Back to Press + Awards

Sneak peek: Look inside downtown Houston food hall opening soon

Houston Business Journal | 11.29.2018

Finn Hall, one of four new food halls under development downtown, is ready to open to the public on Dec. 3.

It occupies 20,000 square feet within The Jones on Main's JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building at 712 Main St. It will be open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday from 7 a.m. to midnight, Saturday from 8 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

A food hall is similar to a food court in a mall or airport but elevated by offering different food options from independent chefs rather than chains. Austin-based Oz Rey LLC, which operates Finn Hall, issues 12- to 24-month operating licenses for its tenants to ensure that tenants are constantly changing, the Houston Business Journal previously reported.

Finn Hall will house 10 food vendors:

Goode Company Taqueria from local brand Goode Company Restaurants.

Low Tide from Alli Jarrett of Harold’s Restaurant & Tap Room.

Mr. Nice Pie from Brandon Young, who’s behind Moon Tower Inn, Voodoo Queen Daiquiri Dive and Love Buzz.

Dish Society from Aaron Lyons.

Mala Sichuan Bistro from Cori Xiong and Heng Chen.

Amaya Coffee from Max Gonzalez, who owns Catalina Coffee and Amaya Roasting Co.

Craft Burger from Shannen Tune of Craft Burger Food Truck.

Oddball Eats from food truck owners and siblings Rani Francis and Rene Francis.

Sit Lo from Jay Le, Adrienne Le and Jeff Jacobson of Bowl’D Up food truck.

Yong from Daniel Ajtai, a former chef at La Grange and Cottonwood.

Additionally, Finn Hall — named after Alfred Finn, the architect of the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Building — will have two bars operated by Oz Rey:

St. Jac’s will be in the main hall with vendors and will offer craft beer, wine and cocktails.

Swallow’s Nest, an Art Deco bar, will be on a mezzanine level above Finn Hall and will serve cocktails.

Swallows Nest and St. Jac’s will be the only two establishments in Finn Hall to offer alcohol. Customers can order drinks at either bar and enjoy them anywhere within Finn Hall or its outdoor patio. The bars will offer happy hour Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m., according to a press release. On the weekends, happy hour will be from 1 to 6 p.m.

Additionally, Finn Hall will offer its own in-house food delivery and catering service from all 10 vendors via its website. Initially, the service will deliver to buildings in the area of Main and Rusk streets, but it will expand to surrounding areas throughout December and January, per the release.

By the end of 2019, Houston’s downtown area will have at minimum five operating food halls.