Gabriela’s Expands to Houston
The irrepressible Bucio siblings make a bold southern move
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
10:01AM, Mon. Feb. 21, 2022
They brought us Gabriela’s and Gabriela’s Downtown. They invigorated our city’s culinary landscape with the all-pink taqueria called Taquero Mucho, the javalicious Revival Coffee, and that Sinaloa-style seafood and sushi eatery Seareinas – to say nothing of the popular Mala Vida and Mala Santa nightclubs. And now?
And now, Gabriela’s Group – the locally based hospitality powerhouse founded in 2018 by siblings and Mexico natives Gabriela and Arturo Bucio – the independently and Latin-owned restaurant group that opened four Austin venues in the past year alone – is taking on Houston.
Smack in the midst of that city’s maddening (or, perhaps, endearing) sprawl, comes Gabriela’s Midtown – featuring the by-now familiar menu inspired by Michoacán family recipes and emphasizing fresh ingredients. This newest Gabriela’s will also showcase the popular bar program that includes fresh-squeezed juices from fruits such as tamarindo, mangos, and grapefruits. More delicious food and dazzling drinks for our neighbors to the south, all served up with the typical Gabriela’s flair, set to debut later this spring? They’re shooting for the moon, you might say, and – Houston, we don’t have a problem.
Your Chronicle team loves a good success story – Hello there, Soup Peddler! Howdy, Tiki Tatsu-ya! – and we suspect this will be another one of those. In the meantime, while continuing to enjoy the Gabriela’s joints already among us, we can only guess what further delights the Bucio siblings might bring to our river city (and beyond) in the years ahead.