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Bayou Lofts Retail @ 907-911 Franklin

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CrockpotandGravel    4,335

Previously posted in the Downtown Restaurant and Bar Scene Rebirth thread but deserves its own thread. This way we can all keep up with updates on places that are in individual historical downtown buildings, how these places are keeping some of the history of the building, etc. in one place.

909 Franklin, ground floor of the Bayou Lofts building.

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[Photo Wolfgang Houston]

Previously home to Hong Kong Diner will be a Mexican street food place called La Calle.

 

 

On 12/14/2015 at 1:06 PM, adr said:

Per two approved Downtown Storefront Improvement Grants, 909 Franklin will open as La Calle, quick-serve Mexico City Street food.  Next door at 907 Franklin they will be opening Craft Beer Cellar, a national chain http://www.craftbeercellar.com/- These are both on the block between Main and Travis.

 

 

 

On 12/14/2015 at 3:01 PM, kylejack said:

907 was Kitchen Incubator. 909 was Hong Kong Diner.

 

 

On 12/15/2015 at 3:51 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:

I was wondering what that would be when I drove past. I had no idea what it was. According to La Calle's Facebook business page, it'll serve tacos and tortas.

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On 1/6/2016 at 10:20 AM, adr said:

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CrockpotandGravel    4,335

A recent blurb about the 909 Franklin space on CultureMap:

 

 

Not so fast: Beer bar closed for now but plans return to booming downtown scene

Change at The Brewery Tap is only one of the many developments currently taking place in the north end of downtown. Houston Watch Co co-owner Ryan Clark has been tracking both confirmed openings and rumors on the Houston Architecture Information forum. They include... a Mexican street food restaurant called La Calle.

 

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CrockpotandGravel    4,335

From Swamplot:

 

 

La Calle Prepares to Bring the Taco Cause Next Door to That Evicted Brewery Incubator’s Former Downtown Command Post

 

Some blue fists are clenching on the ground floor of the Bayou Lofts building, at the northeast corner of Travis and Franklin — La Calle Tacos y Tortas purports to be bringing Mexico City-style street fare to the space at 909 Franklin St. Owner Ramon Soriano Tomka anticipates a February opening, and is currently plugging chances to win free tacos for a year via various social media platforms.

 

The storefront is the former home of dim sum spot Hong Kong Diner, and sits between the former homes of Franklin Street Coffee and Brewery Incubator, the kitchen-kickstarter-turned-brewery-fermenter that was evicted in 2014 following complaints about a late-night game of naked twister.

 

A rendering posted to La Calle’s facebook page shows what the spot could look like after buildout is complete:

Across Franklin St. sits the Islamic Da’wah Center, which opened in 2002 after former Rockets center Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon purchased the former Houston National Bank building — constructed in 1928 by banker, oilman, newspaperman, and former Texas governor Ross Sterling. Catty-corner to the Lofts building is the 1884 Houston Cotton Exchange building, now home to wine and whiskey bar Public Services.

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adr    1,678

I talk with this guy on a regular basis.  They are making great progress in there. 

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CrockpotandGravel    4,335


Previously posted in the Downtown Restaurant and Bar Scene Rebirth thread
 

On 12/14/2015 at 1:06 PM, adr said:

Per two approved Downtown Storefront Improvement Grants, 909 Franklin will open as La Calle, quick-serve Mexico City Street food.  Next door at 907 Franklin they will be opening Craft Beer Cellar, a national chain http://www.craftbeercellar.com/- These are both on the block between Main and Travis.



 

On 3/12/2016 at 6:59 PM, Urbannizer said:



 

 

On 3/15/2016 at 0:02 PM, adr said:

Talked to a guy who has a lease on 911 Franklin Street, in between La Calle Tacos and the Houston Watch Co.  It is being built out as a bar.  It appears to be the same guy as Brewery Tap.  




 

On 4/28/2016 at 7:33 AM, adr said:

Time for an update.

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CrockpotandGravel    4,335

More on Bayou Lofts Retail from Randon Capital:
 

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The Bayou Lofts retail units are the on street level of the iconic 1911 Southern Union Pacific Railroad Building.  The units are leased to community serving food and beverage users in the heart of Downtown Houston's Historic District.


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From CRBE:
 

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  • New Tenants, 100% Leased - 9,090 square feet of street-level condominium retail space that is 100% leased to three new tenants in the burgeoning Market Square Historic District.
     
  • 3 Tenants with 5-10 year Leases - Tenancy includes Craft Beer Cellar, La Calle Tacos & Tortas, and The Brit.



An earlier rendering of Craft Beer Cellar
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Sitemap for Bayou Lofts retail:

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Map:

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adr    1,678

Removing the non-historic brick facade from 909 Franklin, set to be La Calle Tacos and Tortas.

 

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adr    1,678

La Calle is now (soft) open.  Ate there yesterday, and it's fantastic.  

 

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Craft Beer Cellar to open next week.

 

"An East Coast-based craft beer concept is opening its first Houston location in the historic Bayou Lofts building in downtown. Craft Beer Cellar will open its 5,200-square-foot Houston storefront at 907 Franklin around December 9 or December 10, Steve Radom with Houston-based Radom Capital LLC told the Houston Business Journal"

 

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/11/29/exclusive-new-to-houston-craft-beer-concept-to.html?ana=fbk

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I don't know if this is the right thread or not, but AIA is moving

http://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2016/11/30/houston-nonprofit-moves-hq-from-one-downtown.html?ana=RSS%26s%3Darticle_search&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bizj_houston+(Houston+Business+Journal)

 

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Architecture Center Houston, a nonprofit formed by two major architecture organizations, is relocating its Bayou City headquarters from one downtown building to another.

The center, which contains the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects, or AIA Houston, is doubling its Houston footprint by moving into roughly 8,100 square feet in the historic Bayou Lofts development

 

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Currently, Architecture Center Houston occupies just under 5,000 square feet in Phase II of Bayou Place, located at 315 Capitol St. The relocation should take place in March

 

 

Mention of the craft beer cellar

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Architecture Center Houston purchased its Bayou Lofts space from Houston-based Radom Capital earlier this year for an undisclosed amount. Radom Capital is working on several other developments in the area, including the opening of Craft Beer Cellar Houston in space adjacent to the new Architecture Center Houston location.

 

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CrockpotandGravel    4,335

The space next to La Calle at Bayou Lofts is under construction. British bar The Brit was slated to open next door, but La Calle rented the space instead. A wall was knocked down to make an indoor entrance to what will be Cantina La Calle at 909 Franklin St.


From Facebook

 

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And another construction photo of Cantina La Calle

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https://www.facebook.com/cantinalacalle/photos/a.732922860251072.1073741828.690175997859092/735447309998627/?type=3&theater

 

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flatline    42

Good for La Calle.  The tacos are excellent (chilangos FTW) and the owner has always been a pleasant, gregarious host/cashier on my lunch visits there.

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