In June, James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina will open his first restaurant in Texas at Houston’s CityCentre. 

The chef — who owns more than 30 restaurants across the U.S. with San Francisco-based Mina Restaurant Group — has been planning a Texas expansion for a while but had to wait for the right concept, he said. Thanks to a collaboration with celebrity cookbook author Ayesha Curry, Mina thinks International Smoke is the right one.

“I feel very strongly that this concept will…

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James Beard Award-winning chef explains why he’s finally expanding to Houston