One of Houston's most reliable destinations for gumbo and oysters will have a new home in 2019. Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood and Steaks will serve its last meal at its current home in Chelsea Market on December 31, owner Kyle Teas announced.
Beginning in early 2019, the restaurant will have a new home in the former Mockingbird Bistro space at 1985 Welch St. When it does, Danton's will have a new name — Eugene's Gulf Coast Cuisine. That the restaurant would move has been known since last month, but the name change indicates a new direction for the concept that Teas founded with chef Danton Nix in 2007.
“When we switch to Eugene’s we will continue to convey what is truly important to us: family values, excellent food, and fantastic service. We want it to reflect a true Southern upbringing,” Teas said in a statement. "Eugene is my father’s name, so our core values will remain the same, but guests can expect refreshing updates."
Renovations are currently underway to transform Mockingbird, which closed in 2016 after 15 years in business, into Eugene's. When it opens in early 2019, the menu will preserve favorite dishes and cocktails from the current Danton's menu. Similarly, Eugene's will still feature a wood-burning grill and scratch-made dishes.
“I look forward to expanding into Eugene’s and creating a concept that our customers resonate with that is even better than before,” adds Teas. “And yes, there will be an oyster bar!”