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On 11/11/2019 at 8:47 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:

 

On 9/26/2019 at 9:20 AM, gene said:

Morning! I edited to add more yesterday to my post above...

but wanted to add today that i drove by Cafe Express and they had moved out overnight and the place it empty!

Here comes Hugo Ortega!!!

 

and i guess the closing of Cafe Express was timed perfectly with the opening of Mendocino Farms as that opens next week!

 

 



That was quick. I didn't expect Cafe Express to close this soon. You are correct about the competition from Mendocino Farms.



And Eater Houston wrote about your post today:



Following weeks of rumors, chef Hugo Ortega and restaurateur Tracy Vaught have officially confirmed that they’re working on a new restaurant in Uptown Park.

The real-estate obsessives at HAIF were the first to notice that Ortega and Vaught had their eyes on the former Cafe Express space at 101 Uptown Park Boulevard, Suite 12. Now, a statement from Vaught confirms that they’re working on a restaurant for that location, but doesn’t provide a ton of additional detail. “Like with all our other concepts, we prefer to keep the idea close to our chests, as we like to have the ability to plan, develop and make changes at-will without being hindered by any previous announcements,” Vaught said. “So, yes, we did sign with Eden to go into Uptown Park. Our plans are still fluid and the opening is at least a year away. We have no further details at this time.”

Many have speculated that Ortega and Vaught’s new restaurant will be of the fast-casual variety, which is exciting news for folks who can’t afford to enjoy the James Beard Award winning chef’s cuisine at Xochi or Hugo’s. Perhaps he’ll focus on the crispy tlayudas at Xochi, or bring the beloved ceviches from Hugo’s into a fast-casual format.



More: https://houston.eater.com/2019/9/27/20886937/hugo-ortega-uptown-park-restaurant-opening

 

 

 

Since I passed along a link from this forum with news of Hugo Ortega's plans for a regional Mexican restaurant in Uptown Park to those covering Houston's dining scene, I thought it was only right to share this tidbit with HAIF in return:

 

There's a possible name for the Hugo Ortega restaurant, or at least a tentative name. It's likely the name of H-Town Restaurant Group's newest addition may be Urbe.

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Heard from a very reliable source this weekend that The Rustic Post Oak (Uptown Park) should have their grand opening July 4th Weekend! All weekend there was tons of activity from super early in the m

Well i will say that man i LOVE The Rustic...have been a few times now and just seeing live music again has made my whole day week month year with all this mess going on.  They are super clean an

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On 11/24/2019 at 8:35 PM, IntheKnowHouston said:

 

 

 

Since I passed along a link from this forum with news of Hugo Ortega's plans for a regional Mexican restaurant in Uptown Park to those covering Houston's dining scene, I thought it was only right to share this tidbit with HAIF in return:

 

There's a possible name for the Hugo Ortega restaurant, or at least a tentative name. It's likely the name of H-Town Restaurant Group's newest addition may be Urbe.

 

On 1/13/2020 at 10:14 AM, gene said:

 

 

I shared the name two months ago a couple of posts above. I'm also the one who passed that along to Eater Houston after H-Town Restaurant Group was issued an allowance to trademark Urbe last month.

 

I'm going to bet the name is Urbe. H-Town Restaurant Group isn't ready to divulge the name or anything else related to this new restaurant. So, of course their response would be "it's a working name". I highly doubt Ortega and Vaught would hire a trademark attorney and go through the entire process if it weren't the name.

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On 1/10/2020 at 6:18 PM, ekdrm2d1 said:

 

 

 

i am not sure what is going on but maybe they are waiting on more permits...as absolutely nothing has been done to Giant Leap Coffee since that photo.... it has been sitting there with no workers on site etc for a couple of weeks...

 

however, The Rustic has been banging out nonstop work....finishing all new concrete floors as of this weekend...and building inner walls and more at their space...its truly buzzing with activity during daylight hours! 

they had at first mentioned a possible February opening but i am thinking more May/June... we shall see but i am super excited that Uptown Park is experiencing this revival! 

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okay so maybe i missed it somewhere...but in shocking news to ME, Starbucks closed up overnight and brown paper lines all the window in Uptown Park...

that was my favorite location too...with the little park adjacent to it with the concrete animals...i have walked there and hung out there many times with friends and family that loved that more intimate and cool location...

DANG!

there IS a sign on the door saying that they are indeed closed permanently so it is not a renovation.

so i guess it makes sense that Giant Leap is building their little kiosk type location (although again no workers on site this morning?!?!)...

however wow i don't think i have ever heard of a Starbucks location closing haha! what in the heck can move into that location that allows the park to stay AND fit it? Maybe a cool ice creamery? Bakery? Dessert Gallery? etc?

 

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The Rustic is now painted a dark gray...they are working nonstop on the interior of the building and have replaced many of the front facing windows (they haven't replaced the clothing/tailor store window yet up top on the left and for some reason that is driving my mild ocd crazy haha!)

I have a photo on my phone but my god i still have trouble uploading photos for some reason...

can someone message me the exact steps to take photos from iphone 11 to here?

thanks!

 

 

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and in new news apparently only i care about... haha ;) , The Rustic Uptown is now hiring and will be opening in the Spring so that means sometime around May (or end of may as they are just now filling in the walls/sheetrock etc)...wow this was a quick build out...

so excited!!! 

https://www.houstonpress.com/restaurants/flower-child-heights-opens-soon-the-rustic-goes-uptown-pi-pizza-closes-11450568

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I have never seen as many workers or trucks with equipment and materials than this morning! The Rustic is getting serious!!!...even during this crazy shutdown of the world...

 

update on monday 03/23/20:

went to the rustic downtown to get a sandwich and they gave me a 15.00 gift card towards my next meal when they reopen which is so awesome...the chicken and cheese sandwich was amazing! when i went to pick it up they told me that they will have the uptown location up and running by the end of may...wow! they really are working hard on getting this open...and soon!

 

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the third photo down is the back of the building facing the freeway...

i wonder if anyone has or knows the plans of this establishment as they are known for their semi-outdoor stage viewing area etc...so are they building out the back to have this as a feature i wonder?

 

 

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BOO to smoking areas ;) 

and i have been speaking with Common Bond insiders lately and have heard their number 1 target for their next new location is Uptown Park or at least in Uptown Houston...

there is a rumor going around that Mendocino Farms may not even reopen after all this mess is better....so this would be amazing to have Common Bond take over that location or BETTER, take over the Starbucks location in Uptown Park that closed since it has the cool little park adjacent and they could even expand since the 2 business next door between Starbucks and  Crave Cupcakes are now closed and empty spaces as well. IF they HAD to, (and since they are trying this now in the Heights) they could even create a drive thru with this location  without disturbing the little park by placing the window to the far back side of the building facing Post Oak Blvd. 

 

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Drove by this morning and wow...the most cars and workers i have ever seen on site at The Rustic! Exciting stuff! 

(still hoping to find plans on this place as it does look like the back is being built out to be a big patio...)

 

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well dang! :(

 

https://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/05-27-20-houston-restaurant-closed-shuttered-poitin-bar-kitchen-tasting-room-uptown-park-barrys-pizza/#slide=0

 

The Tasting Room Uptown Park 
Lasco Enterprises announced that the original location of The Tasting Room will close on May 30. Known for its popular happy hour and spacious patio, The Tasting Room had occupied its space for 17 years, but it couldn’t come to new lease terms, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Tasting Room’s location in CityCentre will remain open.

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honestly i am pretty sad about Tasting Room...especially since i could walk or ride a bike there, i liked going there to chill out and my buddy Micaiah Walker was a fairly regular guest musician there

 

edited to add i saw this article today...and dang Eden, you either have a really awesome plan for this space or sound cold hearted according to this:

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/05/27/uptown-park-tasting-room-wine-bar-closes.html

“Since the beginning of the quarantines, we’ve been trying to negotiate with our landlord. Finally, after our latest request for a meeting to discuss and figure out how we could work together to save the business, we were directed to their outside attorney and then simply told that there will be no negotiations,” Jerry Lasco said in a statement. 

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The Rustic looks like it is working at a break neck pace to finish up work as there are tons of vehicles and workers from early morning until early evening on site. The kitchen door was open this morning and it looks like they are finishing that up...

I can almost guarantee they will be open by August 1st if not mid July...

and that back deck looks to be an outdoor area to watch shows as well as a huge patio...they seems to have risers built from wood on the wooden deck.

It looks super cool and so happy they are using that back area! This place looks just HUGE and i guess so, since this is to be their flagship location.

 

and dang that Giant Leap teeny tiny coffee shop is moving at a snails pace...i had to idea it would take this long to build something so small but hey glad it is being built, can't wait to visit it in 2021...hopefully ;)

 

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Heard from a very reliable source this weekend that The Rustic Post Oak (Uptown Park) should have their grand opening July 4th Weekend! All weekend there was tons of activity from super early in the morning till the evening! 

 

edited to add that after driving by and seeing a bit more, i can tell that upon walking in the whole floor is one level with the kitchen to the left then to the far back right corner is the stage apparently...this way if you are in the large main room (entering and facing east) or out on the left hand back patio (facing south) you can see and hear the music! it all makes sense now! 

(i am just used to the downtown location and the new Uptown location will be quite different although going for the same aesthetic...)

cant wait to see inside! 

 

(edited 06/24/20 to add that last night i rode my bike by and saw that the place has somehow magically been filled with furniture and fixtures already...man this place really is going to be ready to go in the next 2 weeks! exciting stuff!)

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yet another update on uptown park ;)

The Rustic opens next Wednesday I believe as they are having a vip invite only soft opening this sunday - tuesday! The place is 99 percent ready to open and the back deck is built and looks amazing from the freeway/feeder road (they are doing some final things with that area as well, landscape etc)...and they were having employee training beginning all yesterday.

 

There were FINALLY workers buzzing around yesterday and this morning at the upcoming Hugo Ortega casual joint which is taking over the Cafe Express site so hopefully that kicks into high gear.

 

and omg, looks like Giant Leap Coffee will be ready open by 2023 at the pace they are going...for a building the size of my condo's bathroom it sure is taking a long time. 

 

and one last note: Common Bond is dying to come to Uptown Houston/Galleria area but they are set on finding a location where a drive thru is possible...the only thing i can even think of is that kooky abandoned bank at the edge of my most hated place in Uptown: Post Oak Corner haha! What is the deal with that bank anyway? and does anyone else have any ideas as to a good location with a drive thru for them as they are seriously open to ideas from what i gather

 

 

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On 7/2/2020 at 1:20 PM, LBC2HTX said:

Going to be hard to do a drive-thru in that area. Somewhere off Richmond/610 is probably their best bet. Something like:

https://www.naipartners.com/media-center/press-releases/nai-partners-arranges-retail-lease-for-clutch-city-espresso-at-4733-richmond-avenue/

Another option, which is more HV than Uptown, would be the space vacated by the short-lived Decadent Cafe and Dessert Bar.

4340 Westheimer Rd #150, Houston, TX 77027


Drive-thru would have to run parallel to Mid Lane, entering via parking garage

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Well i will say that man i LOVE The Rustic...have been a few times now and just seeing live music again has made my whole day week month year with all this mess going on. 

They are super clean and i felt safe and seriously, its good food, especially the brunch. The patio is really awesome but for now best only at night until the weather cools down...but yep, love pretty much everything about it and we seriously needed this in our area of Uptown Houston!

 

The future Hugo Ortega restaurant is in full on construction mode when i drove by this morning...and as usual Giant Leap is moving at a snails pace but hey there was a truck driving up this morning so maybe they are going to be installing a screw or nail into something then lunch! 

 

(in semi nearby related news, the old Willie G's on Post Oak will be opening anytime now as Salt Grass Steak House...the parking lot was completely resurfaced and new space stripes have been painted...final landscaping is being done at this very moment and will be done by days end. I think really all they need to do is put the signage up at this point!) 

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This weekend i got to speak with the owners of Giant Leap Coffee and they are excited to announce they are starting training today! 

I am guessing they will be open by the end of the month! 

stay tuned..................

edit to say that yesterday 08/23/20 spoke to them again and they are ready to open...just waiting on the last inspection and they are good to go! I bet they are open next week if not this weekend! The place looks really cool btw...they have a super small concrete pad for maaaaaybe a couple of tables...wish they had a larger space like Flower Child has and wonder if that is something that can be done by taking over the space in front by taking over 3 to 4 parking spaces? anyway, exciting news to have a coffee shop back at Uptown Park 

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I do believe that ste 8 is the former My Fit Foods so that means it is next to Crave Cupcakes and will make use of the little cool park with the stone animals...

I think the former Starbucks needs to be something like a Voodoo Doughnut or similar to keep the food theme and make the most use of that little park/seating area as i don't want it to go away...

 

 

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FYI...it turns out Van Leeuwen Ice Cream is taking over the ENTIRE plaza next to Crave...so that is the former spaces of My Fit Foods, the dress shop AND the former Starbucks!!! wowsa...well at least they will be keeping the little animal park as it will be a good fit for all the kids going to get ice cream (and cupcakes next door!)

They have completely demoed the inside of all 3 spaces and are beginning the buildout.

 

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