Around thanksgiving, Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel—who together run Better Luck Tomorrow—revealed plans to open a new restaurant at the former Southern Goods location in the Heights.
Now, Yu and Heugel have more news: The restaurant is called Squable, its menu will be a combination of European and American, and it'll have a neighborhood place-to-be vibe. Obviously, it's garnered a lot of attention.
It'll also have these folks running the show: Terry Williams (general manager), Mark Clayton (chef), Drew Gimma (chef), and Anna Wilkins (head bartender). Williams already serves as director of operations at Better Luck Tomorrow, while Clayton (Oxheart) and Gimma (Common Bond Cafe & Bakery) are well-known in the Houston scene (Gimma also worked at Per Se). Wilkins made a name for herself at BLT, running the bar there; she and Williams will create the cocktail list.
Williams will also be working with sommelier Justin Vann (Theodore Rex, Public Services) to create a wine list that combines both natural and classic bottles. On the menu, look for pork neck schnitzel, pasta with butter-braised onions and sheep's milk cheese, and a Dutch baby pancake with cheese and honey. If it sounds a little like a Euro-tilting Nancy's Hustle, you're probably right.
There'll be a bar menu with oysters and other small bites, according to reports. It's set to open in the spring.