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4 hours ago, EastEndHeritage said:

It is my understanding more Mexican restaurants are not allowed in that part of Navigation, but even then a variation of Mexican casual can be nice in that area. Something cheaper and faster such as Tostada Regia or Arandas (or I dare to say Chipotle) would be nice for a quick pickup order. Ninfa's is too expensive for the "I don't feel like cooking today" type of order and our household is morally opposed to spend our hard earned money at El Tiempo on Navigation. Villa Arcos has been closed for months now and the hours are super limited even before Covid. Dona Maria has the same issue, weird hours and too small to sit comfortably.

 

What about Merida? Haven't been there in some time, but most of the folks I know that live in the area used to be more likely to go to Merida than Ninfa's when they were in the mood for Mexican/Tex-Mex. 

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2 retail structures totaling a little over 21,000 sq feet    http://ucr.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Navigation-Place-property-flyer.pdf  

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10 minutes ago, mkultra25 said:

 

What about Merida? Haven't been there in some time, but most of the folks I know that live in the area used to be more likely to go to Merida than Ninfa's when they were in the mood for Mexican/Tex-Mex. 

 

Merida is the Navigation champ. Hands down, not even close. Though, more Mex than Tex-Mex. 

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18 minutes ago, mkultra25 said:

 

What about Merida? Haven't been there in some time, but most of the folks I know that live in the area used to be more likely to go to Merida than Ninfa's when they were in the mood for Mexican/Tex-Mex. 

I concur with your opinion. Too bad the Mrs. disagrees. She got a bad plate of chilaquiles and has not let it go since then. I might have to start sneaking out more often to have some Merida's once Covid is over.

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I'm just curious as to what exactly Cajun Coast is. 

 

Is it a new concept from another restaurant/ chef? 

 

Is it an alias for a company who doesn't want people to know that they are coming to this location quite yet?

 

One thing is for certain. I cannot find another Cajun Coast restaurant anywhere. 

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The bank side of the building continues to move along and it looks ready to open soon. ATM is installed, drive-thru seems completed, and signage is done.

 

Also, landscaping is done around the entire complex. Work is still being done inside the restaurant but appears to be months away from opening. 

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49 minutes ago, EastEndHeritage said:

Work is still being done inside the restaurant but appears to be months away from opening.

 

 

I was walking the dog by the building earlier and noticed they took out the front facing windows on the restaurant side.Thought that was pretty odd.

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5 minutes ago, JBTX said:

 

I was walking the dog by the building earlier and noticed they took out the front facing windows on the restaurant side.Thought that was pretty odd.

I might be wrong, but I think they are some kind of nice looking shutter windows. They are usually rolled up during the day and come down at night.

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24 minutes ago, Naviguessor said:

Yes, they’re garage-door type windows. It looks to me as though there will be a bar there with indoor and outdoor counter seating. Nice!  

 

That's some good COVID adaptability.

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Hello My Fellow East End Community: 

 

We're in final negotiations on potentially bringing "Freshness in bowl" to this shopping plaza. The place will provide top notch customer service along with fresh and healthy food options for our little community. There will be something for the entire family, with the ability to create your own custom bowl/ burrito by selecting from tons of yummy options (Raw and cooked) or choose from one of our signature bowls, appetizers or desserts. Just wait until you try one of our 8 homemade signatures sauces/drizzle for a added flavor explosion! I guarantee you'll be addicted!!

 

Questions? From the pictures provided and little description; would this little eatery be well received in our area? Could you see yourself giving us a try?

 

Once finalized; we will provide links to our website, Instagram for you to follow for updates and information related to our grand opening. Thank you for your time and feedback.  

 

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Not the biggest Poke fan, but the area desperately needs more variety of food. For that reason alone, I would go.

 

I can't vouch for everyone in my subdivision, but the 14 of us here are always looking for more variety. I'd guess they would all be going too. At least once 😃

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Great! Thank you all for your feedback. 

 

My team and I are definitely experienced in the industry and finally getting courage to bring a location to our community despite Covid-19 challenges. As a native Houstonian and East End resident , I'm hoping our concept will be well received and truly wanted in our area. 

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4 hours ago, ljchou said:

New business permit for the cajun restaurant as "Acadian Coast".


I wonder if it’s related to the Acadian Bakery on W. Alabama? They’re known for their Mardi Gras king cake, so I assume that a Cajun restaurant would be a logical extension.

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On 7/1/2020 at 8:58 AM, EastEndHeritage said:

 

Well, it is going to be more than just average strip center. It is at least anchored by a bank, which over time should bring people to the strip on the daily basis.

 

It is just a matter of preference. I am not a big fan of Cajun food and I believe it is the same for a lot of the legacy neighbors in Second Ward. See what happened to Cajun Town Café. Maybe Cajun can do better in Third or Fifth Ward. A real Texas BBQ restaurant would be nice (Porky's was not real Texas BBQ). An Asian restaurant would also be nice. Italian?

 

It is my understanding more Mexican restaurants are not allowed in that part of Navigation, but even then a variation of Mexican casual can be nice in that area. Something cheaper and faster such as Tostada Regia or Arandas (or I dare to say Chipotle) would be nice for a quick pickup order. Ninfa's is too expensive for the "I don't feel like cooking today" type of order and our household is morally opposed to spend our hard earned money at El Tiempo on Navigation. Villa Arcos has been closed for months now and the hours are super limited even before Covid. Dona Maria has the same issue, weird hours and too small to sit comfortably.

 

Anyways, I hope at least this new place has decent happy hour specials. We shall see.

 

Why would more Mexican restaurants not be allowed? Is there a secret ordinance that controls how many of what type establishments are allowed in an area? Is there an organized crime syndicate forcing newcomers out?

 

23 minutes ago, Texasota said:

I mean maybe, but "Acadian" just refers to French settlers in North America (Canada initially) - "Cajun" probably derives from "Acadian."

Cajun is a contraction of Acadian.

 

Acadia was a colony of New France... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acadia

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On 7/24/2020 at 4:09 PM, thedistrict84 said:


I wonder if it’s related to the Acadian Bakery on W. Alabama? They’re known for their Mardi Gras king cake, so I assume that a Cajun restaurant would be a logical extension.

 

https://houston.eater.com/2020/7/29/21346717/acadian-bakery-houston-montrose-closed-after-40-years

 

Probably not. Or may super yes (close bakery on W. Alabama, open new shop)!

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3 hours ago, JBTX said:

 

https://houston.eater.com/2020/7/29/21346717/acadian-bakery-houston-montrose-closed-after-40-years

 

Probably not. Or may super yes (close bakery on W. Alabama, open new shop)!

I live just around the corner from them and they have had a lot construction workers and a roll-off construction trash bin for the last several of days.

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53 minutes ago, JBTX said:

Corky's and Acadian Coast may have common ownership. If so, good call on at least rebranding to something more regional.

 

https://houston.eater.com/2020/8/12/21363650/corkys-bbq-opening-houston-navigation-memphis-style-barbecue-acadian-coast

 

Honestly this kills my interest in this project. Hopefully it's good but I looked up Squealing Pig and the outlook isn't great. 

 

https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2018/feb/14/corkys-bbq-expanding-headed-to-houston-and-dallas//print

 

One of the owners of this group also runs several Panera Bread and Applebee's franchises. This isn't what I wanted from this location but hopefully they do well. The other owner of the group doesn't seem to have any other information available. I'm cautiously pessimistic on this one. 

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I appreciate that they acknowledged the underwhelming performance of Corky's in Houston and pivoted. I think this is only a step up from what we could've had and I can't help but look forward to pairing some of this “hybrid of traditional gumbo and chicken and dumplings” with a full bar. Let's hope their rebranding is to our benefit.

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Fried Chicken and Beignet sounds interesting. I'm curious about their brunch menu. While we have an abundance of pick up/quick dine in breakfast options, it would be nice to have more brunch focused menus in the area. 

 

I'll for sure check it out even though majority of the menu already makes my skin crawl. Oysters and Elk, washed down with a super sugary alcoholic beverage please 🤢

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20 hours ago, I'm Not a Robot said:

 

Honestly this kills my interest in this project. Hopefully it's good but I looked up Squealing Pig and the outlook isn't great. 

 

https://www.memphisdailynews.com/news/2018/feb/14/corkys-bbq-expanding-headed-to-houston-and-dallas//print

 

One of the owners of this group also runs several Panera Bread and Applebee's franchises. This isn't what I wanted from this location but hopefully they do well. The other owner of the group doesn't seem to have any other information available. I'm cautiously pessimistic on this one. 

 

The new information including Avila being involved make me much more excited for this. The original story made it seem like the franchisees were just going to pivot and open a new restaurant concept.  This is what I wanted in the area. I jumped to conclusion but the original article was barren. 

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Interesting that Avila will be involved. I wonder if he will put Pizza Pazza (on the Navigation Esplanade) on hold. If i recall the original permits I saw on the container building were in his/El Burro's name.

 

16 minutes ago, ljchou said:

...but where is this "expansive patio" with room for a stage...?

 

In the back, maybe? Come to think of it, I've never walked the back half.

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Just now, linearmovement said:

Beat me to the punch by a few microseconds. 😄 I am definitely more excited about this than the other restaurant. The only victim is going to be my bank account.

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2 minutes ago, EastEndHeritage said:

Beat me to the punch by a few microseconds. 😄 I am definitely more excited about this than the other restaurant. The only victim is going to be my bank account.

 

Don't forget the waistline :).

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12 minutes ago, Montrose1100 said:

This is great. Shame there's no Pho on the menu, but very excited to have them in our neighborhood. 

Yeah, a little disappointed they do not have Pho on the menu. Aside from wishing it was a new location for Pho Saigon, this is a great second option.

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