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Once home to  Guadalajara Bakery, the 4003 Washington Avenue property, and the adjacent lot next to it at 4011 Washington Avenue (former car lot) is expected to open as a club named La Roux. Construction has been on going for a year or two.



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From the Another Bar on Washington thread in 2014:

On 4/20/2014 at 4:55 PM, InTheLoopFromNYC said:

Updated photos from what used to be the Guadalajara Bakery on Washington and Leverkuhn... Looks like they're doing a nice renovation job on the old building but not sure what to say about the new structure! If I remember correctly, the old building will be a restaurant/lounge and the new one is slated to be a club. The old variance request sign mentioned Laroux.

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From a 2013 blog posting on Swamplot:

 

 

 Bar Takes Old Guadalajara Spot on Washington
 

A reader has spotted some signs hanging on the fence outside 4003 Washington near Leverkuhn, where the Guadalajara Bakery used to be: The slick one in the photo above for La Roux, and another just a few feet away indicating that La Roux has applied to sell alcohol. County records show that the 1930 4,368-sq.-ft. building at 4003 Washington and 2 nearby vacant lots — the 5,100-sq.-ft. one at 4011 Washington, and the 28,045-sq.-ft. one at 4015 Washington — are all owned by Kalan Properties.

The block is just west of the retail center at 3939 Washington, where Pedestrian Pete and city planner Peter Park once stood to debate the impact of guy wires on walkability.

 

 

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More photos of construction from La Roux uploaded in January of 2014:

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Photos of construction uploaded in March of 2014 by La Roux:
 

 

Well, frame is up, now it's time for trim. La Roux will be fully up by next weekend. Get ready everyone!!
La Roux, Houston's most upscale venue, coming summer 2014!!!!!!

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From 2014 on Eater Houston:

 

Meet Commonwealth, TQLA's Replacement on Washington Ave

...A few blocks down on the corner of Washington Avenue and Leverkuhn is Kolodziej's other concepts: Black Orchid, a lounge on 4003 Washington Ave and La Roux, a nightclub next door at 4011 Washington Ave, first reported by Swamplot two years ago. Sanguinetti has also been hired as the corporate chef who will also over see the menu development at Black Orchid.

While Commonwealth will be more food heavy, Black Orchid will feature a craft cocktails and wine in a 55 seating setting. Andrew Grala, formerly of Reserve 101 was tapped to construct the cocktail program. The lounge will offer a sophisticated menu with high-end plating tapa-style offerings. Additionally, Sanguinetti will use the lounge as his culinary playground serving a chef-driven tasting menu during dinner hours. A patio will connect adjoining nightclub, La Roux. Black Orchid's anticipated soft opening is January.

Along with La Roux, both restaurants will open late serving dinner until 11 p.m. and bar menus until 2 a.m. daily.


 

Forthcoming Black Orchid on 4003 Washington Ave.

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Forthcoming Black Orchid and La Roux on 4003 Washington Ave.

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La Roux on 4011 Washington Ave.

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La Roux at 4011 Washington Ave is on track to open in Rice Military according to this tweet shared on Twitter today:

 

Although @CWealthHouston is gone, it appears sister concept La Roux (4011 Washington Ave) is still moving forward http://fb.com/larouxhouston2016 

They were referring to La Roux's Facebook account, freshly created this week. There's no mention of Black Orchid. La Roux may be opening in January or February.


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Back lit bars are pretty much doucherocket fly paper.  Just when you thought Washington Ave. was starting to grow up.

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This is going to be hell on the neighborhood behind it. Parking is already bad at night because of The House bar.  Hopefully it is a different crowd than The House, which has increased crime and noise levels substantially since it converted from The Drinkery last year.  I live a few blocks away and the whole area is looking into Residential Permit Parking only for many of the streets closest to Washington.

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This is going to be hell on the neighborhood behind it. Parking is already bad at night because of The House bar.  Hopefully it is a different crowd than The House, which has increased crime and noise levels substantially since it converted from The Drinkery last year.  I live a few blocks away and the whole area is looking into Residential Permit Parking only for many of the streets closest to Washington.

 

Agreed, I also live about a block away from The House and gave a try a couple of times.  Not exactly the best crowd...  A night club in that location doesn't exactly incite confidence that it will get better.

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This is going to be hell on the neighborhood behind it. Parking is already bad at night because of The House bar.  Hopefully it is a different crowd than The House, which has increased crime and noise levels substantially since it converted from The Drinkery last year.  I live a few blocks away and the whole area is looking into Residential Permit Parking only for many of the streets closest to Washington.

 

I agree. La Roux is suppose to be an ultra luxury lounge according to Facebook, so it's going for the VirSi and Cle crowd. It wouldn't shock me if this doesn't last long. The kind of crowd they want go to these type of places in River Oaks, Downtown and Midtown.

 

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From JMG magazine:

 

 

La Roux on Washington Opens Soon

“It’s not Vegas, it’s Houston.” La Roux is a new nightclub that will be opening soon, and is already defining itself as venue that won’t rely on “out of town” comparisons to draw in guests. Instead, the 10,000 sq. ft. venue is backed by a unique design, a familiar address and nightlife heavyweights to fill up the guest list.

Tucked away at 4011 Washington Avenue, La Roux was designed by Thomas Kolodziej (Commonwealth Restaurant). It’s a two-level venue with a spacious first level for mingling and dancing, a mezzanine-styled second level, posh VIP sections and a state-of-the-art lighting and sound system. And with the spring time right around the corner, La Roux will offer a spacious patio with its own service bar.

Behind the scenes at La Roux are familiar names in Houston’s hospitality industry. The management team at La Roux is led by Adam Guzman, formerly of Baker St. Pub & Grill and Local Pour. The other partners include Albert Rowan (Commonwealth Restaurant) and George Salas (Xtreme Nitelife). It’s a team that’s merging together years of food and beverage, and nightlife expertise to give La Roux the premier launch you’d expect.

“La Roux is not like Vegas, New York, LA or Miami,” said Kolodziej. “it is a concept of its own, born and raised here in Houston.”

La Roux will be opening soon, and you can stay connected by visiting Facebook.com/LarouxHouston2016.

 

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The owner(s) must have really deep pockets or be strapped for cash -- this project has been dragging going on at least a third year now. Skyscrapers have risen faster! The many times I've been by the site, I note small work crews or no activity at all. The brick facade on the original building was repaired and cleaned over a year ago and now has some graffiti and a crumbling section by the front door. Glass was installed, some has since broken and was boarded up. Strange project and with the lack of progress it continues to be an eyesore! I suppose the prospect of the thing finally being completed is better than the original dilapidated state of the former Guadalajara Bakery after it closed. Fingers crossed!

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The owner(s) must have really deep pockets or be strapped for cash -- this project has been dragging going on at least a third year now. Skyscrapers have risen faster! The many times I've been by the site, I note small work crews or no activity at all. The brick facade on the original building was repaired and cleaned over a year ago and now has some graffiti and a crumbling section by the front door. Glass was installed, some has since broken and was boarded up. Strange project and with the lack of progress it continues to be an eyesore! I suppose the prospect of the thing finally being completed is better than the original dilapidated state of the former Guadalajara Bakery after it closed. Fingers crossed!

 

The owners are club owners and club promoters. I'm not a fan of the addition built to the brick building. It's tacky and ugly.

It's opening in less than two weeks, says a recent update on Facebook (no update on Black Orchid Boutique Gastro Lounge at 4003 Washington Avenue)

 

We're excited to be finally open on Wednesday, Feb 17th!
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I'll believe the Feb 17th date when I see it! Actually the site says a soft opening, so that will excuse the sorry state of this site for even longer. They've been preparing to pour concrete for what seems like weeks now! I guess the ugly addition will be La Roux and the refurbished older building will be Black Orchid Boutique Gastro Lounge (a tad pretentious!?!)... It would be a nice gesture to the neighborhood if they cleaned up their lot -- the decrepit, and likely unoccupied, RV on the southwest corner, not to mention everything else that has been dumped there, has been an eyesore forever. Doesn't bode well for what their attitude will be once the likely "DB" club opens! Sense cynicism? 

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Yes, Black Orchid is in the brick building Guadalajara Bakery occupied. The add-on is an eyesore and the club won't last. It would have been nice if a complimentary building was erected instead of this tacky mess. I saw pictures of the renovations inside the brick building portion, Black Orchid, and it's not bad in my opinion.

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They sure did...with an alleged lingerie competition to boot! I was lulled by the muffled thumpa-thumpa of Benny Benassi a few blocks away. For years I've gone to bed in absolute silence. It was somewhat strange hearing faint city noises late at night. For the last 2 days, they've put more effort into the club portion than they have in the last 2.5 years of construction. I like how they set what looks to be huge Magnolia trees on the ground hours before the doors opened but didn't cover the roots with topsoil. It's quite comical watching this go up. It could have been completed in 2013 if they would have been investing that kind of time all along.

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Yep skooljunkie, agreed, a complete amateur act. No worries, it will be out of business before no time, hopefully repurposed into something better. On the club front, the new Concrete Cowboy further west on Washington actually looks pretty impressive -- spent some serious cash on this place and it shows! That team will also be building out Clutch Bar across the street. 

 

They sure did...with an alleged lingerie competition to boot! I was lulled by the muffled thumpa-thumpa of Benny Benassi a few blocks away. For years I've gone to bed in absolute silence. It was somewhat strange hearing faint city noises late at night. For the last 2 days, they've put more effort into the club portion than they have in the last 2.5 years of construction. I like how they set what looks to be huge Magnolia trees on the ground hours before the doors opened but didn't cover the roots with topsoil. It's quite comical watching this go up. It could have been completed in 2013 if they would have been investing that kind of time all along.

 

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Looks like Laroux and the planned "gastro-lounge" at 4011 Washington, have officially bitten the dust. Good riddance -- this was a complete amateur act over the years they took not bringing the redevelopment to fruition! Look at the high-quality results with such projects as Urban Eats, B&B Butchers, Platypus et al, or the Clutch Bar and Concrete Cowboy to see how it should be done! The Laroux guys were either underfunded, inexperienced and/or didn't give a damn/in it for a quick buck with their lingerie shows! Hopefully, a group that knows what they're doing will come along and resuscitate this eyesore and the parking lot they were using as a junkyard!

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And so the saga continues all these years later... Looks like Laroux and the planned "gastro-lounge" at 4011 Washington, have officially bitten the dust! Good riddance -- this was a complete amateur act over the years they took not bringing the redevelopment to fruition! Look at the high-quality results with such projects as Urban Eats, B&B Butchers, Platypus et al, or the Clutch Bar and Concrete Cowboy to see how it should be done! The Laroux guys were either underfunded, inexperienced and/or didn't give a damn/in it for a quick buck with their lingerie shows! Hopefully, a group that knows what they're doing will come along and resuscitate this eyesore and the parking lot they were using as a junkyard!

 

As a reminder, here's the original HAIF post on this subject dating to 9/2013!

http://swamplot.com/bar-takes-old-guadalajara-spot-on-washington/2013-09-17/

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On 9/22/2017 at 1:54 PM, InTheLoopFromNYC said:

And so the saga continues all these years later... Looks like Laroux and the planned "gastro-lounge" at 4011 Washington, have officially bitten the dust! Good riddance -- this was a complete amateur act over the years they took not bringing the redevelopment to fruition! Look at the high-quality results with such projects as Urban Eats, B&B Butchers, Platypus et al, or the Clutch Bar and Concrete Cowboy to see how it should be done! The Laroux guys were either underfunded, inexperienced and/or didn't give a damn/in it for a quick buck with their lingerie shows! Hopefully, a group that knows what they're doing will come along and resuscitate this eyesore and the parking lot they were using as a junkyard!

 

As a reminder, here's the original HAIF post on this subject dating to 9/2013!

http://swamplot.com/bar-takes-old-guadalajara-spot-on-washington/2013-09-17/


The former Guadalajara Bakery at 4003 Washington Ave, that was under construction for the longest to become Black Orchid (never opened), will become office spaces. The listing implies more renovations are coming. Maybe they'll tear down what was La Roux next door at 4011 Washington Ave. The building the owner erected as La Roux is hideous.

Here's a new listing from Loopnet:
http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/4003-Washington-Ave-Houston-TX/9722771/


Original 1930 brick structure set to undergo a major renovation as part of a re-development of the 39,040 SF multi-tenant site.

 

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Demo permit issued for 4011 Washington per swamplot. Hope its a full tear down of that monstrosity save the old brick building. 

 

Would love to see that whole lot developed along the street frontage  with similar-styled buildings to the brick with parking in the rear. Houston's obsession with street front parking and complete disdain for aesthetics is mind boggling.  

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:rolleyes: hooray!! Tear it down!!!! (But recycle/reuse the materials) To prevent more accidents here, Id like to see a corner of the old building removed. It’s really unsafe. 

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59 minutes ago, skooljunkie said:

:rolleyes: hooray!! Tear it down!!!! (But recycle/reuse the materials) To prevent more accidents here, Id like to see a corner of the old building removed. It’s really unsafe. 

 

What? No! Keep the street frontage. If it were on the NW or SE corner, you could maybe make an argument for a visibility triangle, but nobody's turning from the sidestreet lane right next to the building.

 

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I’ll disagree. I turn at that corner daily. If this isn’t a visibility concern, what is? The building corner abuts the narrow sidewalk  that abuts the curb. Leverkuhn is extremely narrow here so you have to inch forward basically into Washington just to see cars heading east at 30-45 mph. I’ve witnessed quite a few accidents here. 

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It's not a great intersection for cars, but it has a lot of potential for people not in cars. I used to bike through this neighborhood regularly and used Leverkuhn. Also, if Washington is ever going to be genuinely pedestrian-friendly, this is the type of intersection that will help with that.

 

Honestly I think Washington should be reconfigured as a 3-lane road with parallel parking and curb bump-outs at intersections though. That would address any safety/visibility concerns and make the street more pleasant. 

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On 12/14/2017 at 5:07 PM, Angostura said:

 

What? No! Keep the street frontage. If it were on the NW or SE corner, you could maybe make an argument for a visibility triangle, but nobody's turning from the sidestreet lane right next to the building.

 

 

A replacement building can still have street frontage. The building is clearly very old but that means it's even more expensive to rehab. On the side street, you can see a window air conditioning unit, the zero setback means no space for any outdoor seating and no outward doors, and there's probably more work to bring it up to code. Interestingly, it looks like someone DID try to put money into it, as since Guadalajara Bakery and Tacos left, the facade was partially restored, and the windows upstairs were replaced (as of the 2015 Google Street View, you can still see the "PlyGem" stickers on the windows, they're probably still there).

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Good riddance.

I think what could be replacing 4003 Washington and/or 4011 Washington is a co-working space, AgileTurf. There is no address onthe website but their search engine summary has this opening on Washington Ave. The Loopnet listing did list this as office space, so maybe?

 

http://agileturf.com/
 

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I'm about to punch a hold through my wall. What in the hell is that??? So you save a beautiful historic building and put it next to a parking lot strip center... I'm done...

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New quest - what a disappointment. Whoever runs the show over there needs to either focus on the suburbs or clean house on their urban team.

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Well that is insanely disappointing. Washington needs a business district committee or guiding org. 

 

Here is to hoping they dont lease up and just give up. I'd rather it stay an empty lot with hope for the future. 

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This goes back to me asking why in the hell is our city approving this??? Why are they allowing a development like that when all they've been TALKING about is walkable neighborhoods???

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8 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

This goes back to me asking why in the hell is our city approving this??? Why are they allowing a development like that when all they've been TALKING about is walkable neighborhoods???

 

Approve it? They practically require it.

 

People are far more likely to call their council member to complain about people parking on their street than about shit architecture and site layout.

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Wont let me submit my comments....here they were in case anyone wants to help...

 

I have an issue with a proposal you have for your Washington ave project. There has been much news of good development around the city. As Washington ave is becoming a high mixed use and walk-able environment, your proposal - if completed - would be detrimental to the overall corridor. 

 

https://www.newquest.com/pdfs/WashingtonCentral.pdf

 

What is expected here, as many other developments in the area have done, is a storefront along the ROW. Please see the Shepard / Durham & Washington Ave area. All *NEW* developments front the sidewalk with parking in the rear. They usually hold parking in the back. Please reference super-neighborhood 22 for reference in any concerns here. They will affirm and help with approvals needed for a walk able development.

 

Last, but not least, these street fronting developments absolutely pull a higher rent per sq foot, especially in urban areas with urban consumers. I highly recommend you all re-evaluate this proposal for the best interest of your company, and your community.

 

8 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

https://www.newquest.com/contact/ I voiced my opinion

 

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8 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

https://www.newquest.com/contact/ I voiced my opinion

I emailed the listing contact from the flier my thoughts. Not nearly as well put as Avossos though. 

 

I did, however, cite 1818 Washington as the type of development that needs to be happening in the corridor.

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On 1/21/2018 at 10:39 PM, skooljunkie said:



More on the Washington Central development in Houston at 4003 Washington Avenue and 4015 Washington Avenue from NewQuest:

Site Specifics:

Approx. 1  acre development on Washington Ave. with two unique availabilities.

 

4003 Washington Avenue is an historic 1930’s two-story brick building occupying approx. 4,200 SF.

 

This building will be remodeled and modernized including: 

 

• a ‘white-wash exterior’ applied to the current red brick 

• larger windows for extra visibility and light throughout 

• an outdoor common seating area leading up to  building’s main entrance 

• bike racks for customers convenience.

 

Can lease up to   two (2) tenants, a tenant per floor (2,100 SF)

 

4015 Washington Avenue will be a new 9,040 SF retail building. This building will benefit from high end elevations and features along with accessible and extra parking. Great Washington Avenue visibility and presence. Can subdivide.  Centrally Located: This center is centrally and conveniently located right on Washington Avenue, Washington Central is in the heart of an urban lifestyle and community where walkability and convenience are of utmost importance. Five minutes from Downtown and two miles from River Oaks, this is a major retail, restaurant, medical, fitness region and more for those urban residents that seek both an outdoor and city life. Furthermore, a new HEB grocery store and 232 new urban apartment complex will open all within walking distance from this site!

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A waste of an opportunity. A brick parking garage behind the building would have been the way to go. The proposed parking in the front of the demolished La Roux space is an eyesore. Is there a requirement for street-facing surface parking for this lot?

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51 minutes ago, skooljunkie said:

Small miracles...looks like parking is in the back now. Go check out the link now. 

 

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4 hours ago, kennyc05 said:

I wonder what made them change the parking for the better?

I'd like to think it was my rather blunt email when they announced the building, but I too would be interested to learn what actually incentivized them to change.

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