Perry's Steakhouse and Grille, 1997 West Gray, opened February 11. The stunning two story restaurant and bar takes over the space that was previously a California Kitchen and as many Houstonians of a certain age remember, a hopping Birra Poretti's. The location in the River Oaks Shopping Center is the first Perry's Steakhouse within the 610 Loop. Founder and owner Chris Perry said in a press release, " We are thrilled to open our first Perry's Steakhouse located within the inner loop of Houston. Houston is our hometown and thanks to the support of the local community, we've come a long way from our butcher shop beginnings."
We are all a little more sophisticated and some more well-heeled, which is a good thing if you are stepping out in River Oaks and stepping in to Perry's Bar 79, which takes up the entire first floor of the new design. The main dining room is located up an elegant staircase, lit by a multi-globed glass chandelier. Beverage Director Susi Zivanovic told the Houston Press that there is an elevator for those who cannot navigate the stairs or prefer a less daunting exit after a few cocktails.
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