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HOUSTON, TEXAS – January 13, 2015 – Hungry's, the cozy, family-owned and operated neighborhood restaurant known for diverse, globally-inspired and affordably-priced, healthy comfort food, will commemorate its 40th year in Houston during 2015. In conjunction with the anniversary, expansion plans for the Rice Village location are well underway. The more accommodating space will house a larger restaurant and its kitchen operations downstairs, with the new Upstairs Bar & Lounge on the second floor.
Originally situated in an old bungalow on lower Westheimer in the Montrose area, Hungry’s International Sandwich Shop opened its doors in 1975. Following his brother’s suggestion, founder Fred Sharifi opened the restaurant to serve tasty, hearty food from all corners of the world. Boasting over 20 different types of freshly prepared sandwiches, Hungry’s offered Houstonians a global variety of lunch-time fare that was healthy, affordable and fast.
The city’s appetite was underestimated. Within a decade, by the mid-1980s, Houston was in a full oil-boom--and so was Hungry’s. At that time, the only options for delivery were pizza, and for a lucky few, Chinese food. Hungry’s acted as a home-away-from-home, offering home-cooked meals to be enjoyed both in its restaurants and at home. Without knowing it, Hungry’s pioneered the local take-out and delivery market in a city comprised of working moms and dads and hungry kids, and known for urban sprawl.
“From the beginning, we simply wanted to provide our customers with fresh, affordable food that tasted great, like the food we had at home and shared with others in our home,” says founder and co-owner Fred Sharifi. “We ultimately settled into locations in Memorial and Rice Village, and have consistently served affordable, eclectic fare to over three generations of neighbors, friends and visitors. As a result of our expansion plans, we’ll be able to preserve our comfortable and welcoming environment in a more accommodating space and offer even better service to our customers.”
The menu’s diverse array of international cuisines is part of Hungry’s DNA much like that of Houston and the country at large. Hard-working immigrants, Fred and his nephews and partners Ashkan, Arash and Alex Nowamooz came to the U.S. for opportunities in education and brought with them their taste for Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fares. Upon settling in Houston, they discovered the mouthwatering Southwestern cuisine of their new home and created crossovers between their culinary traditions and geographic context.
Fred’s nephew Ashkan Nowamooz joined the business in 1985 and today manages the Memorial location. His wife Sue, a graduate of the Culinary Institute LeNôtre, directs menu development. Another nephew, Ashkan’s brother Arash Nowamooz, joined the Hungry’s team in 1999, managing the Rice location. A third nephew, Ashkan and Arash’s younger brother, Alex Nowamooz, recently joined the business and helps manage operations at Rice with Arash. Very visible and hands-on in daily operations, the co-owners frequently know and interact with customers, often even serving their food.
Today, Hungry’s continues to be led by the Sharifi/Nowamooz family and offers a diverse array of menu options including seasonal lunch and dinner specials, a relevant selection of wines, a robust brunch menu and uniquely-blended cocktails, all made fresh-to-order. Hungry’s makes all menu items available for seated dining, and take-out or home/office delivery via phone or online ordering.
Expanding their hospitality from the dining room to more casual, social settings adjacent to both Hungry’s locations, Next Door Bar & Lounge in Memorial and Upstairs Bar & Lounge (coming to Rice Village in mid-2015) are warm, sophisticated neighborhood bars and lounges that are sought-after oases for customers and new friends living and working nearby. Here, relaxed sports den meets intimate cocktail lounge for a place to watch the game, enjoy great food, and comfortably unwind in an interesting, inviting mix of flair and fun. Both Next Door Bar & Lounge and Upstairs Bar & Lounge are available for small and large private events.
In addition to a physical expansion in its anniversary year of 2015, Hungry’s will unveil a refreshed branding image and will launch a more robust website featuring enhanced online ordering for catering, delivery and take-out, as well as a mobile ordering app.
Family-owned and operated since 1975, Hungry’s is a family-friendly, neighborhood restaurant with locations in the Memorial and Rice Village areas. Hungry’s offers diverse, globally-inspired and affordably-priced comfort food prepared with sauces and dressings made from scratch, fresh herbs (often grown onsite), hand-selected produce, farm-fresh meats and dairy, and fresh seafood. Serving as a home-away-from-home, Hungry’s is open seven days a week and makes all menu items available for seated dining, and take-out or home/office delivery via phone or online ordering. Hungry’s also brings market-fresh flavor to large and small events through social and corporate catering, with a variety of rentals and service options available. Adjacent to both Hungry’s locations, Next Door Bar & Lounge and Upstairs Bar & Lounge (coming in mid-2015) are warm, sophisticated neighborhood bars and lounges where relaxed sports den meets intimate cocktail lounge for a place to watch the game, enjoy great food, and comfortably unwind in an interesting, inviting mix of flair and fun.
For more information: www.HungrysCafe.com