Asian smokehouse and bar Loro slated to open Feb. 23 in the Heights

The new eatery will offer a variety of menu options for guests. (Courtesy Loro)
The new eatery will offer a variety of menu options for guests. (Courtesy Loro)

The new eatery will offer a variety of menu options for guests. (Courtesy Loro)

Hai Hospitality is opening the first Houston location of the Asian smokehouse and bar Loro on Feb. 23 in the Heights at 1001 W 11th St., Houston.

The menu will feature a variety of meat, sandwich and rice bowl dishes that blend southeast Asian cuisine with traditional Texas barbecue.

The restaurant will also offer batch cocktails; boozy slushees; wine and sake on tap; a selection of bottle and draft beer; and desserts. A menu exclusively available during happy hour will be offered on Mondays through Fridays from 2-6 p.m.

According to a Feb. 7 press release, Loro is replacing the former 11th Street Church of God. The eatery preserves and highlights the original structure while offering indoor and outdoor seating for guests.

"We cannot wait to get the doors open on this new Loro location in the Heights,” founder Tyson Cole said in a statement. “We were able to repurpose this incredible church structure with a truly welcoming community feel, and now we are ready to start slicing some brisket and serving slushees.”



To kick off the opening, Loro is hosting an Instagram giveaway for those who want the chance to learn how to cook a brisket from Chef de Cuisine Marcos Leal. The winner will be announced on Feb. 17 and will also be given the opportunity to invite friends to try the brisket on-site with a $200 gift card.

By Sofia Gonzalez
Sofia joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2022 after graduating with a degree in Journalism from the University of Houston in December 2021. Sofia covers a variety of stories in her market, with a main focus on Houston City Council. Prior to CI, Sofia interned for Houston Public Media and Houstonia Magazine, and spent time writing for UH's student media.