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Houston Bar Transforms Into Restaurant With Naan Pizzas and Flashy Cocktails

Replacing Five Nine Lounge, Fusion 59 Eater and Mixology serves up cuisine that leans Indian and Italian

Fusion 59’s Family Tradition cocktail is served smoky in a clear box.
Fusion 59 puts a spin on the traditional Old Fashioned.
Ibrahim Halawa

A Houston bar is getting a second life as a restaurant.

Located in Southwest Houston on 11786 Wilcrest Drive, the bar formerly known as Five Nine Lounge is making way for Fusion 59 Eater and Mixology, a restaurant that combines traditional and contemporary cuisine from around the world for a global experience.

Chef Kristi Courtney, who has consulted with local restaurants like Daily Gather and the now-closed Pass and Provisions, designed Fusion’s menu, featuring appetizers like samosas with cilantro chutney and spicy tamarind sauce; wings, coated either in a coconut curry or a Trinidadian jerk sauce and an assortment of both Italian and Indian-styled pizzas, the latter which are served on naan.

Fusion 59’s naan bread pizzas.
Fusion 59 serves chicken alfredo, antipasti, and an al formaggio pizza on naan.
Ibrahim Halawa

Entrees will also continue the international spirit, with dishes like buttered chicken, Mediterranean salmon, rib-eyes, and pappardelle Bolognese made from braised lamb leg.

The 3,500-square-foot restaurant, which is equipped with an indoor bar, will give guests plenty of opportunities to imbibe. Those looking for an al fresco option can find a seat on the 1,100-square-foot patio.

Plates of buttered chicken, bolognese, a rib-eye, and naan bread pizzas at Fusion 59.
Fusion 59 will serve everything from lamb bologonese and buttered chicken to naan bread pizzas.
Ibrahim Halawa

Mixologist Jojo Martinez uses her expertise to create a diverse cocktail lineup, including Fusion’s rosy margarita, Mi Amorita, made with tequila, rose, orange liqueur, lime, and rose essence; a French 59 made with gin, spiced mango, lemon, and champagne; and the Peaches Down in Georgia, made with grilled peach vodka, peach bitters, vanilla, lemon, and Cava. The Family Tradition cocktail, a smoking spin on Old Fashioned, is made with bourbon, turbinado sugar, and cherry angostura, before its garnished with a citrus twist and Italian cherry, and then served in a clear box.

Fusion 59’s Mi Amorita, served with lime and a rose-infused salt.
Fusion 59’s Mi Amorita is a rosey spin on a classic margarita.
Ibrahim Halawa

Guests interested in sampling Fusion 59’s offerings can take advantage of its $39 Houston Restaurant Weeks menu, which offers a three-course meal, including calamari, wings, or an orzo salad for an appetizer; shrimp pasta, buttered chicken, or al formaggio pizza on naan bread; and bourbon bread pudding, a skillet cookie, or gelato for dessert.

The restaurant is open daily from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 3 p.m. and 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with happy hour, offered daily from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Fusion 59 Eater and Mixologly

11786 Wilcrest Drive, Houston, TX 77099 Visit Website

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