Houston’s Premier Food Hall Welcomes Three New Concepts

Exciting new eateries offer fresh takes on noodles, barbecue, Southern/Caribbean fusion, and much more.

TM Studio

April 2023

Finn Hall, Houston’s premier food hall, is comprised of eight independently operated eating establishments and a full elevated bar in the center of the hall. With a nod to European food halls where quality, experience, and atmosphere reign above all else, the beloved hall continues to attract the next generation of diverse, and high-profile restaurants.

“As the ultimate Downtown destination for food lovers, we are excited to welcome new and delicious flavors to Finn Hall,” said Miranda Cartwright, General Manager of Property Operations at Midway. “We are thrilled to enter the new year with the addition of unique selections of diverse cuisines and continue enhancing Finn Hall’s dining experience.”

Fire Noodz, a spicy noodle shop, is making its debut at Finn Hall. Created by Chris Nguyen, Sonny Nguyen and Mark Tiu, Fire Noodz is the first venture since the owners left Oh My Gogi. At Fire Noodz, guests will experience spices and flavors and enjoy fiery signature menu items including Thai curry ramen and fried cheesy fire balls. Fire Noodz officially opened in February 2023, and will be open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Chef Reginald Scott is bringing the flavor to Finn Hall with the addition of The Smoke, a fast-casual BBQ restaurant specializing in smoked meats, vegetables, and delectable sides. Some signature menu items at The Smoke are 48-hour brined smoked chicken wings, a jumbo turkey leg, Peyton’s pickles, and the Smokey Bowl as a vegan option. The Smoke had its grand opening on February 5, 2023 and its operating hours are Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The owners of Craft Burger, a fan favorite specializing in gourmet all-natural burgers at Finn Hall, are bringing Carol Kay’s, a first-to-market concept to Downtown’s premier food hall. Shannen and Stacey Tune’s new concept incorporates southern and Caribbean cuisine. Carol Kay’s offers smothered biscuits and gravy, cornbread beef hash and eggs, jerk chicken, curried chicken rice bowls, quinoa salmon bowls, and more. Carol Kay’s opened in February 2023 and operates Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fire Noodz, The Smoke, and Carol Kay’s will neighbor other independently operated dining establishments at Finn Hall, including Craft Burger, Papalo Mercado, Pizza Zquare, Maui Bento, Greenway Coffee, Swallow’s Nest and Cranky Carrot Juice Co. Finn Hall also offers a variety of seating and server options including the bar, semi-private booths, a full-service communal seating area, and outdoor patio, allowing visitors to grab a coffee, cocktail, or food and enjoy in a vibrant environment.