While the announcement for Hunky Dory has been out for a while now, today the guys behind that project have announced that they will also be opening a second concept Foreign Correspondents, which will share Hunky Dory's site. In an in-house-generated interview and announcement, the group behind Down House and Richard Knight from now-defunct Feast will take on roles at Foreign Correspondents. Cusack will be the owner, Benjy Mason will be the culinary director, PJ Stoops will be the head chef, and Knight will be a part of it in as far as they're "working together for a united chef front for both the restaurants" and will be the head chef at Hunky Dory. Both establishments will converge in a small, private dining area that will seat 40 people.
After a few successful Thai pop-up dinners at D&T Drive Inn, the guys have decided to commit to what they call "farm-to-table Thai" at this sibling dining area. The entire Foreign Correspondents space will seat "200 in its bar, dining room, and shaded outdoor area." Cusack recently told Eater that Stoops wanted to bring authentic Thai offerings to Houston after having lived and worked in Thailand. And judging from the pop-ups' menu, the food should be exotic, flavorful and in-your-face. The kind of stuff that will weird some people out and excite the rest. If it's anything like the brains Stoops served up at D&T, it will help to uphold the idea that Houston has one of the most diverse culinary scenes in the country. And it'll be pretty tasty, too. Be on the lookout for future Thai pop-up dinners at D&T Drive Inn, since they'll provide a preview of what we'll see at this restaurant.
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