Houston Business Journal : Franklin Barbecue, Uchi chefs bring latest concept to Houston

Loro, from Texan superstar chefs Aaron Franklin and Tyson Cole, is opening an outpost in Houston.

The first location of the Asian-style smokehouse and bar opened in Austin last year. Now, a Dallas location is slated to open in 2020, and the Houston location is expected to arrive at 1001 W. 11th St. in the Heights in winter 2021.

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

Houston-based Re:Vive Development owns the property at 1001 W. 11th St., which originally was a sanctuary built in the 1940s. The developer is working with Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, which recently opened a Houston office, to preserve the original structure. Loro will be 5,500 square feet and will “recall the historic dance halls of the Texas Hill Country,” a press release stated.

Loro’s menu includes smoked meat, such as beef brisket, Malaysian chicken bo ssam, char siew pork belly and oak smoked salmon, alongside sandwiches, rice bowls and appetizers including Japanese-style fried chicken karaage and salads. Its bar menu will include spiked slushies, batch cocktails, beer, wine and sake.

Franklin, of Franklin Barbecue fame, and Cole, of Uchi fame, are both James Beard Award winners in their native Austin. In October, Cole announced that he was bringing Uchiko, the sister restaurant to his popular Uchi, to Houston. That restaurant will also be designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture and will be 6,000 square feet. The project should be completed by the third quarter of 2020.

Originally posted on Houston Business Journal