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What happened to Wharhols - real story? Open for what 3 months - so nice on the inside I know there is more to that story. Interesting about 2401 Main - I know Patio Bar was great and pretty busy when they first opened but lately has been a ghost town. Wish them the best!

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Saw them ripping up the parking lot at Caroline & Hadley a couple days ago.  Went by today and found out that Advantage BMW is building a new detailing shop to replace the one that will be torn down across gray from the dealership (same block as their newly acquired/remodeled used car center).  Better than an empty lot or townhomes, I guess.

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There's a new developer sign posted at wheeler and main caddy corner to Sears. It lists commonground.net as the developer's website, but that is clearly a work in progress. Anyone heard of this outfit? I would love to see this big lot used as something other than a base of operations for panhandlers.

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Saw a variance request sign near Bar Munich/Chase Bank/Latin cuisine resturaunt...

 

Couldnt see what it was... but that whole block is developed (aside from some surface parking for the aforementioned businesses.)

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Saw a variance request sign near Bar Munich/Chase Bank/Latin cuisine resturaunt...

 

Couldnt see what it was... but that whole block is developed (aside from some surface parking for the aforementioned businesses.)

 

they want to add a canopy

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It looks as though work is finally underway to convert 2401 Main St into a bar/lounge.  As far as I can tell, the name is going to be Traffic?

 

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There's a new bar/lounge that's opened up in the old barcadia spot across from the superblock. I never heard anything about it or saw remodeling crews, but they had their soft opening tonight. 60's themed with the place decked out in retro furniture and decorations.  It looks like a classy change to what Midtown is used to.

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What happened to Wharhols - real story? Open for what 3 months - so nice on the inside I know there is more to that story. Interesting about 2401 Main - I know Patio Bar was great and pretty busy when they first opened but lately has been a ghost town. Wish them the best!

It was sold to a group doing an asian-style club, VAO. Not sure when it's supposed to open though but I saw them stocking up on alcohol last weekend. 

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Link below is a month or so old, but that restaurant/bakery/bar (and the team behind it), the MetDance Studio in same location, together with coming Superblock and Caroline street reconstruction, and recent makeovers of Baldwin annd Grover Parks, would hopefully mean positive things going forward now in next few years in Midtown in that neighborhood immediately to the west of Main (north of Elgin, south of McGowen or so)...Agree? Disagree? http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/06-29-14-midtown-makeover-massive-new-restaurant-bar-bakery-in-an-old-garage-looks-to-change-a-neighborhood/

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Link below is a month or so old, but that restaurant/bakery/bar (and the team behind it), the MetDance Studio in same location, together with coming Superblock and Caroline street reconstruction, and recent makeovers of Baldwin annd Grover Parks, would hopefully mean positive things going forward now in next few years in Midtown in that neighborhood immediately to the west of Main (north of Elgin, south of McGowen or so)...Agree? Disagree? http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/06-29-14-midtown-makeover-massive-new-restaurant-bar-bakery-in-an-old-garage-looks-to-change-a-neighborhood/

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Asking as a new transplant - seems to me all things I noted (new restaurant/bakery/bar, renovated Baldwin and Grover Parks, Superblock, reconstucted walkable Caroline St, etc) will be located in or walkable from this EAST Midtown neighborhood (EAST of Main St, not west as I say above which west side has already seen a good deal of development and property cost increase it seems ...and north of Elgin and south of McGowen or so), and also walkable to the new Midtown Arts Theater coming, and to the McGowen rail stop, and only mins driving from downtown, med ctr, museums ....from my viewpoint, it seems a lot of good things, would be great if it continues to develop, seems all very positive for future of that east midtown neighborhood ....

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There's a new bar/lounge that's opened up in the old barcadia spot across from the superblock. I never heard anything about it or saw remodeling crews, but they had their soft opening tonight. 60's themed with the place decked out in retro furniture and decorations.  It looks like a classy change to what Midtown is used to.

 

What's it called?

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In true Midtown fashion, there is a guy sleeping on the sidewalk in the streetview you listed.  Do you have any other info on the remodel? Is there a TABC application on the door?

 

It's called GAGE. http://www.gagelounge.com/

What's it called?

 

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best of luck to the folks at Gage, but that location sucks.  the greyhound and mcdonalds scare folks away.  perhaps when skyhouse and alliance are full, there will be a local crowd that can support a bar at that location.  

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best of luck to the folks at Gage, but that location sucks.  the greyhound and mcdonalds scare folks away.  perhaps when skyhouse and alliance are full, there will be a local crowd that can support a bar at that location.  

 

Proof is doing fine. Mongoose vs. Cobra and Leon's are doing fine. It's far enough away that the station isn't an issue.

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Proof is doing fine. Mongoose vs. Cobra and Leon's are doing fine. It's far enough away that the station isn't an issue.

Okay, I thought this was going in where Wharhol's was. You're right, this far enough away from the greyhound.

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Accidentally posted here - can't figure out how to delete it entirely (thus this message now), apologies

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Snapped this today and talked to one of the guys behind the project. The conceptual renderings he showed me look amazing, but this will be a really cool project even if it's half as nice as what's planned.

 

edit: Sorry for taking this picture with a potato... (2301 Main St. - Suede Lounge, LP)

 

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Snapped this today and talked to one of the guys behind the project. The conceptual renderings he showed me look amazing, but this will be a really cool project even if it's half as nice as what's planned.

 

edit: Sorry for taking this picture with a potato... (2301 Main St. - Suede Lounge, LP)

 

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Looks like it use to be downtown at 1000 Prairie

 

http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/gallery/Houston-bars-that-have-closed-84593/photo-6216570.php 

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This section on Main is a hot spot so I've two updates in one post:

 

The bar/lounge next to Capitol Bar is getting framed out, definitely showing progress now.



The former school across from Alexan Midtown is almost completely gutted



BUUUUUUT... it looks like they've changed the applicant on the TABC notice.  I hope this doesn't cause any delays or change the concept from that awesome rendering I was shown.


 

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Any word on what is going on?  Looks to be a new fence at Chenevert and McGowen.

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2401 Main getting closer to being a habitable environ. Sorry for the flash shot against the glass, but that's the only way I could get anything to show up.

 

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2401 Main (aka Traffic Lounge) looks to be a month or two away from opening.

 

 

Also, it looks like the development that was planned across from Alexan apartments has had some reorganizing and the TABC application has been reissued under the name Rose Club.

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anyone have any idea what the word on the street is for Wooster's Garden at 3315 Milam??? Looks like they were originally planning on opening a couple of months ago but have been delayed. it looks like a really cool spot:

 

http://houston.eater.com/2014/7/17/6185497/woosters-garden-to-open-late-july-in-midtown

 

Ask, and you shall receive:

 

(from their facebook page)

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Anyone know what's up with the lot at Caroline & McGowen?  It's been completely cleared of the overgrown brush and trees, and the gate is locked for the first time that I can remember..  Further investigation reveals that an LLC was formed last year under 2515 Caroline, Ltd.  I hope they get something going before the Caroline street renovation begins!

 

This might be a good place for a mixed use with a quick casual restaurant or coffee shop anchor, but I'm hoping for anything other than townhouses.

 

^Is this too much to ask for? :unsure:

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1. I heard the food kiosk at the renovated park at Bagby and Grey has secured a tenant and there could be some signage in the next couple of months.

 

2. The medical building at W Gray and Valentine is also shaping up and looks like it could be ready for move in sometime over the next few months (possibly a Dental office).

 

3. The former Double Cross space under Post Midtown has a Minuti Coffee Coming Soon sign. http://minuticoffee.com/

 

 

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1. I heard the food kiosk at the renovated park at Bagby and Grey has secured a tenant and there could be some signage in the next couple of months.

 

I heard that the kiosk food was going to be from Cyclones? Not a reliable source, just talk. Any one know what the plan is for that kiosk?

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Some potential new developments.

 

- Surveyors at W Gray and Wilson  

- Townhouses at Valentine and Victor

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It looks like they finally started ground work for the townhouses that will replace the homeless shelter on Austin (between McIlhenny and Hadley) that was torn down last year.  I'm happy that the former drug den is being replaced, but it looks like my view of skyline will be gone in a few short months. Le sigh.

 

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I noticed two interesting things while walking around Midtown yesterday.

 

1. Jazz player at the corner of West Gray and Bagby

2. White guy on a bike with a rasta hat going from store front to store front trying to sell some key chains and other hand made items

 

I think Midtown might be getting more diverse... I hope to see more of this.

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Heard from a buddy who works at Blackfinn, they are shuttering soon.

Guess they weren't making enough money.

Interesting. Can't say that I'm upset. Didn't care for it. But it seems like rents in that area are too high.

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I liked the set-up from Blackfinn but the food does suck.  I live about a block from there and rarely ever go.

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Heard from a buddy who works at Blackfinn, they are shuttering soon.

Guess they weren't making enough money.

 

It was a pretty ambitious amount of space they leased up.

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Oh wow, I used to walk over there all the time when I lived at Post to watch football. Hopefully something good will replace it.

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BlackFinn Closing http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/11-03-14-hot-midtown-restaurant-suddenly-closes-even-though-bar-sales-were-high/

 

There is still a good amount of retail planned or opening in the area.

 

1. izakaya (former Farrago's spot) - http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/04-07-14-azuma-group-brings-izakaya-to-midtown/

 

2. Rico's (on the redesigned Midtown Park) - http://www.ricosmidtown.com/

 

3. Freshii (next to Cyclones) - https://www.freshii.com/us

 

4. Fluff Bake Bar (next to Eyeworks at Midtown) - http://fluffbakebar.com/

 

5. Minuti Coffee (former Double Cross Space) - http://minuticoffee.com/ 

 

6. Oporto (Post Midtown Phase III new retail space) - http://www.oporto.us/

 

7 . Dental Office - (Former Nexxt Specialist Vehicle Repair Shop)

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I heard that Post is charging INSANE rents for the W. gray ground floor retail.

Which is understandable, supply and demand and all....just an observation...

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Heard the greyhound bus station is closing and moving by Amtrak at 45 and Washington by next summer, can't find anything about it, anybody know anything?

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Heard the greyhound bus station is closing and moving by Amtrak at 45 and Washington by next summer, can't find anything about it, anybody know anything?

This doesn't sound right.

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