LEGACY RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR “MAMA NINFA’S TACOS Y TORTAS”.
COMING TO HOUSTON IN 2019

 

FIRST LOCATION TO OPEN IN 2019 AT CAPITOL TOWER DOWNTOWN;
MULTIPLE LOCATIONS PLANNED FOR NEXT 12-24 MONTHS

HOUSTON (August 21, 2018) — Legacy Restaurants, operator of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation and Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, announces the launch of its newest concept: Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas. The first location will open in 2019 at Skanska’s Capitol Tower (800 Capitol St.) inside Understory, a 35,000-square-foot community hub and culinary market at the base of the building. Legacy Restaurants recently signed a lease agreement for the 622-square foot tunnel-level downtown space and plans to open 3-4 additional Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas restaurants in Houston within the next 12-24 months.

“It’s exciting and gratifying to bring this new concept to the Houston dining scene – and we’re very pleased to launch Mama Ninfa’s in such an excellent location, which combines steady foot traffic in the tunnels with unique street-level exposure,” said Legacy Restaurants CEO Jonathan Horowitz. “With the history surrounding The Original Ninfa’s brand and the public’s appreciation for the tradition and quality associated with The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, we think Mama Ninfa’s Tacos y Tortas will find an enthusiastic audience in Houston and in the surrounding areas.”

Future Mama Ninfa’s locations will be fast-casual restaurants (counter-service), with a prototype design of approximately 2,000 – 2,500 square feet and seating for 80 – 100 people. Austin-based architect Michael Hsu is creating the interior design for the concept; the décor will be modern but comfortable, with a bit of Ninfa’s history mixed in with a more urban, industrial design.  

The menu at Mama Ninfa’s will consist primarily of Mexican street-style tacos and tortas (Mexican sandwiches), along with more traditional Tex-Mex dishes. In keeping with the spirit of The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, diners will be able to enjoy Mama Ninfa’s famous tacos al carbon, red and green salsas, chile con queso and signature handmade tortillas. Alex Padilla, Executive Chef at The Original Ninfa’s, will create the menu for the new concept and will adapt some of the recipes from the original restaurant to be served in the new restaurants. 

Future Mama Ninfa’s locations also will include a full bar, so expect to see traditional “Ninfaritas” and cold beers paired with the delicious food, particularly during late-night hours. The concept will serve four dayparts: breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night, with hours varying depending on location. The design for both Understory and for future locations will include a convenient area for take-out or third-party delivery services and future locations will feature patio seating whenever available.


With a planned opening in early 2019, Understory at Capitol Tower will include a culinary market with seven chef-driven concepts – including Mama Ninfa’s — and a cocktail bar. A central feature of Understory is the open-air blending of the street and tunnel levels, facilitated by the “Great Steps,” a 30-foot-wide monumental staircase and gathering place that will create the first true street-level gateway to the tunnel network.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mama Ninfa’s to Understory, Capitol Tower’s expansive community hub in Downtown Houston,” said Matt Damborsky, executive vice president for Skanska USA Commercial Development in Houston. “For decades, The Original Ninfa’s has been a staple of Houston’s eclectic food community and we are excited to give downtown a taste of that tradition by bringing this new Mama Ninfa’s concept to Understory. We look forward to sharing this and other high quality culinary concepts with the community when Understory opens in 2019.”

ABOUT LEGACY RESTAURANTS

Legacy Restaurants was founded by Niel Morgan in 2005. The company owns and operates two of Houston’s most iconic restaurant brands: The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation, open since 1973, and Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys, which opened in 1962. For more information, visit http://legacyrestaurants.com/. 

ABOUT CAPITOL TOWER

Located at 800 Capitol St. in Downtown Houston’s Central Business District, Capitol Tower is slated to open in 2019. It will be the most sustainable office tower in Houston, using 25 percent less energy than typical baseline facilities. Pre-certified under LEED v4 Platinum, one of only four core-and-shell projects nationwide, the 780,000-square-foot sustainable office development, including 26,000 square feet of retail, will feature a number of green amenities, including the SkyPark, the first and largest green roof in Downtown Houston to be open to all building tenants. 

For further information, please contact:
Nick Scurfield • The Scurfield Group • 
213.453.4600 • nick@scurfieldgroup.com