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Canadian restaurant claims prime Galleria space for first Houston location

Canadian restaurant claims prime Galleria space for Houston location

Joey restaurant sushi
A selection of sushi. Courtesy of Joey
Joey restaurant ramen
Miso ramen bowl. Courtesy of Joey
Joey restaurant cocktails
The restaurant serves a wide variety of cocktails. Courtesy of Joey
Joey restaurant sushi
Joey restaurant ramen
Joey restaurant cocktails

Looks like the space that's currently home to Yauatcha won't stay empty for long. After the upscale dim sum restaurant closes on February 16, it will become home to Joey, an upscale-casual restaurant with 28 locations across Canada and the West Coast (Eater Houston was first to report Joey's plans). 

The restaurant's menu offers a mix of both classic American fare and globally inspired dishes. At the Los Angeles location, diners may start with hummus, gyoza, or steak and lobster ravioli before moving on to sushi, burgers, or salads. Entree options run the gamut from chicken parmesan and spaghetti pomodoro to butter chicken, sake-glazed salmon, and steaks.

A representative tells CultureMap that construction on the space will begin in March, but that a specific timeline for opening has yet to be determined. In addition to Houston, Joey will add locations in Manhattan Beach and Miami in 2020.

Adding Joey to its mix with give the Galleria another casual option alongside places like The Cheesecake Factory, Fig & Olive, and Blanco Tacos & Tequila. Of course, the mall also offers plenty of more upscale options, including global sushi juggernaut Nobu and Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse. Musaafer, an ambitious Indian restaurant from the Dubai-based Spice Route Company, will also open later this year. 

Joey isn't the only Canadian restaurant to open in the Galleria area. Moxie's, a Canadian-based sports bar, has been a hit since it opened at the corner of Westheimer and Post Oak in 2018.