Austin chef Paul Qui is expanding his demi empire to Houston. The co-founder of East Side King and owner of Kuneho, a re-imagining of the eponymous restaurant he first opened in East Austin in 2013, will open Aqui at 520 Westheimer Road in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston later this year.
“The focus is on wood and wok cooking with a heavy emphasis on meats and seafood,” Qui told the Statesman. “There will be a big raw bar and open kitchen with counter seating and full bar with cocktails. I’m super excited about the kitchen; it will be the first full kitchen suite that I designed from scratch.”
Qui opened Kuneho the first week of January following the shuttering of Qui, which he closed about six months after being arrested for assault.
As with the restaurant he opened in 2013, Aqui is being designed by A Parallel Architecture, and the chef posted a photo of the rendering today on Instagram (see below). We spoke to the chef last year about his battles with addiction, his arrest and his plans for the future. You can read that here.