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  1. Costco joined the Greater Heights Chamber of Commerce, prompting rumors that they are going to build at this development.
  2. http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/First-look-Field-Tides-in-the-Heights-10924336.php#item-38488 Field and Tides is opening on the 13th. They will open a bar in the old gas station in the spring. Nice to see that building finally going to use.
  3. Presidio is opening this weekend. They had a few soft opening dinners this week. There is a new little crepe restaurant over by the comic/superhero store on Yale and 18th. It is the same guy who was selling Moroccan oils in the same spot.
  4. Fusion Taco is open. Really good. Generous margaritas. Affordable and easy. Nice addition to the neighborhood.
  5. There is a little crepe restaurant on W18th and Yale next door to the super hero costume shop. Pretty basic menu of sweet and savory crepes. But with all the high end stuff piling into the neighborhood, something new that is small, quick, cheap and easy is nice to have.
  6. Building a new sign from scratch is very expensive, especially if you want something creative. Many businesses will lease their signs from the company that made them instead of buying because of the cost and to not end up leaving a lot of sunk money if you move or the business doesn't fly. Repurposing a sign is a big money saver.
  7. http://houston.culturemap.com/news/real-estate/01-12-17-heights-mercantile-new-stores-saint-lo-the-gypsy-wagon-marine-layer/#slide=7 Two more retail leases in addition to Saint Lo.
  8. http://www.houstonpress.com/restaurants/what-was-really-going-on-behind-the-closing-of-foreign-correspondents-9081422 Oh, the restaurant biz can be quite the circus.
  9. They took the building down to the steel frame and foundation. But from the renderings it looks like they will reuse the frame and foundation for the most part.
  10. http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Kenten-Marin-to-join-Presidio-team-10832870.php?cmpid=fb-desktop Team in place for Presidio f/k/a 60 Pioneers. Opening late January.
  11. https://www.statesideseattle.com/ This is Seattle's version of FC, but from Vietnamese cuisine. This place was in NYT and received best new restaurant accolades in Seattle. It is packed all the time. But it is in a prime location in Seattle with lots of foot traffic from other bars, restaurants and retail. It is also very close to downtown. As much as the Heights has come along, I think N. Main is just not ready for prime time. Also, FC was excellent, but not such a gem like Oxheart that location did not matter.
  12. I wonder if there is such a thing as too much success when opening a restaurant? Every time I went to FC early on, it was packed. I thought it was going to be packed all the time with all the big critical acclaim and did not see it as a place to go for a week night meal. Or maybe the Location was a bit too ambitious (Most Houstonians probably do not think of a nice night out and N Main in the same sentence). I hope this won't keep restaurantuers from doing interesting things in the Heights. There are only so many $16 plates of shrimp and grits to go around.
  13. http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Founding-chefs-PJ-and-Apple-Stoops-leave-Foreign-10806067.php Dang.
  14. Show me how I can get cash payments from HEB to do guerrilla marketing for them. You do not have to believe everything HEB tells you. Their claim that something at street level would be underutilized is just their way of saying that it would be more expensive so go jump in the lake. They are building the store they want to build and are putting on a PR dog and pony show to get people to think that they value community input. They could do so much better than what they are proposing for this location. But everyone is so giddy about getting a medicore HEB that HEB knows they can just do whatever they want.
  15. Translation: This is going to be a typical suburban store. Deal with it. The patio eating area by the NW corner of the Waugh WF is very lively and always has a lot of people out eating when the weather is nice. The parklet 200m to the north was always empty because it got a lot of afternoon sun and no one wanted to walk all the way to the far end of the property with all their food when they could just find a table right outside the door. Getting rid of the parklet had nothing to do with the viability of street fronting seating for a cafe at a grocery store. HEB obviously does not want to put in a cafe at this store because the giant store on Waugh will probably have all the bells and whistles. The Heights just gets the dumpy suburban version.