According to a June 29 press release from the media company working in tandem with Regent Square and Underbelly, the new location will serve as an anchor for the second phase of Regent Square’s development. Georgia James is the first of three “jewel box spaces,” while a second Underbelly Hospitality concept, an Italian eatery called Pastore, is in the process of an interior build-out next door.
Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a space that retains the original essence of Georgia James with nods toward mid-century styles. However, the look and feel of the location is “decidedly different,” according to the release, which said the floorplan’s color and design will mimic the surrounding environmental areas, including Buffalo Bayou and Regent Square’s green space.
“This is our first new-build site, which created a variety of benefits for the resulting design and functionality of the space,” said Chris Shepherd, the James Beard Award-winning chef and Underbelly co-founder, in the release. “We are so excited to welcome guests into this cosmopolitan, serene and airy dining room that is as much a representation of Houston’s evolution as it is of our own.”
While dining, patrons will also have the opportunity to see the venue's glassed wine room, which has the ability to hold up to 3,800 bottles, and its meat-aging room. According to the release, a second-floor lounge area is expected to debut later in July, featuring barrio lighting, fire pits, soft seating and skyline views.
Returning and new guests can expect a menu that “pays homage to Houston’s diverse culinary scene,” the release said. Menu items will range from signature cast-iron seared steaks to cold seafood and seasonal sides.
The beverage program includes a list of 500 wines from around the world. A beverage team will introduce diners to new global spirits from companies that focus on quality and environmental awareness, the release said.