Most of the buildings in the Kings Harbor community—including Chimichurri’s South American Grill, which the pair also owns—were subject to extensive flood damage.
“The damage was so intense that all of this was like a ghost town for a long time,” Ronald said. “Sharky’s, at that moment, had no tangible assets, but some people were still asking on social media when it was coming back. We just thought it will be the best opportunity to come in, embrace the name and embrace the community.”
After purchasing the space and the rights to the name with Rosa’s father, the trio revived Sharky’s in June 2019. The restaurant—positioned with a waterfront view of Lake Houston—offers seasonal seafood, salads, pastas and burgers.
Despite taking over the Sharky’s name, Ronald said they were not given any information or recipes from the previous owner.
“We looked at social media to see what people were saying, so we embarked on trying to learn the recipes with a new chef,” Ronald said.
According to Rosa, the most common menu item cited by social media followers was the shark bites.
“It’s [fried] shrimp stuffed with pepper jack cheese wrapped in bacon,” Rosa said. “Those could never go away.”
After successfully recreating many of the original Sharky’s dishes, Ronald noted the restaurant has also become known for its extensive wine selection, something he brought over from Chimichurri’s.
Looking ahead, Rosa and Ronald said they are pursuing new opportunities to expand.
“That’s what keeps us excited—looking for opportunities to grow not just the current restaurants, but different concepts,” Ronald said.
Sharky’s Waterfront Grill
1660 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Kingwood
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily