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  1. Bernie's burger bus is permanently closing all of its locations including Yale St.
  2. Common Bond takeout is open. For those of you who always wanted a vintage motorcycle shop/coffee bar, your prayers have been answered. https://wolfsmithsheights.com/
  3. I could not even begin to describe the hot mess that is playing out in the courts over Terry Fisher's businesses. If you go to the Harris County District Clerk's webstie and search for KAVACS, LLC as a defendant, you can see for yourself. 829 Yale changed hands last summer. I have seen what looks like a security guard sitting in a car at the entrance now and then. The building is all steel and concrete if I recall correctly. So, I would assume that it can be finished if you go in and pull out whatever has been damaged due to exposure to the elements. Terry Fisher's Xanadu recently went on the market. It ended up in the hands of Stallion Funding, an Austin outfit that has been muddling their way through a renovation of a house on W 12. I guess the upside is that the amount of schadenfreude that Terry Fisher's demise has generated will carry many Heights residents through the pandemic. But I am pretty sick of seeing that building rotting away and am ready to see someone just put the thing together already. https://www.har.com/homedetail/832-yale-st-houston-tx-77007/2972500
  4. 0% chance of moving. Musk is freaking out because he needs to deliver vehicles before customers cancel their orders due to the pandemic. California is in his way and he is just ranting about moving to try to get someone in Sacramento to push ahead with reopening or give him some sort of exception. Tesla has too much money sunk in its California facilities and too little money to throw around for moving facilities that really do not need to be moved. And despite all the moaning and groaning, tech firms are totally married to Silicon Valley. None of the higher ups in Silicon Valley want to trade their $5 mil home with a bay view for a McMansion in some Texas suburb.
  5. Asbestos remediation going on at the old Blue Line Bike Lab location that Agricole bought. Never heard anything about what they were going to do over there, but it looks like they are getting started on something.
  6. The old Lee’s Fried Chicken building is turning into a Common Bond take out concept.
  7. For those of you who enjoy consuming their mass quantities, Barnaby's is moving to the spot where Pi Pizza used to be.
  8. So, China dumps steel on the US market and Trump starts a trade war with big tariffs. Saudis do the same with oil (yes, I know it is traded on an international market, but effect is the same) and no one bats an eyelash. Is the benefit of cheap energy to US business great enough that the government just looks the other way and makes the O&G sector take one for the team? Or is our alliance with SA as a counterweight to Iran more important than the domestic O&G sector? I can see how the 2015 glut was something that the energy sector could be expected to ride out as the economy was otherwise doing well. But the Saudis' move potentially could set off a systemic crisis in financial markets with a waive of bond defaults coming out of the O&G sector and spreading to the rest of the corporate bond market. Or does the government just let the Saudis have their fun, bailout the O&G sector and try to recoup the money in arms sales to the Saudis?
  9. https://houston.eater.com/2020/3/10/21173134/sams-fried-chicken-and-donuts-closes Sam's (f/k/a Lee's) Fried chicken and donuts is closing. With the addition of Voodoo donuts, we are certainly at peak donut in the area. And it never seemed like Sambrooks put much effort into Sam's or Pi Pizza.
  10. https://houston.eater.com/2020/3/5/21166526/hoke-poke-heights-open New poke bowl restaurant. I believe it is in the space where Mams and then Taco la Marco was.
  11. Burger Joint is open. Flower Child opens end of March. Be More Pacific opens this week.
  12. Whoever renovated that house put too much money into it. Lousy location. Polk is a busy/noisy street. All that modern cabinetry/design is generally not what people are looking for when they buy a 1920s bungalow. And that all stuff is expensive. So the owner probably has a lot of money in that house. Probably will have a hard time selling it for a price that starts with a 5 instead of a 4, especially as the oil and gas markets are roiling.
  13. Eastwood is about where the Heights was 10 years ago in terms of pricing. House flippers are scurrying around Eastwood like crazy now. I do not think there will be the same trajectory as the Heights because the location is very different. But that is a good thing because the next phase of gentrification would be to teardown everything and build 4400 square foot lot line houses.
  14. That is it. I tried searching for it, but didn't pull up anything for 18th st. or Bevis. When you call everything the "Heights" that is withing a 5 mile radius of the actual Heights, it gets confusing.
  15. Harvey is the builder. Haven't seen anything on the web about it. 7 floors, senior living. Shuffle board courts going in at McIntyre's.
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