More than two years after it was announced, it looks like embattled Greenway Plaza restaurant Eunice has plans to debut later this year.
The restaurant announced that it would be arriving sometime this fall in an update to its website. That’s a change from earlier this month, when the Houston Chronicle reported that it would be opening its doors in late summer. It’s unclear why exactly the restaurant’s opening is being delayed again, but a tipster tells Eater that construction has been slow-going on the space at 3737 Buffalo Speedway.
When the restaurant was announced, it was supposed to open its doors in fall 2017, right around the time that more than 25 former and current employees of Besh’s restaurants came forward to accuse the chef of sexual harassment and “fostering a culture that encouraged harassment and assault.” Besh stepped down from his company Besh Restaurant Group, which has since been renamed BRG Hospitality, about a month after the allegations surfaced, but a representative for the company tells Eater that the chef is still a part-owner of Eunice and BRG Hospitality’s other restaurants.
A recent press release from Eunice reads like Besh doesn’t even exist, instead focusing on Chef Drake Leonards’ plan to bring a “Cajun-Creole” brasserie to Houston. Leonards comes to Houston by way of Louisiana, where he served as executive chef at Besh’s restaurant Luke in New Orleans.
Eunice is expected to open in “early fall.” Stay tuned for more details on its official arrival.
Update, 2:09 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect that Leonards formerly worked as executive chef at Luke in New Orleans, not the restaurant’s San Antonio outpost.