Underbelly Hospitality Opens Georgia James Tavern in Downtown Houston

Chris Shepherd’s bottom host Brought many delicious concepts to Houston, and now we can look forward to one more.

On Tuesday, July 27, Underbelly Hospitality will present its casual sister branch to their acclaimed Georgia James restaurant in downtown Houston, Georgia James Tavern.

According to a press release, the Georgia James Tavern will use the same philosophies on sources of information, technique, service and attention to detail that define Georgia James.

“I love Georgia James,” said chef and owner Chris Shepherd. “But I understand that this is not a restaurant that most people can visit on a daily or even weekly basis. The Georgia James Tavern is designed to be a place where our guests want – and can – eat every day.”

To help add some of Georgia James’ original flavor, the new restaurant enlists the help of some of the Undertale veterans. Georgia James current sous chef Matthew “Tally” Coburn will direct the program as the kitchen chef at Georgia James’ new outpost. A technique-driven concept, the Georgia James Tavern has implemented similar but scaled-down performances of some of their popular successes, such as the Xavi Club and the 7 Vegetable Salad.

Visitors to the restaurant will find that the menu is full of varied offerings, ranging from salads, sandwiches, burgers, as well as, steaks painted from cast iron, along with entrees cooked in a wood-fired oven.

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“A tavern is a place where people can gather, drink and eat,” Coburn said. “We want to build a sense of community with this restaurant reinforced by our relationships with local farmers and ranchers, and the simple, technology-driven menu will reflect that relationship. My goal is for our guests to feel the culture we create from the moment they walk in the door.”

In addition to the kitchen, the Georgia James Tavern will offer an extensive wine list, curated by wine director Matthew Fridge, and a cocktail and liquor program by Underbelly’s liquor manager Westin Galleymore.

To match the casual aesthetic, the wine program will include some small names alongside the more popular and heavier hits. Fridge wants the list to offer “something for everyone, from the casual patio bottle to the most sought-after wines.”

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Although the back bar is much smaller than the one in Georgia James, the flavors and quality of the cocktails will not be different. You can see some of Georgia’s classic cocktails on the menu, as well as some new ones that “push boundaries,” and a small list of drinks specifically designed to take off.

In addition, Victoria Dirmond is the confectionery manager of the new eatery and has curated a simple and pleasant dessert program. Delicious treats on the menu include an apple crumble that serves as a tribute to the Georgia James apple pie.

The restaurant is located on the ground floor of Market Square Tower, by Nest Interior Design Group based in Houston.

The Georgia James Tavern opens today, July 27 at the Houston Market Tower. 777 Preston. Hours of operation: 17-22: 00 Tuesday-Thursday, 17-23: 00 Friday-Saturday, 17-21: 00 Sunday.

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