better late than never
Downtown's newest food hall toasts grand opening with 4 diverse new offerings
Downtown’s newest food hall has announced new vendors with a grand opening celebration scheduled for this Saturday, April 22. Six months after making its debut, Lyric Market has made some key changes to its offerings.
The new vendors are:
- Mama’s Texas Smokehouse: The Katy barbecue truck has a new home downtown with a menu of smoked meat that includes brisket, ribs, sausage, pulled pork, chicken, and turkey along with sides such as dirty rice and baked beans.
- Francis’ Cafe: Mama’s Texas Smokehouse owner Francis Jones serves sandwiches, salads, and soups at this all-day concept.
- Café JuJu: A plant-based restaurant that serves cold-pressed juices along with comfort food dishes such as wings, burgers, and vegan tacos.
- Starbucks: Favorites from the global coffee juggernaut are now available at Press Waffle Co.
They join the food hall’s existing restaurants that include modern Mexican restaurant Mexology, Cajun concept 1929 Po-Boy Kitchen, Indian street food stand Kati Roll Wala, and Press Waffle Co.
Notably, the food hall has experienced some turnover since its opening in September. Original sushi restaurant Sushi Muse has been replaced by Horu Sushi Kitchen. Similarly, barbecue restaurant Lottie’s Smokehouse, Nashville hot chicken restaurant BAD CHX, and Middle Eastern restaurant Alenbi Falafel + Hummus have closed their Lyric Market outposts.
Saturday’s grand opening will take place from 12-3 pm. The event features live music, face painting, vendor samples, a balloon installation, and more.
Located in the Theater District at 411 Smith St., the 14,000-square-foot space is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the week with lunch and dinner available on the weekends. The facility includes a 7,500-square-foot deck, a private event space, and a mural by artist Alex Arzu. An adjacent parking garage offers hundreds of spaces
“We take pride in working with up-and-coming restaurateurs at Lyric Market, and we are excited to bring these new concepts into our food hall,” Lyric Market general manager Nick Vroulis said in a statement. “In addition to our current vendor roster, These new concepts will allow both locals and visitors alike to experience the best of the Houston food scene in one visit, from Texas barbecue and vegan comfort food to Indian street food, sushi and Belgian waffles.”