Dué Cucina, a casual gourmet Italian restaurant chain based in Seattle, is set to begin national expansion in the Texas market thanks to a new partnership agreement with Mac Haik Restaurant Group, a Houston-based restaurant investment company.

“This partnership with MHRG is a significant milestone that signals the start of Dué Cucina’s expansion into new markets across the country,” says Davide Macchi, CEO, and co-founder of Dué Cucina.

Dué Cucina currently has three open Seattle locations, and a fourth is scheduled to open in Redmond, Wash., in 2024. With Mac Haik Restaurant Group’s funding, the chain will open three locations in Texas within the next two years. Dué Cucina and MHRG will also form a joint venture to launch 10 additional units in the state by 2031. Specific locations for the new units have not yet been selected.