October 1, 2022

Downtown Houston Food Hall is revitalized with new and old restaurants

Finn Halllocated in the history Jones on Main building at 712 Main in downtown Houston, is expanding its food and beverage options. A popular chef and his wife not only return with their original concept, but also bring a new one. In addition, two new businesses also offer their food and drink. These join the existing Finn Hall businesses Greenway Cafe (the second location of the popular local coffee roaster), Papalo Taqueriacasual korean restaurant yong, Pizza Zquare and cocktail bar Swallow’s Nest.

Chief Shannen and Stacey Tune bring Craft Burger back to Finn Hall after an absence of about two years. Originally founded as a food truck, Craft Burger was one of the first food stalls when the Finn Hall has opened in December 2018. Additionally, the Tunes are launching Pecking Order, a chicken restaurant. To complete the new entries are Maui Bento Box of Henry Hamor and Sanae Belallamand Cranky Carrot Juice Co. by Francesca Costa and Fredy Escobar.

Shannen's Song
Executive chef and owner Shannen Tune of Craft Burger, which has a location inside Finn Hall in downtown Houston. Photo by Ellie Goodridge.

As was the case with many downtown businesses, when the pandemic hit and office workers began working from home, it impacted Craft Burger in Finn Hall. The Tunes opened it like a brick and mortar restaurant to Katy in December 2020 – and Shannen’s reputation as a Food Network‘s “Chopped” champ certainly helped get it off to a good start.

“The downtown business was in steady decline and we thought it best to go to the suburbs,” Shannen said. “We live near Katy’s location and thought the community would support – and they did.” With many workers back in the downtown offices, Craft Burger will now hopefully have a steady stream of customers. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

The Tunes’ second Finn Hall food stand, the aptly named Pecking Order, will offer plates of fried, grilled and roasted chicken, sandwiches and salads. Examples of extensive chicken offerings include buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, Nashville Hot Chicken and Jamaican Grilled Jerk Chicken. Pecking Order is open Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Loco Moco in Maui Bento Box
Loco Moco at Maui Bento Box at Finn Hall. Photo by Julie Soefer.

As its name suggests, the new Maui Bento Box concept creates bentos (Japanese lunch boxes), but with a twist. These include a mix of Hawaiian dishes rather than strictly Japanese dishes. (Granted, Hawaii’s food culture is strongly influenced by Japan.) Some of the bentos include one with ahi grows, Maui pickled vegetables and white jasmine rice, and others anchored by loco moco (ground beef patty topped with a fried egg and gravy), rice, macaroni salad and sautéed vegetables. Maui Bento Box is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Cranky Carrot Juice Co., which started in a commercial kitchen space, has yet to open in Finn Hall, but it will in September and offers more than meets the name. There is an assortment of cold pressed fruit and vegetable juices, strokes, smoothies, nut milks and cold infused lattes. For something a little more solid, Cranky Carrot also serves topped toast and balls.

“Finn Hall is the ultimate foodie destination offering a unique selection of diverse cuisines including Mexican, Korean and Italian,” said Miranda Cartwright, managing director of real estate operations at real estate investment and development company Midway. “We are thrilled to welcome these unique culinary concepts that will enhance the flavors of Finn Hall’s dining experience.”

Although individual restaurants may have different hours (as noted above) from September, Finn Hall’s general hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7:30am-9pm and Saturday 8am-9pm. or to a newly built outdoor patio. More information is available on the site.