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A Xinjiang-Style Skewer Restaurant Will Open on Bellaire Boulevard

Get ready for a parade of skewered meats

Fat Ni BBQ brings a taste of Beijing’s street food markets to Houston
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Fat Ni BBQ, a restaurant chain that serves Xinjiang-style skewered meats popular in the street food markets of Beijing, will soon arrive in Houston.

The restaurant just applied for a building permit for a location on Bellaire Boulevard, and a representative for Bellaire Food Street confirms that the restaurant will open at the forthcoming dining development. The first dine-in location of Fat Ni BBQ opened in a Dallas suburb in 2016, where its menu of Beijing-style street food quickly earned rave reviews for its cumin lamb skewers, noodles, and grilled vegetables.

Fat Ni BBQ originated as a group of four food trucks that owner Guiqiao Chen opened in the Flushing area of Queens, New York City. The Texas restaurants are the first to offer sit-down service, and offer a lengthy menu of meats ranging from lamb tendon to pork belly and squid, all grilled and served on sticks. Plenty of vegetable skewer options are on the menu, along with freshly-made cumin lamb or spicy chicken noodles, plus a bounty of beverage options.

Eater has reached out to Fat Ni BBQ for more details on when it will open in Houston. Stay tuned for an update.

Update: 12:02 p.m.: This post has been updated to reflect a statement from a representative for Bellaire Food Street.