Esther’s Cajun Café & Soulfood restaurant will open a brand new location this fall at 5007 N. Shepherd in Independence Heights. The second Esther’s will characteristic the identical menu as the unique with new dishes and a cocktail menu. Picture: Esther’s Cajun Cafe & Soulfood
Esther’s Cajun Café & Soulfood, the Houston consolation meals outpost recognized for dishes akin to smothered pork chops, fried rooster, oxtails, and rooster and dumplings, will now have a brand new location within the Independence Heights neighborhood.
The family-owned restaurant introduced Tuesday it should open this fall at 5007 N. Shepherd solely blocks from the unique Esther’s at 5204 Yale. Each eating places will be a part of the corporate’s non-public occasions and catering venue at 1102 Pinemont, giving chef/founder Esther Lewis-Bernard, generally known as Queen Esther, three venues for her conventional Cajun and soul meals delicacies.
“We’re not shifting—we’re rising,” Lewis-Bernard mentioned. “We’ll nonetheless be proper right here in Independence Heights, the place I raised my six kids and my mother and father Nathaniel and Gladiola Lewis raised all 11 of their youngsters. That is our house, and we love serving our neighborhood.”
The brand new location, a lot bigger than the unique restaurant, will supply a vibrant eating room, bar, and personal eating area. Moreover, there will probably be a walk-up/curbside service window, a child-friendly patio, and weekend valet service. A brand new bar menu will supply Louisiana- and Southern-themed cocktails, seasonal frozen cocktails, and candy adults-only Kool-Assist.
The bigger kitchen will give Esther’s the chance to broaden the menu that the unique restaurant could not accommodate. These new menu additions will embrace turkey necks, white beans, beef suggestions, and lamb chops. They’ll be a part of present menu gadgets akin to smothered pepper steak, garlic roasted baked rooster, meatloaf, Cajun fettuccine pasta, fried catfish, shrimp and crawfish etouffee, rooster and waffles, turkey wings, blackened tilapia, gumbo, crimson beans, corn bread, banana pudding, and peach cobbler.
The brand new location is a serious step for the enterprise that Lewis-Bernard started in 2008.
“This journey was an act of religion for Esther,” mentioned Glashanda Lewis-Bernard, Esther’s oldest daughter and the model’s enterprise supervisor. “She trusted God’s phrase, and fourteen years later we’re nonetheless rising. The legacy continues from era to era as three of my mom’s kids now lead as restaurateurs: my sister Dru Evans, my brother Lonnie Dow IV, and myself. This new location goes to permit us to serve everybody in much more methods, and we couldn’t be extra excited and grateful.”
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