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  1. s3mh

    Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    Happy All Cafe is closing. Property will be redeveloped. I had assumed that Savoir/La Grande Rue would use Happy All's lot for parking. Makes me wonder a bit about what is going on with that one. I peaked in the window the other day and it looks like a fair amount of work is left to be done. Savoir had a pop up dinner at Mastrantos last week. But I have not seen a lot of work going on at the location on Yale. Maybe I am just being overly sensitive in anticipation, as other places had very long roads to hoe with the city and construction delays.
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    Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    I have heard that they are going to make it a space for special events.
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    Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/02-11-19-squable-new-restaurant-bobby-heugel-justin-yu-heights-drew-gimma-mark-clayton-terry-williams/#slide=0 Details on Squabble which is taking over the Southern Goods space. Looks interesting, but I really do miss Southern Goods.
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    Lack of Restaurant Diversity In the Heights

    Bacco in the Heights is coming to the 1400 block of Yale St. I believe the street number is 1426. It is in a bungalow on the east side of the street. They are currently putting in a porch out front with a TABC notice on the door. This is the same Bacco as Bacco on the Bayou. Now that the dry zone is history, you can potentially have a pub crawl on Yale St. Well, more like a wine bar and craft whiskey bar crawl. Maggie May's Coffee is coming to the strip center across the street from Hugs and Donuts (the preferred point of reference for everyone in the Heights with little kids). This will be part of another location for Black Dog Records.
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    HEB at 23rd & Shepherd (Formerly Fiesta)

    I have been to both Kroger and HEB since HEB opened. Kroger seems the same in terms of foot traffic. HEB is packed during prime shopping hours to the point that you have to park on the street if you do not want to circle around the parking lot and fight for a spot. I suspect that will die down as the novelty wears off and certainly when the Waugh store opens. I definitely think that there are a lot of people at HEB who are coming down from the north side and GOOF who would not otherwise be shopping at Kroger on 11th. As for HEB v Kroger, it is a bit of a draw. HEB has a nice seafood counter and some good produce specials. But Kroger is easier to shop with all the organics in one place and has a much better wine and beer selection and a good cheese shop. I assume that HEB will put more fancy offerings in the Waugh store because as August noted, this one is pretty conventional.
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    Lower Heights District

    Die Katyville, Die!!! Summer St. just needs a tiny extension to be able to connect just south of Target. It was surprising when they did the 380 agreement with Kroger that they didn't finish the job and have Summer go all the way through. I would have to assume that with the addition of all that sq ft, the city would require it for emergency vehicles and traffic plans.
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    1344 Yale

    https://theleadernews.com/approachable-wine-bar-coming-to-heights/ February opening for the wine bar. Sounds like the restaurant portion (Savoir) is going to open later.
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    1344 Yale

    The put up a temporary sign on it saying that La Grande Rue and Savoir are coming soon. I have not seen much activity since the event they had.
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    347 W 20th

    https://theleadernews.com/contentious-boutique-hotel-a-dream-come-true-for-developer/ Wow. and I thought I was a rich kid because my dad loaned by $8k for a down payment on a house. If this place has enough room to put on weddings and special events, it should do well. I just do not see enough demand to sustain a high end boutique hotel in the Heights without revenue from weddings, etc. But my dad is only good for about $8k. So, I will just have to sit back and watch.
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    1344 Yale

    Savoir and La Grande Rue held a sneak peak event last Saturday and briefly took down the plastic covering all the windows. it is really weird seeing some life inside that building. No word on an official opening, but the interior looks ready to go.
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    347 W 20th

    The dental office leases parking spaces to the theater. Decoupling parking is the right idea. Letting a market develop for parking is economic-speak for turning what should be the responsibility of the people making piles of money off the real estate developments into a cost externality borne by the surrounding community. If you gave the city the power to impose a parking district, you would be able to distribute the burden of parking more equitably, open the area up to more development and stop sticking the surrounding community with the burdens of over development.
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    347 W 20th

    Not once in 100 years has the area around 19th street had 700+ multifamily units and over a dozen restaurants/bars/coffee shops. 19th street was originally designed to be a commercial street that serviced the Heights with most people using the trolley or walking to get there. It is now becoming an entertainment destination for a city of 6 million people. 19th street has never been as dense as it is going to become in the next 5 years. And this is not an issue where a once dormant commercial street comes back to life in the Heights and has patrons parking on residential streets for the first time in decades. The development on 19th street will quickly turn into another Greenville Ave where all the parking lots are packed and people are driving all around the neighborhood streets looking for parking. There is enough land around 19th street to avoid that situation by putting in some structured parking. But that will never happen because we make parking an individual business owner responsibility and each business owner lines up for a break on the amount of parking they are required to have on site.
  13. http://www.housingforhouston.com/media/54608/august 2018 board packet.pdf The southern half of this property that is currently being prepped for construction is going to be the Standard in the Heights. 51% of the units will be reserved for low and moderate income residents. This is in the Love Elementary school zone. Love is chronically under enrolled. So, no Briargrove freak out will happen with this project.
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    347 W 20th

    There is currently no market, but there will be very soon. Waterworks will have 4 new restaurants opening in a few months. That for all practical purposes doubles the restaurant density on 19th. And the parking lot for the waterworks is not going to handle all of that new demand, sending people into the streets for spaces. The redevelopment of the two thrift stores at the opposite end of 19th will more than likely have retail/restaurant/bar and up the ante on parking pressures from the east end of 19th. Then, you have the multifamily under construction and a potentially larger multifamily going in next to the new Chase bank building. That will add overflow parking onto the streets as visitors and tenants with extra vehicles look to the streets for extra parking. Add to all that "Maison Robert" and inevitable parking spill over if they are going to do weddings and special events (can't see how that is not their business model). Once that is all built out, there will be more than enough demand for parking to put structured parking on one or more of the existing surface lots. Midtown and downtown are nothing like 19th street. Downtown has plenty of parking garages and surface lots that empty out by 6 pm. Midtown has a tight street grid with plenty of parking a few blocks away from most everything. On 19th St., there are a few surface lots, head in parking and then everyone spills over into the neighborhoods. SPAs should be mandated when redevelopment puts parking pressures on residential neighborhoods. Otherwise, businesses get a free ride by dumping their patrons onto residential streets. This "price on-street parking" thing is just a fantasy. First, people will still drive as long as there are spaces somewhere. This is Houston. We suck at public transportation. Second, you will never get anyone to agree to put meters in front of their houses in residential areas. They will get restricted parking instead, which will just make the parking crunch even worse. Third, no one will ever put in a garage because without parking minimums, every lot will fill with retail/residential because those make way more money than a parking garage.
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    347 W 20th

    First, what in the world kind of hotel is needed in the Heights? Unless there is a really huge convention or sporting event in town, you can get really cheap hotels downtown. Aloft is often under $150. 5 star hotels downtown are usually $200-250. Even with a charge for parking, the deals on hotels downtown are too good for any one-off boutique in the Heights to compete with. I would have to assume that they are going for a Colombe D'Or concept where they are going to count on a significant amount of revenue from weddings and events. But it really doesn't look like it is set up well for that as they are having to put parking on every sq ft that is not building. Second, this just shows how approaching parking as an individual obligation of each business is foolish. This hotel is doing everything it can to keep from having to build a parking garage. That is why the parking looks silly. If the approach to parking was collective, you would be able to put in a parking garage on one or more of the adjacent surface lots either across the street or kitty corner to the hotel. All the property owners and tenants should be required to pitch in to fund a garage and could recover some of their investment by charging for parking. That would help alleviate the parking problems on 19th st as it grows exponentially with the new Waterworks development, the multifamily projects and the coming redevelopment of the thrift shop and insurance sale lots. Instead, under the every man for themselves development paradigm, each new development will fight to put in as little parking as possible creating a big mess for the area.