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Chef Ryan LaChaine’s Much-Anticipated Restaurant Riel Debuts Next Week

The wait for French-Canadian & Ukranian-inspired Texas fare is almost over

The prettiest B.L.T. you’ve ever seen
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Back in September, we learned that Houston chef Ryan LaChaine was working on one of the city’s most exciting new restaurant concepts in Riel, a restaurant inspired by his Ukranian roots, French-Canadian upbringing, and Texas cuisine. Now, we’ve got an official date for when you’ll be able to get your hands on LaChaine’s unique cuisine.

A spokesperson for Riel tells Eater that the restaurant will make its Houston debut early next week, and you’re going to want to try it out sooner rather than later. As previously reported, the 65-seat restaurant will open its doors at 1927 Fairview in a newly-renovated space.

As far as the menu is concerned, it hasn’t been finalized just yet, but diners can look forward to a smattering of globally-inspired dishes featuring plenty of Houston’s favorite ingredients, like Gulf flounder karaage, tourtière (a Quebecois meat pie), and a “Texas B.L.T.” topped with blue crab.

Riel will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3. After opening day, the restaurant will be open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday.