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Tiny chef beloved grocery store and restaurant to undergo major changes: Under the radar gem grows up

Tiny chef beloved grocery store & restaurant to undergo major changes

Asia Market new location 4822 Fulton St. February 2015
Asia Market's new restaurant on Fulton Street will feature lots more parking. Zillow.com

One of Houston's most well-regarded Thai restaurants will grow substantially in 2015. Heights restaurant Asia Market revealed that it is splitting its market and restaurant into two separate spaces. 

The market will remain at 1010 West Cavalcade, but the restaurant component will move to the other side of I-45 at 4822 Fulton Street. Lawrence Allen, who owns the business with his wife Noi, tells CultureMap in an email that he expects the new location to open in late May or early June.

 It's become known as a favorite place for chefs like Underbelly's Chris Shepherd to eat and shop. 

Allen explains that the couple chose the new location because it's already been a restaurant, which makes it easier to move through the city's permit process. "We are going to have many more seats, parking and a much larger kitchen," Allen writes. "Plus we will start serving beer and wine!"

The Allens have owned Asia Market since 2008. During that time, the small grocery store and restaurant has become known as a favorite place for chefs like Underbelly's Chris Shepherd to eat and shop.

The move may disappoint people who enjoyed being able to get chicken curry puffs and kaffir lime leaves at the same place, but the possibilities of expanded seating and an expanded menu make the new setup and one mile separation very promising.