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Despite Major Uncertainty, Two Much-Anticipated Houston Restaurants Still Plan to Open Soon

The owners of long-awaited Musaafer and Kin Dee Thai are working hard toward a May debut

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Even while facing major uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis, two much-anticipated restaurants are still planning to make their debuts in the coming weeks.

First up is Musaafer, the long-awaited Galleria-area Indian restaurant that’s been in the works for nearly two years. The restaurant’s owners are in the “final stages” of completing construction on its 10,000 square foot space, and training is already underway for employees that have already been hired to work in the kitchen and front-of-house, according to a press release. In addition to those employees, Musaafer is also looking to hire about 40 new employees in the coming weeks.

Also preparing to open soon is Kin Dee, a new Thai eatery that will open at the Market at Houston Heights. The restaurant is currently trying to hire staff, though it has suspended in-person interviews in favor of video chats and phone calls in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Some employees have already been hired to work at Kin Dee, but they won’t be paid until the order closing dining rooms is lifted and training can begin.

Like Musaafer, Kin Dee expects that it will open sometime in May. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.