Here's a look inside Vessel, the new Mid City destination for Mediterranean-inspired Coastal eats, craft drinks and beer bombers. The location was home to former fine-dining stalwarts Redemption and Christian's, but owners Alec Wilder, Eddie Dyer and Chuck Brechtel wanted to ditch the stuffy vibes with a fresh concept.
The interior's moody amber-hued features are played up with antique chandeliers, an expansive bar set against large stained glass windows, and rafters that resemble a ship's hull (thus one inspiration for the name Vessel). The restaurant will open a large outdoor seating area this fall, so do expect a new spot for enjoying beer bombers in a beer garden setting soon.
As for the bar program, former Booty's bar director, Wyatt Lowrey has created a menu of craft drinks that encompasses a little bit of everything— "lost classics" like the Blood & Sand, house signatures, and a menu of communal drinks served in carafes. There is also a decent selection of large-format beers.
On the food side, chef Nick Vella, whose family is from Malta, has crafted a menu that's heavy on small plates and sides (ie. elevated bar snacks that are great for sharing). Vella pulls inspiration from the Mediterranean with an eye for Coastal cuisine—Critic Ian McNulty has already been taken by the "wild boar pate, octopus topped with shaved bonito and peach salads dappled with ricotta." Also, the pastry chef here Amelia Watts is an August alum, so don't overlook dessert.