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Byrd's Building At 420 Main St.


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Didn't know where to put this, but I saw a gentleman measuring off the building today. He had measuring tape and was jotting everything down on his notepad. He also had what looked like a sketched/diagram kind of figure on his paper.

That's odd, I saw the same thing a few months ago over at the Hyatt Downtown. Coincidence?

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Didn't know where to put this, but I saw a gentleman measuring off the building today. He had measuring tape and was jotting everything down on his notepad. He also had what looked like a sketched/diagram kind of figure on his paper.

I wouldn't read too much into it. It could be anything, from an HCAD representative taking exterior measurements to an architecture student non-technically surveying the area for a project.

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Fretz Construction was the original construction company. When the building came up for sale, Bob Fretz bought it -- had the original drawings and everything. Very cool rooftop -- indoor/outdoor kitchen, wall for outdoor movies, etc. Converted floor 2 to three residential units and floor 3 to two units. He lives in one of them. He sold four, possibly all five units. Is actively looking for a compatible (to residential) restaurant or other establishment for the first floor.

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  • 2 years later...

there's a market square function next weekend and i noticed this on the website

Byrd’s Market & Café

420 Main

This new neighborhood market will be opening at the end of this month. Get a sneak peek though and enjoy wonderful appetizers and desserts, wine tastings and more!

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Took these around 7:30 AM today. Didn't want to get too close because workers were looking annoyed at me. They've already got chairs inside and they're building benches. There's a staircase right inside the door that goes to the second floor, so looks like the first two floors will be the market/restaurant.

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Took these around 7:30 AM today. Didn't want to get too close because workers were looking annoyed at me. They've already got chairs inside and they're building benches. There's a staircase right inside the door that goes to the second floor, so looks like the first two floors will be the market/restaurant.

And there's a new "Byrd's" sign in gold above the entrance.

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I rode by it tonight on the way home from dinner at GrumBar. The liquor license notice said it was for "Byrd Market/Grape Wine Bar".

The license is actually for two concepts. The wine bar will be next to Byrd's. Byrd's should be open in a few weeks. Everyone should check it out and help make it a permanent institution.

Heres a pic I took of it.

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The license is actually for two concepts. The wine bar will be next to Byrd's. Byrd's should be open in a few weeks. Everyone should check it out and help make it a permanent institution.

Heres a pic I took of it.

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nice to see you 'round houstonretail. thanks for the input.

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Nice building design,...good location. Hope it's successful.

By the way, that tall bldg. to the right of it, ...second one, what was it, originally, anyone know? Last time I was at Cabo, we parked by it, the parking lot against it's east wall had remnants of multi-colored tiles on the actual parking lot, very mysterious.

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Nice building design,...good location. Hope it's successful.

By the way, that tall bldg. to the right of it, ...second one, what was it, originally, anyone know? Last time I was at Cabo, we parked by it, the parking lot against it's east wall had remnants of multi-colored tiles on the actual parking lot, very mysterious.

State National Bank Building. Not sure if that was the original use. Constructed in 1924.

http://www.archiplanet.org/wiki/State_National_Bank_Building

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State National Bank Building. Not sure if that was the original use. Constructed in 1924.

http://www.archiplan...l_Bank_Building

Ahh, Finn, gotta love 'em. (I'm trailing from the Byrd Bldg., a bit). I just looked on GoogleEarth, too. A smaller (looks like two story) bldg. sits next to the bank bldg. That bldg's east wall is exactly where those tiles were.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Menus visible from the windows today. Burgers, one with a fried egg. 2 breakfast burritos, one with sausage egg cheese and sweet potato fries, all in the burrito. Another with avocado egg cheese and I forget what else. Chilaquiles! Many other things. Looking good. Sign on the door says they will "open soon" and that they're training today.

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I saw fresh produce being delivered this morning, so they will presumably open any day now.

Other updates in the area: There's a lockout notice posted on iBar as of two days ago, another bar fails on Main Street. Next to the cigar shop where the Quiznos used to be there's a sign advertising that a sandwich and seafood shop is coming.

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"breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week" - yay!

The menu looks pretty good - for the cheapskate in me, what were the prices like?

Modest for downtown, IMO, but ymmv. Also, I think they should get some lunch specials. A burger with fried green tomatoes and a chili sauce, sweet potato fries, and a soft drink ran me $12 last night.

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Stopped by a couple weeks ago - the food was pretty good but I have my reservations about the concept. It was dead when we went (8pm ish on a Friday) and the dry goods were a little awkward.

I had the stuffed burger - good, but not $9 good..

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It's gone. And while it's sad to see a business go, they were running it really wrong.

How so? just curious. When they first opened they were really good, but the food started to go downhill somewhat. I do remember going there when they sold produce, but stopped :(

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