A community-style French cuisine bistro is opening March 21 in Rice Village, according to a news release.

Eau Tour, French for "water journey," will take over the former Thai Spice restaurant space at 5117 Kelvin Drive, Houston. Owner Benjy Levit also operates the adjoining restaurant Local Foods, Local Foods Market and the speakeasy-style wine bar Lees Den.

“Our goal is to open an intimate space with a refined but not too serious dinner party atmosphere with food meant to be passed around accompanied with fun tunes. Eau Tour is a spot for the community to hang and enjoy happy habits,” Levit said in a statement.

The 2,000-square-foot concept, with bar and booth seating, will focus on bringing guests a relaxing atmosphere that serves chef-driven, shareable plates, that are meant to be shared with friends and family, according to the news release. Design inside Eau Tour boasts art deco with bright pops of color and vintage light fixtures.

Guests at Eau Tour can expect contemporary French cuisine with a lighter fare with a menu centered around seafood and wood-burning ovens. Led by Executive Chefs Kent Domas and Maria Gonzalez, the news release said food options include caviar, scallop with blood oranges and pistachio, tuna tartare, and seared sea trout with smoked onion.

The restaurant also offers wine selections and cocktails with influences from France’s classic region as well as U.S. wine.

Eau Tour will be open for dinner service Tuesday-Sunday from 4-10 p.m.

713-492-2490. www.eautourrestaurant.com