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The Much-Anticipated New Restaurant From the Minds Behind Nancy’s Hustle Is Staffing Up

Tiny Champions is almost ready to make its EaDo debut

a plate of naan and lamb tartare
Lamb tartare at Nancy’s Hustle
Photo: Mai Pham

Tiny Champions, the second restaurant from the team behind Nancy’s Hustle, is coming soon to East Downtown.

The restaurant is officially staffing up for its debut, according to a post to its Instagram account announcing that the group was hiring for all front and back of the house management positions at the upcoming 90-seat restaurant, set to soon make its debut at 2716 McKinney Street.

As Eater previously reported, Tiny Champions will serve up pizza and pasta with a focus on natural fermentation, including naturally leavened pizza dough and a variety of pickled and preserved vegetables. The bar program, according to Instagram, will also focus on natural wine and simple cocktails. Owners Sean Jensen, Jason Vaughan, and Julia Doran said the restaurant’s name was meant to reflect that naturally fermented foods are the “tiny champions of flavor.”

The restaurant will be a place “by Tiny Champions, of Tiny Champions and for Tiny Champions,” its owners told Eater in March.

Yesterday’s Instagram post laid out a few more expectations of what Tiny Champions might offer to both diners and employees.

“It will be a fun place to work on and learn about fermentation, if you’re into that kind of thing,” the post reads. “We’re looking to promote a creative environment looking for driven individuals. We treat people well. TC will be an anti-racist, pro-LGBTQ workplace, all Tiny Champions are encouraged to apply.”

Since its quiet debut in late 2017, Nancy’s Hustle has quickly become one of Houston most popular restaurants, thanks to its menu of innovative, ingredient-focused dishes served in an unfussy environment. After the restaurant was named Eater Houston’s 2018 Restaurant of the Year, co-owner Sean Jensen talked about how important it was for the eatery to be a good steward to the community, including by providing full benefits to the staff.

Tiny Champions should open sometime later this year.

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