Houston’s food hall landscape is about to heat up with the opening of Lyric Market, which will bring nine new food stall vendors and a bar to downtown when it opens this fall.
Hospitality HQ, led by founding partner chef/cookbook author Akhtar Nawab, announced this week it will open the long-awaited food hall this fall at Lyric Tower, 411 Smith, first announced in 2018. Ensconced in a block-long space in downtown’s Theater District, Lyric Market will join downtown food halls already in operation including Bravery Chef Hall, Underground Hall, Finn Hall, Understory, and Post Market.
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The new food vendors coming to Lyric Market will include:
Sushi Muse: A New York-based sushi concept founded in 2020 by chef Hiroki Odo who earned a Michelin star from his work at the 14-seat kaiseki restaurant Odo.
 
Mexology: This modern Mexican restaurant from chef Ivy Stark will specialize in healthy, plant-based cuisine.
 
Alenbi Falafel + Hummus: Sof Hospitality, already a Houston player with its popular Doris Metropolitan steakhouse, Badolina Bakery, and Hamsa restaurant, will debut its newest concept featuring Middle Eastern street food, focusing on falafel and hummus.
 
Lottie’s Smokehouse: Pitmaster Scott Lottie will helm this new Texas barbecue brand.
 
Bad Chx: The Nashville hot chicken truck already operating in Houston will have a new home in Lyric for its menu of hot chicken tenders, sandwiches, and loaded fries.
 
1929 Po-Boy Kitchen: Chef Monica Landry will offer Nola-inspired fare specializing in authentic po’boy sandwiches (fried catfish, fried shrimp, soft shell crab, fried oysters, roast beef, Peacemaker), gumbo, yakamein, jambalaya and fried seafood platters.
 
Press Waffle Co.: With locations in Texas including the Woodlands, this concept offers authentic Liege-style Belgian waffles from a dough, not batter.
 
Kati Roll Wala: Specializing in Indian street food kati rolls, Kati will offer a variety of Indian flatbread rolls, bowls (chicken tikka, aloo gobi, keema), and drinks including masala chai, teas, and lassis.
“We are thrilled to announce the opening of this innovative food hall in Downtown Houston,” Nawab said. “Our number one goal is to provide support for best-in-class restauranteurs and truly invest in the surrounding community. We are looking forward to becoming a part of the culturally diverse tapestry that is Houston.”
Look here for updates on Lyric Market as it readies its opening.
Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at greg.morago@chron.com. Hear him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn about Houston and Texas barbecue culture.
Greg Morago was a features editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes about food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty. He is a native Arizonan and member of the Pima tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.

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