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  1. Fourth Ward? The 4th used to span the west half of what we now call Downtown and Midtown (Main was the boundary), and all of what we now call Montrose. But I think that part of the city that's south of Buffalo Bayou, outside the Pierce elevated, too far north to really be called midtown, and too far east to really be called Montrose, can accurately be called the Fourth Ward. Just like the Sixth Ward covered all the way out to Camp Logan and Cottage Grove, we now generally understand the OSW to mean that area along Washington between the bayou and the rail line, from downtown to, say, Studemont.
  2. Didn't get close enough to GRB to say, but Bayou and Bottle (in the Four Seasons) was doing very brisk business (at $8 for draft beer and $16 for cocktails). Reservations at Brasserie du Parc could be had pretty easily. It was almost-but-not-completely full on Saturday night, but since it's around the back of OPP, and you couldn't get there without going past security, I don't think they got many walk-ins. Restaurants and bars along Main St were doing good business in the early evening, and probably picked up as the night wore on. We snagged the last two seats at Tongue-Cut Sparrow around 5:30, and they had a wait list from then on (which is not bad for a bar with no signage that had been open less than a week).
  3. Construction underway.
  4. Yeah, that's the same sign. The old sign said "Fried Chicken" on the lower left, and "Chirps" (and some other text) on the upper right.
  5. I'd read that, but I'd guess that Canard was probably at least breaking even on its own, considering it only really occupied ~1500-1800 s.f. of the space. Add in another $8-10k per month in lease cost for the FC part of the space, plus the fact that the parent company has zero cash reserves, and there's no way Canard could stay open. That said, given how co-mingled the two spaces and operations were (they shared the same walk-in and prep area as well as bathrooms), it's not clear how well the parent company knew the true profitability of each concept. Additionally, it seemed like a lot of the customers in Canard were either coming from or heading to FC (or maybe a lot of the customers in FC were either coming from or heading to Canard). Ultimately I think a concept like Canard could be successful on its own, but we may never get a chance to find out.
  6. Not surprising. If they could carry the lease for the whole space, Canard would (probably) still be open pending a new concept for the FC side of the space.
  7. Yes, opening that many concepts in a year is a strain on resources, especially since, given how long it takes to get a restaurant permitted, there is a lot of cash drain before you see your first dollar in revenue. But putting your nanny and a bunch of family members on corp payroll, especially when the company is almost certainly cash flow negative, is super shady. Sounds like they had a lot of OPM (other people's money), but not quite enough. Based on their typical reservation availability, Bernadine's is almost certainly making money, and Hunky Dory is probably at least breaking even. Canard seemed to be doing pretty brisk business on the times I had been there, but probably not enough to cover the cost of the entire leased space (operationally, Canard/FC was basically a single space). I'm not a frequent enough visitor to JGB to judge.
  8. Building line variance is on today's planning commission agenda. No additional or revised info in the variance request.
  9. So I guess that's where Seaside Poke is going. Smoosh does ice cream & cookie sandwiches. Currently a truck that can often be found in Rice Village; this would be their first brick & mortar.
  10. Places like this face a challenge, since certain cuisines get associated with a much lower price point. People don't balk at paying $30 for an entree at a French or Italian restaurant, or a "farm-to-table" restaurant (whatever that means), but a fine-dining thai, chinese or mexican place gets compared to much more modest restaurants with similarly named menu items. FWIW, last time we went there (about a month ago) four of us paid about $120 +tip, which I felt was very reasonable.
  11. Counting the square footage occupied by buildings they can't knock down, that's over $90/s.f., which is... high. Even so, given the size of the project, I'd guess the dirt is only about 1/4 of the total cost. Chase should approach whoever submitted the 2nd highest bid, and sell them the land their drive-through is on.
  12. I think 19 if you count MKT/Phoenician (in the same building as Brasserie du Parc). At some point, a high enough concentration of restaurants becomes an attraction in itself. Remember also that the Astros (2 blocks away) and Rockets (1 block away) draw a combined 3M people every year. In terms of drawing people into the area, that's roughly the equivalent of ~5000 residential units.
  13. The spiced frozen sidecar at Canard/FC was maybe the best cocktail I had all year.
  14. The new strip center @ Durham would be a possibility, but not if they plan to open anytime in the first half of 2017.
  15. That's too bad. Had a really good meal there last month. But yeah, it was maybe 2/3 full on Saturday night, which is not a good sign.