Kevin Bryant is getting ready to swim with the fishes. In a good way.
The chef who opened the Capitol at St. Germain (and recently departed L’Olivier after a brief stint) is working on opening a new restaurant at 607 W. Gray in the former Bibas Diner spot.
The new restaurant, which is under construction and expected to open in March, will be called 11:11. Or Eleven 11. Either way, you can call it Eleven Eleven. The name, according to Bryant who will act as executive chef, is “a lucky number for them.”
In this case, the luck may come from Bryant’s seafood-centric menu which he describes as “Southern coastal.” There will be an oyster bar, a raw bar program (sourcing East Coast bivalves), sashimi, lobsters, and a ceviche of the day. The restaurant will use Gulf seafood where appropriate, but source from all over.
“We’re excited,” said Bryant, whose resume includes Tony’s Oceanaire and Landry’s restaurants). “There’s a lot of opportunities to be creative with the menu – with concepts and ideas.”
The building currently is being renovated and will include seating on the main floor and bar area for 120 with a patio that can accommodate about 100 additional guests; upstairs will be private dining for 80-90 including a private terrace. There also will be a chef’s table accommodating up to 12.
Expect a casual fine dining restaurant, Bryant said. “The management team is all from fine dining.”
Good luck, 11:11.