After practically two years within the works, it seems that Paul Qui’s return to Houston’s eating scene will occur sooner somewhat than later.
Again in 2019, Eater reported that Qui would open a restaurant at forthcoming food hall Post HTX, which is predicted to open someday this yr inside Downtown’s Barbara Jordan submit workplace constructing. Now, new filings with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Fee point out that Qui’s restaurant on the meals corridor shall be referred to as the Outpost, although no additional particulars on the undertaking have been introduced simply but.
Again in 2020, the operators of Post HTX announced that it would house a number of exciting new eateries, starting from award-winning Austin butchery Salt & Time to a everlasting location of Taco Fuego, identified for its tacky halal quesabirria tacos. GELU Italian Ice, Vietnamese eatery SOUPreme, and Lea Jane’s Sizzling Rooster will even be a part of the Outpost on the meals corridor.
Qui hasn’t operated a Houston restaurant since 2018, when he closed his acclaimed Montrose restaurant Aqui. Qui’s presence within the Houston eating scene has sparked debate prior to now, following his 2015 home violence arrest following an incident through which he admitted to assaulting his girlfriend. These fees had been finally dropped, however Qui remains to be a decidedly controversial determine within the eating scene. Final yr, within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the chef was slammed after preparing “redemption lumpia” during a virtual cooking tutorial.
Additionally final yr, Qui was arrested in Houston on charges of driving while intoxicated in relation to two different car accidents on the same night in 2019. These fees, through which Qui is accused of driving below the affect of Xanax and alcohol, are nonetheless pending.
Submit HTX has not but introduced when it would open in Houston, however the meals corridor is predicted to make its debut earlier than the top of the yr. Keep tuned for extra particulars on its arrival.