Houston definitely has plenty of destinations for hot pot, but Hai Di Lao sounds like an experience: the Chinese chain with more than 600 locations worldwide doesn’t just dish up customized soup, it hires manicurists, massage therapists, and noodle twirlers. No wonder Los Angeles Times food critic Jonathan Gold called it “the Ferrari of Chinese hot pot restaurants.”
Eater learned in 2018 that a Houston location of Hai Di Lao is in the works for the Katy Grand development, and now NewQuest Properties just announced more information about the Katy hot pot outpost (which will be the sixth Hai Di Lao location in the U.S.).
Expect to find it in a 6,295 sf of restaurant space in Katy Grand, located at the intersection of Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway/TX 99. It will be close to the anticipated outpost of Hong Kong dim sum chain Tim Ho Wan.
Hai Di Lao’s Katy Grand restaurant tentatively is slated to open in early 2021, and it will anchor a 16,900-sf building that’s currently under construction during Katy Grand’s phase II.
“Hai Di Lao and the soon-to-open Michelin-rated Tim Ho Wan will solidify Katy Grand’s reputation as a foodie destination in Houston and statewide,” Heather Nguyen, development partner of Houston-based NewQuest Properties, said in a press release. “We are strongly committed to attracting the ‘best of the best’ global cuisines for Katy Grand.”
Heather Nguyen and Rebecca Le of NewQuest Properties represented the landlord in the transaction, and Pierre Yu, an independent Houston broker, represented the tenant.