Love the gumbo and raw bar at Liberty Kitchen, but hate driving into the Heights? Good news -- especially for Galleria-area food fans -- because owners Lee Ellis and Lance Fegen are launching a second location of the seafood restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Vida Sexy Tex-Mex.
The spot at 4224 San Felipe, which was vacated by Vida in September, is still owned by Vida's former show-runner, Trey Melcher, who is leasing the space to Ellis and Fegen. Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette -- the new location's name -- will be the pair's fourth restaurant in Houston, including BRC Gastropub and Petite Sweets.
In a press release, Ellis and Fegen called the new 4,000-square-foot Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette a "big brother to the original Liberty Kitchen," and said that it "should be described as 'similar but not the same.'"
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Fans of Liberty Kitchen's original location can expect "the same is great food and service, supported by a high energy, focused staff," said the duo.
Liberty Kitchen and Oysterette plans to open in spring 2013.