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  1. The restaurant going into Polk Street Market at 2704 Polk is Nancy's Hustle. From Houston Business Journal: A lease has recently been signed for a new neighborhood restaurant concept coming to East Downtown. Chef Jason Vaughan and Sean Jensen expect to open an eatery tentatively named Nancy's Hustle this fall at 2704 Polk. The space is about 2,600 square feet. ...The restaurant will have a wine bar and neighborhood feel to it, Jensen said. The Nancy's portion of the name comes from Fat Nancy's diner in the movie "Mad Max," and hustle is a reference to Houston's "Hustle Town" nickname, he said. Danu Properties LLC, which renovated the building, is led by Greg Lewis of Lewis Property Co. and Kevin Hanratty. More here.
  2. More from Houston Business Journal about Baker Katz and Braun Enterprises' redevelopment of 1919 Washington Avenue: A joint venture between two Houston-based retail developers – Braun Enterprises and Baker Katz LLC – recently scooped up a two-story building located at 1919 Washington Ave. The companies opted to partner together on the acquisition rather than compete for it. "We found out we were pursuing the same asset," Jason Baker with Baker Katz told the Houston Business Journal. Baker and Dan Braun, president of Braun Enterprises, have been close friends for the past 15 or 20 years, they said, and this is the first property they've purchased together. The building, which is 17,000 square feet, contains 12,905 square feet of available space. One of the building's two tenants is Julep, a popular cocktail bar. Before any leasing begins, though, the building's interiors will be renovated. Baker envisions a restaurant on the ground floor of the building, and a high-end non-traditional retail user on the second floor, such as a salon. The space could also be used for a boutique firm or architect's office, he said. "Frankly, with the building being the age that it is, it needs a lot of TLC, particularly on the second floor," Baker said. "We love the idea of adaptive reuse and preservation. There are places around the country where these buildings are really sought after, and Houston, unfortunately, has a reputation for tearing down and rebuilding a new product." For Braun Enterprises, this further solidifies its commitment to the Washing Avenue and Heights areas. The developer has acquired roughly 20 properties in the area, Braun said, including a 1.2-acre tract of land at 2401 N. Shepherd Dr. just last week. "This is our fourth project on Washington Avenue, and for us, it’s more about the belief in East Washington and its proximity to downtown, the Heights and Montrose," Braun said. "There's a kind of uniqueness and coolness – this 'cool factor' – of being in that east Washington corridor. I just love the feel of that area."
  3. Last year, Houston Business Journal had an article about renovations coming to 1919 Washington Avenue. The renovation is a joint venture between Baker Katz and Braun Enterprises. Do anyone know more about this? From HBJ: The developer (Braun Enterprises) also closed on a historic building at 1919 Washington Ave. in a joint venture with Houston's Baker Katz earlier this week, too. The owners will renovate the building, which is home to Julep, a popular cocktail bar and Gulf Coast seafood eatery, before any additional tenants move in. The property contains 17,000 square feet of commercial space, of which 12,905 square feet is available.
  4. More on 2401 N Shepherd from Houston Business Journal: Braun Enterprises, an inner-Loop developer best known for its retail projects, is planning an ambitious two-story ground-up retail development at Shepherd Drive and West 24th Street in the Heights. The Houston-based company will build a 24,000-square-foot retail development at 2401 N. Shepherd. Zach Wolf with Braun Enterprises is handling the developer's leasing in-house. He's talking with "national players" for the development, per a Braun spokesperson. Renderings show space allocated for tenants such as a ramen restaurant, a high-end fitness studio, a nail salon, a pizzeria, a Mexican restaurant and more. Second-story parking will be included in the project, the spokesperson said. It'll offer around 150 spots. Braun will demolish Miller's Auto Body Repair Experts and other commercial structures that currently operate at the site. Demolition should start in late 2018, and the retail project is poised to deliver in early 2019. Houston-based Tipps Architecture Inc. is the architect on the project.
  5. I saw it here or online. I'll search.
  6. Dallas chef and Top Chef contender John Tesar is giving Houston another go. Eater Houston is reporting that Tesar is opening his steakhouse restaurant Knife in the former Doubletree Hotel. The hotel will be renamed Hotel Allen, Allen Houston Hotel, Allen Center Hotel, or The Allen. Here's the report from Eater Houston: Despite the 250 mile distance between Dallas and Houston, it’s likely that most Houstonians have at least heard of Chef John Tesar. Arguably the most noteworthy chef working in Space City’s neighbor to the north, the Top Chef alumni will soon bring his unique brand of steakhouse to Houston. In an interview with Eater Dallas, Tesar revealed that he is currently working with Hilton Worldwide to bring his “modern steakhouse” concept Knife to an as-yet-unnamed Houston hotel. It’s part of a major national expansion for the restaurant, joining outposts planned for DFW and San Francisco. According to Tesar, the Houston outpost of Knife will open in the DoubleTree hotel at 400 Dallas Street (ironic), which the chef says is currently being renovated and rebranded as a Curio By Hilton property. No concrete timeline for the restaurant just yet, but it will come after the second location of Knife opens in a Dallas suburb later this year. Known for its dry-aging program (including foie gras and ribeye aged for 365 days) and a selection of steaks not traditionally seen on steakhouse menus, Knife is all about the meat. In a 2014 review of the restaurant, Eater critic Bill Addison raved about Tesar’s treatment of fine steaks procured from Texas farms and the chef’s burger prowess. Tesar, who was recently eliminated from Top Chef: Charleston, told Eater that his brand of steakhouse uniquely lends itself to expansion. “The thing about Knife is it’s product and technique driven, not genius driven,” he said. “Which is why we can expand to areas outside the city.” Eater has reached out to Tesar for more exact details on when the Houston location of Knife will open its doors. Stay tuned, and prepare for lots and lots of steak.
  7. Updated renderings and site plan from NewQuest of 5307 N Main St, what's being called Five Points Center at Studewood: Here's a Google Map screenshot of the area:
  8. The 1500 block of N Shepherd is being converted into a new development. The map for Bungalows on 22nd St shows the entire 1500 block of North Shepherd as development called Market at Houston Heights. The properties are between W 16th St and W 15th St, across the street from Wooster's Annex and Heights Bier Garten. The site plan depicts three restaurants and a retail space.
  9. Here are two more retailers opening at Heights Mercantile: - Chubbies: Chubbies has leased 1,397 square feet at Heights Mercantile at Yale and 7th. Mark Raines and Matt Parsons of JLL represented the tenant. Brittney Freed with Shop Cos. represented the landlord, Radom Capital. (from Houston Chronicle) - Bonobos: According to the flyer for Bungalows on 22nd, Bonobos is opening at Heights Mercantile. The flyers seems to confirm Define and Local Foods are opening there too.
  10. Captial Retail is marketing a retail development at 715 W 22nd Street and North Shepherd called Bungalows on 22 St. It's across from the H-E-B Heights grocery store. Leasing fliers layout a siteplan with two repurposed bungalows totaling 4,000 SF (each are 2,000 SF). The spaces are expected to open in Fall 2017. Here's more from Loopnet: Specialty office/retail space planned for this boutique development. The freestanding buildings are within walking distance to new restaurants and high end residential areas. HEB has committed to building a brand new 88,000 SF store one block away from this site. Property has easy access to both Durham and Shepherd and possesses 20 surface parking spaces dedicated to the two tenants. Here is the rendering, aerial maps and site plan from the leasing brochure (archived link):
  11. Amen @Avossos.
  12. Maybe one of the concepts from Agricole Hospitality will be a pizzeria at East Village. I found this which leads me to think it's plausible: Agricole East End Pizzeria, LLC
  13. Inside Chapman & Kirby at East Village: Facebook
  14. Something is going to replace Social Junkie bar and the building next door. Braun Enterprises acquired the warehouse next to Social Junkie at 1005 Sawyer on the corner of Center St. There's a filing for 1005 Sawyer LLC too. Any ideas what's being planned here?
  15. A picture inside Aqui at 520 Westheimer from A Parallel Architecture's Instagram: