Post Market hall brings global flavors with 11 new vendors

Post Market, featuring more than 30 different dining, culinary and retail vendors, is under construction at Post Houston. Photo: Kat Ambrose

Eleven new culinary venders have been announced for the Post Market hall within the massive Post Houston, the downtown redevelopment of the former Barbara Jordan Post Office, expected to open this fall.

Lovett Commercial, Post Houston’s developer, trumpeted the international appeal of the new vendors – featuring cuisines from Scandinavia, West Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean – that will bring global flair to the 53,000-square-foot Post Market. Additionally, Austin’s Paul Qui, whose Houston restaurant Aqui closed in December 2018, returns to the local dining scene with two projects in the food hall.

Six vendors had been previously announced for Post Market.

The 11 new vendors announced Wednesday are:

Golfstrommen Seafood Market: The first American concept from Norwegian chef Christopher Haatuft of Bergen’s Lysverket restaurant, celebrated for redefining Nordic cuisine. The market (Golfstrommen is the Norwegian word for the Gulf Stream) will feature Gulf fish and local farmers market produce for purchase to prepare at home as well as a dining menu using sustainably raised and ethically caught seafood.

Saison Cellar: From San Francisco’s Michelin star Saison restaurant where he is partner and wine director, sommelier Mark Bright will open his first Saison Cellar. The wine market will source wines from around the world and will bring in global winemakers for wine tastings and education.

Hawker Street Food Bar: From chef Laila Bazahm comes the first American outpost of her Hawker 45 restaurant in Barcelona. Expect Southeast Asian and Latin American hybrid street cuisine.

East Side King: James Beard Award-winning Qui’s Japanese street food “with a touch of Austin soul” concept makes its anticipated move to Houston. Qui’s Aqui, open for little more than a year on Westheimer, was a source of controversy stemming from the chef’s trial for domestic assault.

Soy Pinoy: Another Qui concept, a Filipino restaurant drawn from the chef’s heritage (he was born in Manila).

ChopnBlok: Houston chef Ope Amosu will debut his first brick-and-mortar restaurant with a West African menu and dishes of the West African diaspora.

Andes Café: Chef David Guerrero reprises his original East End restaurant concept of foods drawn from South American countries. After a six-year run, Guerrero closed his popular restaurant in January 2020.

Thai Kun: Bangkok native Thai Changthong brings his Austin restaurant, named one of Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurants in American for 2014, to Houston with a menu of Thai street food.

Blendin Coffee Club: First opened in Sugar Land in 2017, this roastery from Weihong Zhang will serve 10-different single-origin coffees from around the world, as well as offering educational coffee classes.

Abu Omar Halal: Houston’s first Halal food truck, which has restaurants and food trucks in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana, will open a spot here serving signature sandwiches (gyros, shawarma, and wraps), salad and rice bowls, and falafel.

Sweets with L&L: Twenty different flavors of cotton candy from entrepreneur Tameia Frank Jones.

“In an effort to create a destination that celebrates diversity through food, art and culture, we are committed to opening a property that offers businesses of all sizes opportunities to grow and showcase their product at Post Houston,” said Frank Liu, president of Lovett Commercial. “Our vision from the start has been to create a one-of-a-kind cultural experience for Houstonians and the millions of visitors that come through our incredible city each year.” 

Post Houston is expected to open fall 2021. Additional market hall vendors will be announced before the opening.

Greg Morago writes about food for the Houston Chronicle. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter. Send him news tips at Hear him on our BBQ State of Mind podcast to learn about Houston and Texas barbecue culture.

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    Greg Morago was a features editor and reporter for The Hartford Courant for 25 years before joining the Houston Chronicle as food editor in 2009. He writes about food, restaurants, spirits, travel, fashion and beauty. He is a native Arizonan and member of the Pima tribe of the Gila River Indian Community.