Brasserie 19 owners open a new high-end bistro
Clark Cooper Concepts opened Gratify, 5212 Morningside, in its former Punk’s Simple Southern space. Photo: Clark Cooper Concepts
Satisfied, a new upscale restaurant focused on raw bar offerings, is now open in the Rice Village area in the former Punk’s Simple Southern Food space.
Clark Cooper Concepts (Brasserie 19, Coppa Osteria) has renovated its Punk’s space, adjacent to Coppa, to accommodate the new brand described as a neighborhood restaurant designed as a “contemporary Versailles”, an adult getaway for a Negroni or an Aperol Spritz accompanied oysters or a little caviar. The restaurant, designed very much in French bistro fashion, influenced by the travels of co-owner Grant Cooper with his wife Jacy, and Cooper’s European upbringing.
The menu is packed with shareable raw sea bass offerings including oysters and seafood rounds, ceviche, melody tartare, shrimp cocktail, Rockefeller oysters and caviar (Kaluga noir or osetra). Other bistro dishes: smoked trout rillettes, smoked salmon platter, wagyu carpaccio, cold cuts and cheese board, pepper steak, Provencal chicken, ribs and pasta with truffle shavings. And yes, a homemade burger on brioche with Gruyère and Dijon mustard, of course.
In 2019, Clark Cooper announced that they were developing a healthy food brand with a similar name, Satisfy. This project, scheduled for 2229 San Felipe, is still ongoing and is expected to open later this year.
Gratify, meanwhile, is sure to appeal to West U audiences looking for new, high-end dining options for cocktails and crab salad. Gratify, 5212 Morningside, is open for a limited number of seats Tuesday through Thursday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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