by Elizabeth Muscari
Houston just received its first taste of the famous New Orleans BRG Hospitality, Eunice Restaurant & Raw Bar, a contemporary cajun-creole brasserie. Drake Leonards opened Eunice on October 1, bringing good ole Louisiana cooking to Houston’s backyard.
Named after Leonards’ hometown of Eunice, Louisiana, the BRG Hospitality Group brings all the beloved bayou flavors in one place. The menu includes fresh seafood pickings such as an oyster bar, ceviches, gumbo, and roasted gulf grouper. The Upper Kirby district restaurant mixes contemporary charm with classic comfort to create a welcoming environment for both day dining and dinner.
The creative mind behind Eunice’s design is Gin Braverman of Gin Design Group. If you’ve stepped inside places like Axelrad or The Commoner, you’ve experienced this rising design star’s award-winning work. Braverman has quickly become one of Houston’s most sought-after designers. Her experience isn’t just limited to Houston, however, but it also ranges from north to south including projects in Louisiana and Connecticut. With trademarks in unique light fixtures and industrially furnished spaces, Braverman has concocted an aesthetic blend of modernized southern comfort with her Eunice project.
With Eunice, Braverman showcases her ability to connect traditional southern looks with sleek, modern ideas. She boasts a rich professional career with experience in HGTV, film sets, and restaurant/bar spaces, Braverman has worked in design capitals all over the world: Taipei, New York City, and Los Angeles to name a few. She formed Gin Design Group in 2010. The firm has been contracted to design restaurants, pubs, wine bars, multifamily dwellings and has a boutique hotel in the works.
Eunice encompasses Louisiana’s charm with unique items centered around comfort and community. Visitors will dine in an environment that mimics a classic southern home: shades of bayou water blue, wooden floors, big linen lanterns, whitewashed walls, and timbered wooden beams. To add to its familiar comfort, the restaurant boasts antiques loaned from Leonards and Smith families.
Visitors can enjoy Eunice’s atmosphere with a U-shaped quartz-topped bar for smooth southern libations like whiskey and bourbon. The oyster and cruditè stations with a tiled marquee announcing “fresh shucked daily.” The light-filled space offers table and lounge seating, including a tree-shaded outdoor terrace, making it the perfect location for all occasions.
Eunice is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday from 11 am until 10 pm. Saturday dinner service is from 3 until 10 pm. On Sundays, brunch is served from 10 am until 4 pm and dinner from 4 until 9 pm. Happy Hour is available seven days a week from 3 until 6 pm and will offer 75 cent oysters, 1/2 off snacks, draft beer, specialty cocktails and house wines by the glass.
Pro Tip: Order the “Dan Dan” Shrimp during Happy Hour, it’s delish!