Popular Galveston Taco Shop to Reopen Under New Ownership

A full spread of dishes from Fish Company Taco. Photo by Becca Wright.

Good news for Galveston seafood lovers and foodies across the Greater Houston area: Fish Company Taco, located at 1914 23rd in Galveston, is set to reopen under new ownership this summer. Eat your heart out, Charles Barkley.

Chef Dayatra "Daya" Myers-Hurt and restaurateur Raz Halili. Courtesy photo.
Chef Dayatra “Daya” Myers-Hurt and restaurateur Raz Halili. Courtesy photo.

The beloved taco shop, founded by chef Dayatra “Daya” Myers-Hurt and her wife, Laura, opened in 2018 and operated for five years drawing crowds and often selling out, which left fans scratching their heads when it suddenly shuttered in October 2023. 

It turns out Myers-Hurt has accepted a position as a chef at Galveston’s Lucine Hotel. When Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House and Prestige Oysters owner-operator Raz Halili learned of Fish Company’s closure, he reached out to Myers-Hurt and discovered that, despite the restaurant’s success, she decided to take a step back and return to the core of what she loved doing, without the obstacles of running a small business. Halili offered to buy out Fish Company, recipes and all, and Myers-Hurt accepted. 

Fresh Gulf seafood tacos at Fish Company Taco are available for dine-in or takeway. Photo by Jonathan Elkins.
Fresh Gulf seafood tacos at Fish Company Taco are available for dine-in or takeway. Photo by Jonathan Elkins.

“I liked the idea behind Daya’s concept as soon as I visited and am excited to relaunch something that people loved, that was successful and keeps up a chef-driven mentality,” says Halili, whose own tide-to-table restaurant, Pier 6, garnered a 2022 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best New Restaurant. “It’ll also be fun to venture beyond San Leon. I was born on the island, so it’s a special feeling for me to be able to do something for Galveston, a place that’s a part of me, and to offer that to the community.” 

The revival is in capable hands under Halili, who will operate Fish Company with help from Pier 6 co-owner and executive chef Joe Cervantez and chef de cuisine Lexy Garcia. The team vows to honor Fish Company’s legacy of globally-inspired seafood tacos and creative specials using fresh, seasonal ingredients and local fish market hauls and maintaining Fish Company’s relationships with Galveston’s Katie’s Seafood Market.

Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House co-owner and executive chef Joe Cervantez. Photo by Swiggard Creative.
Pier 6 Seafood & Oyster House co-owner and executive chef Joe Cervantez. Photo by Swiggard Creative.

“[Daya] built a fantastic following, and I didn’t want to see that disrupted,” says Halili. “We want to continue the legacy of what Daya built, using the same high-quality products, creating the same great recipes and serving the food guests have come to love.”

It is slated to reopen in June, with a tasteful refresh of the restaurant space that includes an updated kitchen and bathroom, new flooring, fixtures and a bar top which is replacing the wraparound counter. Mementos, accolades and articles from its initial run will find a place in the new decor, which keeps a colorful, light-hearted beach vibe.

The counter-service restaurant will serve lunch Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will eventually add dinner service, adjusting hours and opening days seasonally. Guests can enjoy tacos, seafood and cocktails (that’s right, it will no longer be BYOB) in the main dining area or on the patios, as well as grab takeaway to enjoy on the beach.

Seasonal specials, tacos and Thai tea at Fish Company Taco. Photo by Fish Company superfan Jonathan Elkins.
Seasonal specials, tacos and Thai tea at Fish Company Taco. Photo by Fish Company superfan Jonathan Elkins.

The new menu will keep Daya’s five core tacos: Baja with lime crème fraîche, “Mexipickle”, cabbage, ranchero salsa and cilantro, Korean Flavors with gochujang, kimchi puree, cilantro and sesame seeds, Vietnamese Flavors with carrot, nước mấm, onion and fresh herbs, Empire with Hunan-style barbecue sauce, green onion and cilantro, and Dirty South with corn relish, Zapp’s Cajun Crawtators and Dad’s Pimento Cheese. It will also introduce rotating specials created by Cervantez and Garcia. The chefs will work with Galveston’s Own Farmers Market to source ingredients, including masa harina made from heirloom, non-GMO Mexican corn for the restaurant’s corn tortillas.

The new, full bar will feature cocktail recipes crafted by Ladies of Libation beverage consultants Laurie Harvey and Kris Sowell, who also developed the cocktail program for Pier 6 and many other local bars and restaurants. A limited selection of wine and beer will be available.

Sunday Chicken & Waffles at Fish Company Taco. Photo by Jonathan Elkins.
Sunday Chicken & Waffles at Fish Company Taco. Photo by Jonathan Elkins.

Follow Fish Company Taco on Instagram and Facebook for updates on the opening, and until then visit Pier 6 in San Leon for a beautiful waterfront Mother’s Day Brunch and Winedown Wednesday Yacht Cruises.

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