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OK, to hell with Wally World coming to the hood.... Here's some exciting news.

Courtesy of MyTable:

"In the world of locally raised and produced food, today's big news is that chef Ryan Pera has left The Grove to join Morgan Weber of Revival Meats to open Revival Market in the old McCain's Market location at 550 Heights Blvd. The guys will source and sell locally raised meats, prepare charcuterie (including fresh and cured sausages, pate and confits) and make and sell their own condiments. Need a sandwich? Revival Market will feature a deli (breads by Slow Dough Bread Co.), and there will also be ready-to-eat foods for carry-out. Pera says the shop should be open by the end of the year. All we can say is, wish it were in our neighborhood."

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Excellent news. Not only will this be a great addition for people who like to stuff their faces (like me) but it will be nice to not see that sad, vacant store front on the Blvd anymore

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This is outstanding news. Glad to have it so close, and glad to see someone occupy that space.

RM does some really special pork, so I'm exciting to see what they'll do with it. Given the cure times on some charcuterie, I'm even more excited to see what they'll be selling 12-18 months after opening.

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Fantastic news. As a card-carrying swineophile, I've really been wanting to try out some of their pork for a while, but haven't yet managed to make it over to the Dairymaids' warehouse or the farmers' market when they've been at either place.

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Am I not getting this? Mcains - a high end grocer and deli that FAILED is being replaced by another high-end grocer and deli?????

James

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Revival has already established itself by supplying a number of well regarded restaurants and, to a lesser extent, to the public at the Eastside Farmer's Market. This seems to me to be a natural progression in expanding their business to the public. To Kylejack's point, i think they have a much better chance if they remain focused on the meats and having anything else be incidental to that.

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That address is residential. (I happen to drive by that stretch of 27th on my way to Home Depot.) Presumably that's Morgan's contact address for mail order inquiries.

Work at 6th and Heights appears to be underway.

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I don't think the location has changed. That address has been on there a long time and is probably the mailing address before they open.

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That address is residential. (I happen to drive by that stretch of 27th on my way to Home Depot.) Presumably that's Morgan's contact address for mail order inquiries.

Work at 6th and Heights appears to be underway.

It appears you're correct. The HBJ is also reporting the W 27 location, as well. I thought maybe they'd be replacing the tax guy with meat.

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I've had the pleasure of being to Morgans house and having them cook dinner for us, and yes thats residential. There's been a lot of activity on the McCains site, so they're busy prepping the storefront.

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Mrs. Porchman went today. She returned home very excited. She spoke with Morgan. In addition to local piggies, charcuterie, and cured items, they are going to feature:

-Heights honey

-Local duck

-Local heirloom turkeys (ask Morgan)

-Local lamb

-Texas olive oil

-Fresh bread

-Coffee

-Unusual varietals of dried beans

-Houston Dairymaid cheese (of which Mrs. Porchman brought some home :) ).

-Really rich milk (with a cream head)

-Fresh herbs (including chervil) and veggies

-Grain grinds (flour, porridges, grits)

-Their own jam

-Special butters

Regrettably, no edible ferns. :P

I look forward to going myself, and I wish Morgan and his wife very good luck with this venture.

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Do you ever find yourself in one of the following situations:

1) You are in NYC or some big city (or even Austin) and run across some locally run specialty grocer or whatnot and think: "I'd never want to live in this hellhole of a city, but, damn, it's great to have shops like this in your neighborhood that you can walk to."

2) You go to CM of WF here in Houston and think about how much you like shopping there, but also about how much of a pain in the butt it is to shop there.

Well, Revival solves both of these problems (i know, life is so hard). You won't find 200 kinds of cheeses or pasta or whatever, but based on my visit yesterday, you can stop by there and get everything you'd need to make dinner. Or to grab chips and salsa and a couple limes for a margarita. Porchman covers a lot of what's there, and there are still lots of empty racks that will be filled in the upcoming weeks. Also, I talked to Morgan for a while (very personable guy) and he is all about listening to feedback from customers on they kinds of things they should carry. Keep in mind that the idea isn't necessarily that everything here is organic or "natural", but that it is local. Not that he doesn't strive for those things, but he knows pretty much all of the producers of his products and they do tend to lack all those additives and preservatives and whatnot in their products. And here's the best part, the prices are generally cheaper than CM and WF. You might spend close to $10/lb for deli ham at one of those places. $6.99 here and he's curing it himself.

So, no, I'm not a paid spokesperson ... just a very excited customer. I admit that i am occasionally jealous of my brother in Austin because of the cool, local shops he has at his finger tips. This is exactly that sort of place that has been largely missing here in Houston.

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Do you ever find yourself in one of the following situations:

1) You are in NYC or some big city (or even Austin) and run across some locally run specialty grocer or whatnot and think: "I'd never want to live in this hellhole of a city, but, damn, it's great to have shops like this in your neighborhood that you can walk to."

Not really. I generally consider Houston to be the hellhole.

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I've been twice already. I really like what they're putting together here. Honestly its what McCains should have been but never was. Morgan and Stacey are family friends so I AM biased, but this place really fills a well needed niche in the area. My father-in-law spent thousands upon thousands of dollars getting his cattle ranch certified as 'organic' and it was a very costly and stressful event for him, and a process that I now feel is probably best suited for the big farms with deep pockets. So even though Morgans farm (and his farm suppliers at Revival) may not be organically 'certified', I have NO problems buying there because I'm confident that their methods are respectable and humane.

Morgan also mentioned he's planning on having butcher classes and organizing field trips down to the farm. I think that's a fantastic idea.

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Stopped in here on Saturday to stock up a picnic lunch for a "tour" at St. Arnolds. Wow.

This place is doing it right! Everything we purchased was great - the tuscan salami was to die for, the copa and the pancetta also spectacular. Fresh herbed goat cheese was lovely, blue cheese from Houston Dairymaids tasted just like a barnyard (in that awesome way that cheese can).

And the bread, oh my goodness, the bread! Slow Dough is a great company. Their rustic round loaf is the best I have been able to get in Houston. (Our household has been known to mail order bread from a deli in Michigan, just to get our rustic loaf fix on).

Our out of town friends, who live in Organic Slow Food Central in Vermont,and who are familiar with "actual Italian food in Italy" were highly impressed.

Oh yeah, the coffee was great, too.

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My experience saturday was almost identical, salami, bread, coffee all top notch. Unfortunately, it was so busy I really couldn't look at all they have to offer for all the people (that said I didn't have to wait for service at the deli or coffee bar). I wish they had a product list or something cause there is a lot of stuff that looks cool.

Stopped in here on Saturday to stock up a picnic lunch for a "tour" at St. Arnolds. Wow.

This place is doing it right! Everything we purchased was great - the tuscan salami was to die for, the copa and the pancetta also spectacular. Fresh herbed goat cheese was lovely, blue cheese from Houston Dairymaids tasted just like a barnyard (in that awesome way that cheese can).

And the bread, oh my goodness, the bread! Slow Dough is a great company. Their rustic round loaf is the best I have been able to get in Houston. (Our household has been known to mail order bread from a deli in Michigan, just to get our rustic loaf fix on).

Our out of town friends, who live in Organic Slow Food Central in Vermont,and who are familiar with "actual Italian food in Italy" were highly impressed.

Oh yeah, the coffee was great, too.

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I had much the same experience as the above two posters, my wife and I stopped in on Saturday and then returned Sunday to pick up a few more items. Grilled boneless pork chops Saturday night and they were the best I've had anywhere, the bacon is really unbelievably good and the Turkey deli sandwiches were excellent. We shop at another store in the area (not WF or CM) that carries most of the same produce, similar meats, cheeses, breads and dairy but it's quite a drive when compared to Revival so for most week to week items this is most definitely our new store. By the way Fox 26 did a special on Revival and they posted 3 videos online:

http://www.houstontexasfood.com/

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It's also worth noting that Frank, who designed the coffee bar and heads it up, is a former barista at Catalina. The cortado he made me over the weekend was just as good as the one I get at Catalina, so Revival is certainly a good alternate when Catalina is super busy on weekend mornings (they also sell sell the Araya coffee beans).

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I stopped by Revival Market last night for a BLT sandwich, and I was very impressed with the whole operation. The sandwich was unbelievably good, and they appeared to stock everything you would need (meat, vegetables, bread) to cook a nice dinner. The place was packed, but I only had to wait ~5 min for the sandwich.

As a few others have noted, it would appear that this place is what McCain's should have been (but wasn't).

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-Unusual varietals of dried beans

Anyone take note of what's going on in this department?

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Umm, I saw some dried beans? Couldn't really tell what they were, so I guess they were "unusual" ;) They weren't clearly identified, and since the place was mobbed I didn't get the chance to ask any of the staff what they were. They were shelved with the dried herbs and olive oil.

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Anyone take note of what's going on in this department?

Umm, I saw some dried beans? Couldn't really tell what they were, so I guess they were "unusual" ;) They weren't clearly identified, and since the place was mobbed I didn't get the chance to ask any of the staff what they were. They were shelved with the dried herbs and olive oil.

Mrs. Porchman says their heirloom.

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Glad everyone has liked it but after the novelty wears off, it will not have the traffic to survive long-term.

Because why? The coffee and the pastries alone will remain a big draw. I'm going to need that bacon at least once a month.

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Glad everyone has liked it but after the novelty wears off, it will not have the traffic to survive long-term.

Yes. People will soon come to their senses, and be satisfied with Heinz, French's and Oscar Meyer.

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Yes. People will soon come to their senses, and be satisfied with Heinz, French's and Oscar Meyer.

Yes, Revival and the brands listed are the only choices we poor Heights residents have. If only we had internet access or could leave the Heights, we might be able to shop the whole world for our desires. But alas, we are stuck with Heinz and French's and Oscar Meyer. Oh, the humanity!

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Yes, Revival and the brands listed are the only choices we poor Heights residents have. If only we had internet access or could leave the Heights, we might be able to shop the whole world for our desires. But alas, we are stuck with Heinz and French's and Oscar Meyer. Oh, the humanity!

Have you actually been to Revival Market? It's pretty awesome.

Also, I've asked you to articulate why you think it doesn't have long-term staying power, could you go ahead and do that?

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Have you actually been to Revival Market? It's pretty awesome.

Also, I've asked you to articulate why you think it doesn't have long-term staying power, could you go ahead and do that?

Of course I have been there. I will detail the reasons for my opinion after April 18th.

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CPA may not realize that even if the "novelty" wears off Revival still does very decent business with local restaurants. I personally think it will be just fine and should be a staple for years to come.

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Glad everyone has liked it but after the novelty wears off, it will not have the traffic to survive long-term.

Yeah it is too niche of a market, just like you said for Jus' Mac...

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Novelty may be the reason it thrives. You cannot get most of what they are selling anywhere else, except for the once a week farmer's markets. And the big opening has not been as much a reflection of novelty as it has been familiarity. Many in the growing Houston locavore movement (and foodies alike) are very familiar with what is inside Revival Market from seeing the same stuff at farmers markets for a few years. But, now, you do not have a four hour window each week to pick up goodies from Revival Market, Slow Dough, gunderman, etc. So, Revival Market is starting with more than just novelty customers. They already have a loyal base.

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Novelty may be the reason it thrives. You cannot get most of what they are selling anywhere else, except for the once a week farmer's markets. And the big opening has not been as much a reflection of novelty as it has been familiarity. Many in the growing Houston locavore movement (and foodies alike) are very familiar with what is inside Revival Market from seeing the same stuff at farmers markets for a few years. But, now, you do not have a four hour window each week to pick up goodies from Revival Market, Slow Dough, gunderman, etc. So, Revival Market is starting with more than just novelty customers. They already have a loyal base.

This saturday it was so busy I just got some bread and left. The prices aren't necessarily bad and rather than watch some food station or lookup a recipe on the internet you can spend five minutes getting quality ingrediants and expert advice. Area grocery stores have been competing mainly on the upper end for the past few years so I don't see any lack of demand and these guys actually have superior products.

I could see myself diverting 1/7 or so of my food spending there and I am seeing many others doing the same thing.

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I'm sure my bimonthly bacon purchase is insignificant in the scheme of things... but the fact that I have a plan to go by there at least twice a month just for thick cut awesome swine strips is a pretty good sign I'd think.

Anyone try the lamb? looked freaking amazing.

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Any chance they can add some outdoor seating at lunchtime? We went there a few days ago and it was so busy (a good thing IMO) that we took our food to go. If we had been able to sit we may have talked about dinner plans etc and decided to buy more before we left. Inside floor space looks full, but McCains used to have some seating out in front.

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2 weeks ago I asked about a bike rack, and one of the staff told me they were working out some permitting thing with the city to be able to put seating outside (along with a bike rack). So apparently that is on the way.

And as for this place not thriving? I'm pretty sure it will be a success. Yeah, I can order stuff like this online, but why pay the shipping and have to wait when I can just bike over to Revival and pick it up? Plus, if you don't own an industrial grade meat slicer, even mail order meats aren't going to work in sandwiches.

Heights CPA, have you ever seen a catalog from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor? It's a deli, with the cheese and the meat and the bread and some amazing sandwiches that they charge ridiculous amounts of money for, but it has remained immensely popular for over 50 years. Even without their mail order business that place would still be booming. You can't get food there on a weekend without at least a 45 minute wait. People love good food, and they'll stick with the local place if it gives them what they want.

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Yeah it is too niche of a market, just like you said for Jus' Mac...

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which is scouting a second location.

And to add to what others have said about Revival, both the owners had huge followings before the store front. I would say this was more a response to a demand from Morgan's existing customer base than any kind of novel idea.

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