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Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole Are Bringing Asian Smokehouse Loro to Houston

The famous Austin restaurant is coming to the Heights next winter.

By Timothy Malcolm December 5, 2019

Chef Tyson Cole is bringing Loro to Houston.

Loro, the Asian smokehouse and bar from Aaron Franklin (Franklin BBQ) and Tyson Cole (Uchi), will open a Houston location at 1001 W. 11th St. in the Heights in winter 2021. 

Loro is part of Hai Hospitality, which operates Uchi, Uchiko, and Uchiba, among others. Uchi is already here, obviously, and it wasn't long ago that Hai announced that Uchiko was also set to open in Houston. Now, Loro—which started in 2018 in Austin, where its distinct blend of Southeast Asian cuisine and Texas BBQ has been plenty popular—is being added to Hai's Houston portfolio.

“Since opening Uchi here in 2012, we have loved being a part of this Houston community,” Cole said. “We are incredibly excited to bring Loro to the Heights! It’s a fantastic neighborhood with so much history."

Added Franklin: "I'm super excited about Loro in Houston! More time with some of the best people in one of the best food cities in the country??? ... YES PLEASE!!!"

So there you go. The space was formerly the West Eleventh Church of God and is marked by a prominent gable. Hai, with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture on the case, will look to turn the building into something that resembles the historic dance halls of Texas Hill Country. There will be a patio, naturally. RE:VIVE Development owns the property.

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