- Signage in One Park Place lobby. [EHTX]
- The lovely pita conveyor. [EHTX]
- Where you'll find said pitas. [EHTX]
- One of the prepared foods areas. [EHTX]
- The vast expanse of the downstairs area. [EHTX]
- Seating area where you can enjoy those famous pitas. [EHTX]
- Shelving/railing on the mezzanine level. [EHTX]
- Staircase to the mezzanine. [EHTX]
- Future salad bar
- Where the bar will be
Houstonians have been patiently awaiting the completion of Phoenicia's new downtown location, even if the opening date has been pushed back from April to September. Eater has your first look at the interior of the new space.
Coming together nicely, the massive location will house an international deli, prepared foods, dry goods, housewares, wines, beers and just about anything your little epicurean heart can handle - even hookahs.
In addition to the market space, Phoenicia is tacking on a wine and beer bar that will be open until 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday called MKT Bar. Not just for a good buzz, MKT will also be home to Phoenicia's restaurant, complete with tableside service (on the weekends), coffee and gelato selections.
But our favorite part, aside from the free garage parking, are the pita conveyors that will transport and cool freshly made pitas from the kitchen on the mezzanine level to the ground floor. There's also a conveyor that will transport fresh pizzas and flatbreads for sale in the prepared foods section. The new conveyors are so important, Phoenicia had a consultant come in all the way from Lebanon to help with design and installation.
Not familiar with Phoenicia? Hit up their original location in west Houston at 12141 Westheimer to get a taste of what they're bringing to downtown in late September. Hint: there's going to be plenty of pitas.