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First-in-the-nation seafood restaurant from Mexico is latest addition to booming Houston scene

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Peska seafood restaurant BLVD Place rendering exterior day July 2014
Peska, set to open in the fall, will feature a 'seafood bar' where diners are able to choose from fresh fish from around the globe. Rendering courtesy of Wulfe & Co.
Peska seafood restaurant BLVD Place interior rendering July 2014
The contemporary interiors of the new restaurant fit with the modern design of BLVD Place. Rendering courtesy of Wulfe & Co.
Peska seafood restaurant BLVD Place rendering exterior day July 2014
Peska seafood restaurant BLVD Place interior rendering July 2014

A one-of-a-kind seafood restaurant is set to join BLVD Place, the long-awaited mixed-use development currently under construction in the Galleria area. Developer Wulfe & Co.  announced that Peska will be the first restaurant in the United States from the Mexico-based Ysita family, known for their La Trainera restaurants in Mexico City and Acapulco.

The Ysita's have maintained a residence in the Uptown area for some time, a fact which led the family to choose Houston as the location for their next restaurant.

 The concept behind the contemporary restaurant is unique, even in a city known for taking culinary risks. 

“Houston is our second home, and we have been waiting patiently for the ideal location to introduce Peska here," siblings Diego and Maite Ysita said in a statement. "Drawing on the international diversity of this neighborhood and its appeal to both business and leisure travelers from around the world, the menu will focus on the best of globally sourced seafood and cuisine that blends the cooking styles of the Mediterranean, Europe and South America."

The concept behind the contemporary restaurant is unique, even in a city known for taking culinary risks. Upon entering the 6,000-square-foot space, customers will be met with "a 16-foot-long ice case displaying fresh fish from around the world" and "a 'seafood sommelier' [to] take them to the display and guide them through the market catches of the day, helping them pick fish for their meal," according to the Houston Chronicle.

Peska will anchor the highly visible north end of the BLVD Place development, located at the corner of Post Oak Boulevard and San Felipe. The complex is already 80 percent leased and Phase II of the development, which includes a 52,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market and the 55,000 square foot regional headquarters for Frost Bank, is scheduled to open in early fall.

Phase I of the BLVD Place development is a four-level, 70,000 square foot retail and office building that includes tenants such as RDG + Bar Annie, The Table on Post Oak, Hermès and Herman Miller. Hermès plans to leave the development for the competing River Oaks District complex, set to open next year about a mile or so away. 

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