No more Mala downtown

Acclaimed Chinese restaurant suddenly shutters in downtown food hall

Acclaimed Chinese restaurant suddenly shutters in downtown food hall

Finn Hall interior
Finn Hall has lost another tenant. Photo by Shawn Chippendale

Downtown food hall Finn Hall has lost its second opening tenant. Shortly after the venue welcomed Pizza Zquare to replace the shuttered Mr. Nice Pie, comes news that acclaimed Chinese restaurant Mala Sichuan has closed.

Mala Sichuan has earned a number of awards, including a James Beard Award Best Chef: Southwest finalist nomination for chef Jianyun Ye. The restaurant's other locations — the original in Chinatown, its expansion in Montrose, and a recently opened outpost in Katy Asian Town — all remain open. 

In response to CultureMap's request for comment, a representative provided the following statements from Finn Hall's management and from Mala Sichuan.

“We are happy to have had the Mala Sichuan team as part of our inaugural group of operators at Finn Hall and wish them continued success with their restaurants," Finn Hall's owners stated. "We look forward to welcoming a new operator soon and bringing a new concept to Downtown Houston.”

Mala's statement is as follows: “Due to numerous business obligations outside of Finn Hall, we made the difficult decision to close our Finn Hall operation. We very much appreciate the opportunity to have operated at Finn Hall over the past year and bring Mala Sichuan to downtown Houston.”

In addition to Mala and Pizza Zquare, Finn Hall's tenants include Dish Society, Goode Co. Taqueria, Vietnamese restaurant Sit Lo, Korean restaurant Yong, Craft Burger, seafood restaurant Low Tide, and Mediterranean restaurant Oddball Eats. It also has a coffee bar from Amaya Roasting and a cocktail bar.