Shake-up in Galveston Foodie Scene

Classic Galveston restaurant shakes up chef roster, death knell for private club

Classic Galveston restaurant makes changes at top, adios Pelican Club

Gaido's Galveston exterior
Changes have come to the kitchen at Gaido's in Galveston. Courtesy photo

One of Texas's most iconic restaurants has recently made some changes at the top. 

Gaido's, the restaurant on Galveston's seawall that's been a fixture for more than 100 years, has parted ways with chef Casey Gaido. Similarly, Pelican Club chef Ross Warhol will be leaving the upscale restaurant that's connected to Gaido's at the end of the month. Gaido's, Inc. owner Nick Gaido, cousin of the chef, confirmed the news that was first reported by food writer Robb Walsh. 

"Ross is going back to his hometown of Buffalo," Gaido tells CultureMap. "He wanted to go home, and I respect that."

Until Gaido hires Warhol's replacement, Pelican Club will cease daily operations after January 31 and become a space for private events, but Gaido says he's still committed to the transition the space from a members-only venue into an upscale restaurant. When it reopens, Pelican Club will still serve cuisine Gaido describes as "progressive American, but with a stronger emphasis on fresh, local seafood."

That emphasis on local sourcing and fresh seafood extends to Gaido's proper, which is rededicating itself both to quality service and cutting every piece of fish to order under new executive chef Luigi Martinez. 

Ultimately, Gaido says he'd like to bring the same exterior and interior renovation to Gaido's that the company did when it converted Casey's into Nick's Kitchen & Beach Bar and added Redfish Pool Bar. Those changes are tentatively on the books for 2017.