Downtown’s 2020 Conservatory was the city’s O.G. food hall. Occupying its underground spot off Main St. since 2016, it was a hit with Houstonians from the beginning, and a hub for up-and-coming local chefs. So we were as surprised as anyone in December when Company of Nomads—the team behind Conservatory, Bravery Chef Hall, and the Railway Heights project—announced its closure. The good news? It won’t be gone for long. Instead, Houston will be getting two new locations.
One new Conservatory will open in the spring, at 2118 E. Lamar St. in EaDo. Many of the beloved vendors from the original hall will be relocating here, including Bird Haus, La Tequiza, Pho Spot, and Treacherous Leches. Plans also include an outpost of healthy prepared-foods concept Watever Fresh, as well as an oyster bar, beer garden, and wine bar.
The other hall, to be called Conservatory 2, is expected to open around September at 5351 W. Alabama St. in the Galleria area. It will be home to 11 vendors and three drinkeries, including a beer garden, a wine bar, and a reprise of Secret Garden, the pretty outdoor bar at Bravery Chef Hall.
Seven more food halls on the way:
To be located near White Oak Music Hall, this hall from the Oui Banh Mi team (expect a Vietnamese stall) also will feature outposts of Good Dog and Double Trouble, among others.
This complex—brought to Midtown by a team of Miami food hall operators—will offer all things Asian, including karaoke, and open in early 2020.
The redevelopment of the massive Barbara Jordan Post Office will include a 45,000-square-foot food hall, with a rooftop farm, Tokyo night-market vibes, and skyline views for days. A late-2020 opening is expected.
More market than food hall, the former Canino’s on Airline—redeveloped by MLB Capital Partners and opening in 2020—will also be home to food and drink vendors curated by celeb-chef Chris Shepherd.
Another Company of Nomads project, this 12,000-square-foot spot at 2601 Main St. in Midtown combines all-Asian food stalls with multiple bars. We’ll be first in line for dim sum and cocktails on the roof when it opens, hopefully in October.
The former Conservatory space will be filled by this hall from Daut Elshani, formerly of Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and Salt 'N Pepper Group. Read more about it here, as this story was printed before the news of Underground Hall was revealed.