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Crawfish & Noodles Is Coming to the Houston Farmers Market Development

The popular Vietnamese-Cajun restaurant will join a Chris Shepherd concept at the Airline Drive site.

By Timothy Malcolm March 11, 2021

The Houston Farmers Market will be opening this year with shops and restaurants starting up over the next several months.

Crawfish & Noodles, one of Houston's most venerable restaurants, is expanding with its second location opening this fall at the new Houston Farmers Market development at 2520 Airline Dr.

MLB Capital Partners, which is developing the Houston Farmers Market, announced Thursday that the restaurant owned by James Beard-award finalist Trong Nguyen will occupy a 3,298-square-foot space at the redeveloped market, which also includes Wild Oats, a restaurant from Chris Shepherd's Underbelly Hospitality, and a butcher shop from R-C Ranch Texas Craft Meats.

"Our goal has always been to create a tenant mix that is a reflection of Houston’s diverse community," said Todd Mason, principal of MLB Capital Partners, in a press release. "Crawfish & Noodles could not be a better representative of what makes our city unique. We are thrilled to have them at the Houston Farmers Market."

Nguyen's restaurant has been a must-visit for Houstonians since its 2008 opening in Asia Town. There, the chef has helped to popularize the Vietnamese style of crawfish boil, called Viet-Cajun. It's also home to specialty dishes like turkey neck in spicy stew, stir-fried baby clams with rice cakes, and a host of fried seafood and chicken wings.

"I have been coming to the Houston Farmers Market ever since I first moved to Houston 30 years ago," said Nguyen, in a press release. "This is still the same market, just modernized. I’m excited to be a part of this project because open market concepts are exactly what Houston is about, community. We have a lot of great things planned and look forward to sharing them with our great city."

The property was purchased by MLB Capital in 2017 from the Farmers' Market Association of Houston Inc. It was the home of Canino's Produce Co. and served Houstonians since 1942. Look for a trickling of openings at the redeveloped 17.67-acre space over the next several months.

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