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Upcoming downtown food hall names final 4 concepts

Houston Business Journal | 05.02.2018

Finn Hall, one of several food halls coming to downtown Houston, has secured its final restaurant tenants before it opens in mid-2018.

Craft Burger, Oddball Eats, Sit Lo and Yong are joining six other previously named concepts inside the 20,000-square-foot project in The Jones on Main in the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building at 712 Main St., according to a press release. Finn Hall will be the first brick-and-mortar location for each of the four concepts.

“We want to be a food hall that houses established Houston concepts but also a place that can foster the growth of the next generation of culinary talent in the city,” Greg Andrews of the Finn Hall management team said in the release. “We’re thrilled for Finn Hall to be the location where these concepts can develop and come to life.”

Craft Burger will serve burgers, onion rings, fries, shakes and more from the Craft Burger Food Truck that was started in 2015 by Shannen Tune, who won the Food Network TV show "Chopped" in 2016. The concept's menu will include items such as the Morning After Burger, which is made of black angus beef, brown sugar and chili-rubbed candied bacon with a sunny-side up egg and smoked gouda — all served on a bacon-cheddar waffle bun.
 
Oddball Eats is a falafel-focused Mediterranean food truck that started as a booth at the local Urban Harvest Farmers Market. It’s owned by siblings Rani and Rene Francis. At the food hall, Oddball Eats will offer an expanded version of its food truck menu, including rotating vegetable sides and brunch items in addition to favorites such as lamb chorizo fries and a chicken shawarma sandwich. 

Sit Lo is a new concept from the team behind the Bowl’D Up food truck. Siblings Jay Le, Adrienne Le and Jeff Jacobson will serve Vietnamese street food using family recipes to introduce guests to Houston's ‘Little Saigon’ food culture. The concept's menu will include pho, vermicelli bowls, banh mi and regional dishes from southern Vietnam. 
Yong is the brainchild of Daniel Aitai, a former chef at La Grange and Cottonwood. The fast-casual Korean concept will serve Aitai’s family recipes. Menu items will include Korean barbecue bowls, double-fried chicken and egg rolls. 

Finn Hall’s six other concepts are Goode Co. Taqueria, Low Tide, Mr. Nice Pie, Dish Society, Mala Sichuan and Amaya Coffee. Click through the slideshow below for photos from those concepts.

Previously announced concepts at Finn Hall:

The upcoming downtown food hall has secured the following concepts: Goode Co. Taqueria, Low Tide from Harold's in the Heights, Mr. Nice Pie from Love Buzz, Dish Society, Mala Sichuan Bistro and Amaya Coffee from Catalina Coffee.
Goode Co. Tacqueria will open a location inside the upcoming Finn Food Hall.

“Over the last few years, I’ve watched the food hall trend develop and watched how people interact with the food hall scene,” Levi Goode, CEO and president of Goode Company Restaurants, said in a release. “We’re excited to offer our food to our current customers who work downtown and introduce our food to a new generation in this environment.”

In addition to the 10 food outlets, Finn Hall will have a craft-beer and curated-wine bar, an art-deco cocktail lounge and private event spaces. Austin-based Oz Rey LLC is the developer of the project, and the general contractor is Houston-based David E. Harvey Builders Inc.

The food hall is part of a major renovation project that Houston-based Midway and Lionstone Investments began in April 2016 that also rebranded the towers at 708 Main and 712 Main as The Jones on Main. However, 712 Main also retained the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building name, which stems from its lead tenant.