Beef-loving Houstonians will soon have yet another option to satiate their seemingly limitless cravings for USDA Prime ribeyes, strips, and filets. Perry's Steakhouse & Grille, which evolved from a Friendswood butcher shop into a restaurant with locations in all of Houston's major suburbs — as well as Dallas, Austin, Chicago, Denver, and Birmingham — announced Monday that it will open its first inner loop location in the River Oaks Shopping Center.
Slated to open in late 2018, Perry's has claimed the former California Pizza Kitchen space at 1997 W Gray, as well as the second story space that was once home to Baker Street Pub. Plans call for the restaurant's Bar 79 to occupy the first floor, while the main dining room will be located upstairs. All in, the two-story restaurant will occupy almost 13,000-square feet and seat approximately 350 diners.
Known for its signature "seven fingers high" pork chop as well as its Prime steaks, Perry's has earned acclaim for its comfortable dining environment and solicitous service. During lunch on Fridays, the chop sells for only $14.95, which is a deal even River Oaks residents can appreciate.
"We are thrilled to open our first Perry’s Steakhouse located within the inner loop of Houston,” said Perry's founder and owner Chris Perry. “Houston is our hometown and thanks to the support of the local community, we’ve come a long way from our butcher shop beginnings back in 1979. I am proud to bring the best of Perry’s to the heart of Houston.”
Rumors of the restaurant's plans have circulated since at least June when local media blog Swamplot discovered Weingarten Realty's plans to alter the historic shopping center's facade to accommodate Perry's taller first and second stories.
Long concentrated around the Galleria and downtown, steakhouses have been expanding their footprint across the inner loop, including B&B Butchers in 2015 and recently opened New Orleans import Doris Metropolitan in River Oaks. James Beard Award-winner Chris Shepherd announced in December that he will open a steakhouse called Georgia & James in the space currently occupied by his acclaimed restaurant Underbelly.
Perry's will need more than massive pork chops to compete with so many high-flying concepts, but the company's track record of success — and its prime River Oaks location — certainly suggests that it will be a popular destination.