Fast-casual eatery Zoa Moroccan Kitchen has delayed the opening of its new Bellaire location.

The restaurant, which was slated for an Aug. 9 opening at 6700 S. Rice Ave., Bellaire, is now slated to open Sept. 1, according to an Aug. 9 news release.

The delay comes as the eatery has experienced delays in the construction process that have put the opening behind schedule.

Once open, the restaurant, owned by Houston restaurateur chef Youssef Nafaa, creator of concepts such as Coco Crepes Waffles & Coffee, Mia Bella Trattoria, Mi Luna and Andalucia, will serve a variety of traditional Moroccan cuisine, including build-your-own bowls and sandwiches, with fatima bread stuffed with lamb, kefta or chicken, to traditional Moroccan crepes and more, according to the news release.

The Bellaire Zoa Moroccan Kitchen, once it debuts, will mark the second concept of its kind opened by Bella Restaurants Group and introduced by Nafaa. The restaurateur’s original Zoa restaurant made its debut in March 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic at 4710 Lillian St. just off Washington Avenue in Rice Military. The new eatery will offer catering, online ordering for pickup and will sell [email protected] easy meal prep combos upon its opening. www.zoamoroccan.com