Downtown seafood restaurant Coast Kitchen and Bar is no longer; in its place is new neighborhood-focused restaurant Nueces Kitchen and Bar. While it slowly rolled out its breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus in early January, it fully opened yesterday, Wednesday, January 10.
The mornings are dedicated to breakfast tacos, with options varying from steak and egg, ancho pork, potato and egg; a breakfast sandwich, bagel with cream cheese, and coffee. It’s served until 11 a.m. Then there are sandwiches, tacos, salads, and soups for lunch from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is all about shared plates from salads to Thai chicken wings to tostadas to mac and cheese. Everything is meant to be ordered from the bar.
Chef Ruston Richardson is no longer involved with the restaurant. Instead, chef Kyle Burns, of Hot Mess Food Truck, is in charge of the kitchen, along with Michael Lucey.
It was time to change the downtown restaurant to “suit the neighborhood better,” according to Lion’s Share Hospitality (which owns the restaurant) co-partner Matt Wolski. The area is growing quickly with condos, apartment buildings, hotels, and offices, and they wanted to fulfill the needs of residents and workers. This means a “fast-casual quick-easy breakfast, lunch, and dinner neighborhood spot,” he explained.
Coast closed down just before Christmas in late December 2017 and reopened as Nueces in January 2018. While the kitchen is cooking up the new menu, the space will change to include more outdoor seating and comfortable indoor seating.
Nueces’ hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Hot Mess still operates its food trucks at Lion Share bar Parlor & Yard on West 6th Street and Zilker Brewing Company on East 6th Street. Lion’s Share Hospitality will also oversee forthcoming bar Stereotype. The group also includes Jason Gonzales and Ben Gomez Farias.