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  1. For clarity, I'm wondering if anyone has a company they recommend that does wrought iron work. I'm not seeking ideas on how to fix it myself.
  2. Our wrought iron fence needs some repairs. Does anyone have any recommendations?
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    19th St.

    I just saw a post online that a new dessert shop was openning at 512 W. 19th St., in the same strip as Collina's and Penzey's Spices. Can't wait to try it. http://fredeatshouston.typepad.com/wwwfredeatshoustoncom/2009/11/dessert-shoppe-opening-on-19th-street.html
  4. I don't think it's related to Shade in the Heights but in case you're interested, the owners of Shade are opening a restaraunt called Canopy in Montrose. http://blog.cleverley.com/2009/11/05/claire-smith-announces-new-restaurant--canopy.aspx
  5. There's a post about Stella Sola on the Houston Press blog, Eating Our Words... http://blogs.houstonpress.com/eating/2009/11/tripletail_stella.php
  6. Isn't Prive and Heights Sports Lounge closed? Both look like they've been abandoned. If 11th Street is under new management, has the menu changed? I'd love to see something that isn't fried or full of grease on the menu. Also, the place could use a little TLC inside. There's so much potential with that location!
  7. Regarding #5, why not keep Shepherd Dr./Durham as the main thoroughfare to I-10???
  8. Home in the Heights blogger, Martin Hajovsky, recently posted this on Chron.com. Yale resident and longtime Heights volunteer Debra Broman is sounding the alarm about the possible destruction of the live oak trees that line Yale Street from Interstate 10 to Loop 610. According to Broman, a former Heights Association Citizen of the Year, the city's plans to widen the street pose a serious danger to these trees, almost all of which were planted by volunteers, including Broman, in the 1980s. No matter what you think about the need for Yale to be resurfaced (I know I for one am tired the poor quality of that road), this is an issue that does affect the quality of life in the Heights. A tree-lined thoroughfare is what we have and what I want to continue to see on that street. I definitely do not want to see North Sheperd or Durham redux. Can the street be resurfaced without widening it? Those who were involved in the Studewood resurfacing a few years ago (photo of that experience above), your expertise in that process might be needed here. One thing I do know is that these public comment periods are valuable and the city does indeed listen. You may not save the trees with action, but inaction will definitely doom them. A discussion on this issue will be held at the Houston Heights Association's Urban Forestry Committee meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Heights Fire Station, 207 West 12th at Yale.
  9. I just received an email from the owners of Big Mamou and thought you'd be interested in what it said. Sounds like they are listening to their customers which is always a good sign. Friends and Neighbors, Rufus and I would like to thank you all for your encouragement and support. The overall response from the neighborhood has been terrific! We're still working from our "Soft Opening" menu, but we are adding items each week, such as bread pudding with Jack Daniel's Whisky Sauce and Pasta Wednesday (last week was a shrimp and crawfish linguini scampi-style). This week we are adding Dirty Rice to the menu. We also wanted to let y'all know that we now have Abita beer! Our first brunch will be Sunday, April 12 (Easter Sunday). We've planned a special menu for the Easter holiday, complete with Mimosas and of course, pancakes for the kids! We've had a number of folks ask us about our fantastic Po-boys and muffalettas! We strive to use the freshest and most authentic ingredients available. Our bread comes directly from Gambino's Bakery in Kenner, LA. It is baked, flash-frozen and shipped daily to Houston. Likewise, our shrimp are from the Gulf of Mexico, wild-caught, not farm-raised in Viet-Nam or China. Our oysters are from Matagorda Bay, TX, and our Natchitoches Meat Pies are really from Natchitoches, LA. And to insure that we have the freshest produce available,we use local markets and it is delivered daily (or as often as we need it!). The weather is warming up a bit, just right for sitting out on the front deck or back patio with a cold Abita or nice glass of Pinot Grigio!
  10. The article below was in the Houston Heights Association's Jan. 2008 Newsletter. I'm guessing they're just running behind schedule. 2008 City of Houston Construction Plans for the Heights Construction is scheduled to start in May or June on the Hike & Bike trail on Nicholson Street and the old MKT railroad right-of way. By the end of the year, bicyclists should be able to ride from 19th street to downtown Houston on the new trail. The city's Neighborhood Street Reconstruction Program has scheduled to rebuild portions of Cortlandt St. and Oxford St. in 2008. The project will remove all pavement and rebuild with curbs and gutters. The sections that will be rebuilt are: Cortlandt from White Oak to 11th, 12th to 14th, and 18th to 22nd; Oxford between 15th and 16th streets.
  11. I went to the Big Mamou this weekend. I had the catfish poboy, my friend had the shrimp poboy, and we shared a bowl of gumbo. Overall, we were both pleased with the food - especially for the price. We both had a lot more than 5 pieces of fish/shrimp. It's a casual place where you order at the counter, grab a beer out of the cooler and then sit and wait for your food to come out (which didn't take long at all). I'm anxious to try them again once they have their full menu available. I also noticed a sign that said they would serve brunch starting the middle of April. Another friend of mine mentioned that he had breakfast at the newly expanded El Bolillo bakery on Airline. I didn't get a chance to ask what all they served. Does anyone else have more info? Do they mainly have breakfast breads and pastries or do they have additional items on the weekend such as eggs, etc.?
  12. They have a place on their Web site to make comments. Maybe we could convince them to add Abita to their beer selection. I'm sure they would appreciate suggestions from the neighborhood. http://thebigmamou.com/contactus.html I haven't been yet but plan on trying it out this weekend.
  13. How or why? There's plenty of retail space in that whole strip for them to take over to make it a huge store. I just wonder why they don't focus on quality of products and service instead of quantity of space. I don't recall too many comments about the current space being too small. Most of the comments have been about the expired products, lack of cleanliness and the horrible customer service from the employees.
  14. I've been driving out to Bunker Hill for my groceries too so I haven't been in the Krogers to see if there are any signs yet of a renovation or major improvements. Is there any signs of hope??? I wish they would do something. Although it will take a lot to convince me to switch back from HEB. Like everyone is saying, the selection is great and the employees are wonderful. Plus, no horrible smells.
  15. It looks like the Big MaMou is open now on Studewood. http://thebigmamou.com/index.html Has anyone tried it yet? If it's good, then at least we now have a Cajun restaurant in the Heights.
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