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Finn Hall Gets a New Taqueria From Alums of Underbelly and Xochi

The downtown food hall installed a new culinary director

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Downtown food Finn Hall is unveiling new eats, a new culinary director, and a new mission. Houston-based Lionstone Investments and Midway Companies announced plans today for the “re-envisioning” of the 20,000-square-foot food hall in a press release, bringing in Greenway Coffee Company owner David Buehrer to serve as Finn Hall’s culinary director. The news was previously reported by CultureMap. Buehrer replaces previous operator Oz Rey.

The newbies at the food hall include critically-acclaimed fried chicken via Lit Chicken, a new venture from beloved fried chicken destination Kitchen 713, chefs Ross Coleman and James Haywood. That outpost is open for business, with crispy chicken sandwiches, sides like loaded jollof rice and chicken combos, and chicken and dumplings on the menu.

That’s not the only new vendor with a storied pedigree: this week will see the opening of Papalo Taqueria, run by Stephanie Velazquez and Nicolas Vera, who have Underbelly Hospitality and Xochi on their resumes.

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Next month, Finn Hall will see the arrival of a spin-off of Asiatown’s Pho Binh by Night. Kevin Pham and Di Nguyen will debut Pho Binh during the first week of April.

Finn Hall original food vendors Amaya Coffee, Craft Burger, Dish Society, Low Tide, Oddball Eats, Pizza Zquare, and Yong will continue on in the food hall.