Pappas revives his intimate and beloved seafood restaurant Inner Loop

In the world of Houston restaurants, “temporarily closed” usually means closed for good, but every once in a while an establishment gets a second chance. To count Little Pappas Seafood House among these privileged few.

Closed since last year due to the pandemic, Inner Loop’s favorite intimate seafood restaurant will reopen early next year with a new name that reflects one of its most popular items: Little Pappas Seafood House Oyster Bar. Seafood lovers have always feasted on oysters at Little Pappas — keeping an eye on the marquee for specials on prized bivalves — but now they’ll be more explicit with selections from the East Coast and Gulf.

For the rest of the menu, look for Gulf fish such as snapper caught by Pappas Restaurants’ own boats and Palacios’ farm-raised redfish, plus a few fried selections, appetizers like crab cakes and a quail skewer and Maine lobster. Pappas’ signature Greek salad will also be available.

Likewise, Pappas wine director Robert Smith plans to fill the list with around 60 “cool bottles” (his words) that pair well with oysters and other seafood, especially champagne, whites European wines and lighter reds such as Pinot Noir.

Changes to the space include new counters and a refreshed bar with new stools. Outside, the 24-seat terrace will be equipped with brand new furniture.

Pappas plans to start hiring in early January. The restaurant will open as soon as its team is formed and ready to go.

Little Pappas isn’t the only Pappas restaurant to get a second chance in 2022. The company will relaunch its Greek restaurant Yia Yia Mary’s — now Yia Yia Pappas — in the former Pappadeaux space on Richmond Avenue.

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