A new luxury gourmet destination Gratify has opened at West University
The new Western University restaurant has arrived, with quirky decor and a lush raw bar serving oysters, crudo and carpaccio.
Gratify, the newest restaurant in the spirit behind Coppa Osteria and Brasserie 19, opened quietly this week at 5212 Morningside Drive. The restaurant occupies the former home of Punk’s Simple Southern Food, also of the Clark Cooper Concepts restaurant group, which closed last summer.
While Punk’s focuses on Southern fare like fried chicken, chewy cookies, and straightforward cocktails, Gratify brings a more sophisticated vibe, similar to Brother’s Brasserie 19 restaurant, but focused on American cuisine instead of French cuisine.
Gratify is also intended to serve as a neighborhood bistro. The menu includes dishes like Provencal chicken with pickled vegetables, homemade taglierini pasta with truffle shavings, a neighborhood salad and a charcuterie station to accompany the raw sea bass.
As for the bar, diners can expect a menu of agave-focused spirits, including drinks inspired by other drinks, like the Chateau Marmont hotel bar in West Hollywood and Joanne’s Fine Foods. in Austin. Gratify will also offer a weekend brunch.
In terms of decor, Gratify takes an eclectic bohemian approach, with objects collected by Grant Cooper and his wife Jacy during their various trips. This includes a loveseat that adorned the desk of former Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, mid-century inspired atomic chandeliers, Voutsa wallpaper, and a disco ball. The patio gives a European street cafe vibe with wrought iron benches and railings.
For now, restaurant seats are limited, with dinner service from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Expanded service, as well as brunch, will arrive later this year.