Pour one out
Lavish Mediterranean seafood restaurant suddenly shutters in River Oaks District
A River Oaks District restaurant has served its last shellfish. Ouzo Bay had its last day of service on April 30, owners Atlas Restaurant Group announced.
The space will not stay empty for long, as Atlas plans to convert it into another, unnamed restaurant that will open later this year. Loch Bar, Atlas Restaurant Group’s East Coast-inspired seafood tavern that’s next to Ouzo Bay, remains open for business. The company also operates Marmo, an Italian-inspired steakhouse in the Montrose Collective mixed-use development.
Open since 2019, Ouzo Bay served a menu of Mediterranean-inspired seafood alongside Greek-inspired dishes such as spanakopita, stuffed grape leaves, and braised lamb shank in a luxurious environment. Diners could pair ingredients such as Norwegian langoustines, West African salt prawns, and branzino from the Aegean Sea with a beverage program centered around Greek wines and classic cocktails. While Ouzo Bay had developed a following during its four-year run, Atlas decided to switch things up.
"We are constantly reevaluating our restaurants to ensure they are resonating with guests in their respective markets,” Atlas Restaurants founder and president Alex Smith said in a statement. “Ouzo Bay had a great run, but we felt the time was right to bring something fresh and new to the River Oaks District, a premier mixed-use development that is increasingly becoming a dining destination in Houston. We hope to share details on the concept this summer, ahead of its winter debut.”
Atlas has many other restaurants in its portfolio that could come to Houston to replace Ouzo Bay. For example, the Baltimore-based company operates concepts such as Maximón, a Mexican and South American-inspired restaurant; Azumi, a Japanese restaurant that serves sushi and grilled items; and Italian Disco, a pizzeria that also serves sandwiches and salads.
Whatever the company decides, the new restaurant will join a dynamic group of restaurants in River Oaks District that includes Steak 48, Vietnamese restaurant Le Colonial, French restaurant Toulouse, Spanish restaurant MAD, brunch concept Little Hen, and burger favorite Hopdoddy.
The development will soon welcome Ojo de Agua, a Mexico City-based all-day cafe, and Bari Ristorante, a casual Italian restaurant.