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On the block across Prairie from Cabo,  I noticed today that the doors were open on one of the old buildings with workers coming and going and that there are permits on the windows for plumbing and interior work.

 

Looks like it used to be a Tapas restaurant, Solero maybe? 

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They've been working on that for a while, but I don't know what for. I've seen people up on the balcony sipping wine, but it seemed like a small private gathering.

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They've been working on that for a while, but I don't know what for. I've seen people up on the balcony sipping wine, but it seemed like a small private gathering.

 

The inside street level looked gutted and fairly ratty. It smelled like old building too. Not the kind of place I'd expect to host a party, but that all could have been a result of the construction work. 

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They've been working on that for a while, but I don't know what for. I've seen people up on the balcony sipping wine, but it seemed like a small private gathering.

That balcony is next door to the building in question. I think it's a law firm.

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Like where the falafel and HPD store front is?

 

Correct. It's two buildings over from the falafel place. 

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Something is afoot inside, work being done.  This was formerly the Solero Tapas Bar.  MC Management and Development listing is here, including considerable historical detail on the building.

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Nothing was visible from the outside due to the double sets of doors, but it appears that construction lights are strung from the ceiling and "MCC Company" has reserved the parking spots out in front until the end of February.  

 

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Nothing was visible from the outside due to the double sets of doors, but it appears that construction lights are strung from the ceiling and "MCC Company" has reserved the parking spots out in front until the end of February.  

 

 

 

The doors were open when I walked by yesterday. I saw some workers milling around and a scissor lift. It did not look like they had done much yet.

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I forgot this was Solero Tapas Bar. Does anyone remember what else was here? Thanks adr for the update and for the history of this building (by the way, here's an archived link to the current page in case it's removed or updated down the line). I find older buildings like this more fascinating because of their history and the architecture. I love seeing how these building can be renovated but keep parts of the building that adds character to it. 

From the website adr provided:

 

 

The Swank Lounge was on the second floor above Solero for a number of years. 

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Speaking to a manager at El Big Bad, he informed me that this is being renovated into a night club.

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I believe it was also a coffee shop way back in the day named Kaveh Kanes ran by Ben, owner of Petrol Station and Brash Brewery

 Kaveh Kanes was one space to the left.

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From Frank's Pizza on Twitter last week:

Yes, it's finally coming. We will have a #FranksBackyard and #FranksDelivery hopefully by the end of this year!

 

This thread is for a different building.  Hard to keep em all straight. Perhaps the subjects of these topics could be changed to what is going up in them?

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They are refurbing the façade. The cornice work at the top looks to be barely hanging on. The Transwestern "For Lease" sign is still up in the window. The door was open when I walked by, and they have removed the floor down to the dirt underneath.

 

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1 hour ago, kbates2 said:

No that photo is just a rendering.  

I take it you're being sarcastic.... It looks quite realistic to me.

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33 minutes ago, Triton said:

I take it you're being sarcastic.... It looks quite realistic to me.

 

It could be a real photo, does't mean that is a photo of the space we are talking about...

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54 minutes ago, Avossos said:

 

It could be a real photo, does't mean that is a photo of the space we are talking about...

That's my guess. I imagine it's just a stock photo... wonder if anyone here has been by to see the progress. I'm really interested in this place.

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Sorry - that is what I meant - an idea of what the space may look like.  

 

I walked by about 2 weeks ago and the space hadn't had any work done since they gutted it about a year back.

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On 11/26/2018 at 11:43 AM, Triton said:

Open. Going to try it out tonight.

 

Highly recommend.

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Place closed down. The construction from the Texas Tower placed barriers in front of the parking at this spot. Apparently, they'll be moving to Lancaster Hotel over the next few weeks.

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7 hours ago, Triton said:

Place closed down. The construction from the Texas Tower placed barriers in front of the parking at this spot. Apparently, they'll be moving to Lancaster Hotel over the next few weeks.

 

I talked to the guy when I stopped in once, super friendly, hopefully the Lancaster deal works out for him. With construction on both sides of Prairie a block up and it not being really on a well travelled path, I'm not surprised it didn't make it. It had been vacant for years, and you could be forgiven if you didn't notice that it was occupied. It took months for the guy's sign to get approved because of some historic designation too. 

 

Once the two Hines towers are done, it could be a good spot, but I wouldn't expect anything in the meantime. 

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I'm not a big coffee drinker but how often do people go into a hotel they're not staying to get coffee?  Also looking on the Lancaster Facebook page looks like they just re-branded their in house coffee bar last year to Speedy Boy Coffee.

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Honestly this place never looked that appealing. A good coffee shop is *very* difficult to get just right, and this just lacked personality. 

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12 minutes ago, Texasota said:

Honestly this place never looked that appealing. A good coffee shop is *very* difficult to get just right, and this just lacked personality. 

 

I think if this was in town some years before the boom then it would have done alright. The competition for coffee houses is pretty fierce now. They are everywhere and they bringing unique aesthetics that aren't centered around "pretend you are in italy or Europe". The coffee scene is very vibrant now. We've come a long way when most peoples first thoughts about coffee here in town was Starbucks.

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Cafe Firenze was good but did have some issues.  They had very limited food and basically no breakfast.  They had a nice place that did lack any real personality (it didn’t feel built for business and working, studying, or relaxing).  Finally they didn’t have a bunch of visibility.  All of that said, they did have good coffee and were super nice, I’m still sad to see it go.  The best coffee in downtown right now is down the road at the shoe store The Tipping Point.  Try it out.

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On 8/27/2019 at 11:50 PM, Triton said:

Place closed down. The construction from the Texas Tower placed barriers in front of the parking at this spot. Apparently, they'll be moving to Lancaster Hotel over the next few weeks.

Owner and staff are really nice.  Glad to see they are finding a new home.

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