A rendering of Understory, which includes a culinary market with a full-service restaurant, planned for Capitol Tower when it opens in 2019.

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A full-scale restaurant and a culinary market that includes seven concepts will greet visitors at Capitol Tower when it's completed in 2019.

Skanska USA Commercial Development announced Monday that it's partnering with architect Michael Hsu (Local Foods, Uchi) on Understory, a 35,000-square-foot food hall that is set to anchor the two-story atrium of the 35-story office development in the Central Business District. Understory, which we wrote about in a roundup of planned food halls, will also have five points of downtown tunnel access, and will be the first space in the tunnel network to operate seven days a week, according to a representative.

“We are excited to partner with Michael Hsu to create a fresh, compelling destination that represents Downtown Houston’s shift to a more vibrant 24/7 community,” said Matt Damborsky, executive vice president for Skanska in Houston, in a release. “Understory’s mix of culinary options, destination retail and community connection will create a dynamic hub where Houstonians can explore diverse flavors and gather with colleagues and friends in a setting that merges the street and tunnel levels in a truly distinctive way.”

Skanska promises in Understory's culinary market (9,000 square feet, seven concepts) open kitchens that include "artist murals, copper clad kitchen hoods, wood butcher block counter tops, and white marble," according to the release. There will also be public Wi-Fi access, charging stations, and games. 

No word yet on tenants for Understory, including the anchoring full-service restaurant.

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