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Previously posted in the Downtown Restaurant and Bar Scene Rebirth thread but deserves its own thread so we can all keep up with updates in one place.


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213 Milam was most recently nightclubs Paesanos Lounge and Shadow Bar that closed a few years ago. Now its getting a new lease on life as a restaurant, La Fisheria.
 

 

On 5/30/2015 at 2:27 PM, RealEstate said:

La Fisheria's relocation will be to the vacant restaurant space next door to Barnaby's (immediately to the West). Market Square is quickly becoming one of the most exciting nighttime destinations in The H.

 

La Fisheria expands into Downtown Houston
Posted on May 1, 2015

March 1st, 2015

La Fisheria and their Mexican celebrity chef, Aquiles Chavez, will be opening their newest outpost of their vastly popular Mexican Seafood Restaurant in the Downtown Historic district at 213 Milam – in front of Market Square park.  They will join an already great lineup of restaurants in Barnaby’s and Fusion Taco.  Expect to be ready for dining and dancing, at their new 5K+ SF location.  This will be their 5th location, with their original location in the Heights,  The Woodlands, Playa Del Carmen, MX and Villahermosa, MX.   Simon Ha of Centric Commercial REA facilitated the transaction on behalf of the Landlord – SRC Capital.
http://centriccommercial.com/la-fisheria-expands-into-downtown-houston/

 

 

 

On 5/30/2015 at 2:58 PM, monarch said:

^^^ fabulous!

 

 

On 5/31/2015 at 9:23 AM, Houston19514 said:

Is Fusion Taco gone?  I had been guessing La Fisheria would be moving into Green Street (like where the book store used to be.)

 

 

 

On 5/31/2015 at 11:04 AM, kylejack said:

Next door? Next door to Barnaby would be east.

 

 

On 5/31/2015 at 12:41 PM, RealEstate said:

It's to the west facing Milam...

 

 

On 5/31/2015 at 1:49 PM, kbates2 said:

So next door to the north. I have never been to La Fisheria, but we always need more restaurants open past lunch over here.

 

 

On 5/31/2015 at 4:32 PM, kylejack said:

I'm thoroughly confused. Is it 213 Milam or 300 Milam?

 

 

 

On 5/31/2015 at 7:29 PM, RealEstate said:

213 Milam per the broker's flyer. Entrance is to the west and north of Barnaby's.

 

 

On 5/31/2015 at 10:26 PM, quietstorm said:

Here is the location
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On 6/4/2015 at 8:39 AM, kylejack said:

No, it's to the northeast of Barnaby's. Hence my confusion.

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On 7/11/2015 at 1:33 PM, mollusk said:

Part of the confusion may arise from overlooking our collective municipal fiction that has Main Street running north and south through downtown, with its cross streets like Texas and Congress running east and west.  Think of it as one of Gale Borden's gifts to posterity.

 

 

 

On 8/31/2015 at 11:01 AM, adr said:

Murillo said he's excited to open downtown's La Fisheria at 213 Milam. The project is a big jump for the 65-seat restaurant. The new space, with 200 seats, is twice the size of the Inker store. Riveroll said she is unsure if she will keep the original Inker restaurant open once La Fisheria downtown opens.
 

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When La Fisheria downtown opens it will offer live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday when it will keep later bar hours. The kitchen will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

They are saying November opening.  

http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/La-Fisheria-readies-a-new-menu-before-its-move-6471751.php

 

 

 

On 9/1/2015 at 11:01 AM, adr said:

It's limited to just the immediate surroundings of Market Square Park (and even then I should have zoomed out some, but here is a map of what's currently going on, in terms of new hospitality projects.

 

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La Fisheria: I cannot spell, but this place should be great.

 

 

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Previously posted in the Downtown Restaurant and Bar Scene Rebirth thread

 

 

 

 

La Fisheria, that's good news for downtown.  My 1st experience at Jackson St. BBQ was disappointing, but I do plan to try it again:  went on a quiet Sunday, BBQ was somewhere between room-temperature and cold, as if partially reheated from the day before.  My impression was that it would be rather good, if at the right temp.  The staff was great, very friendly and helpful.  

 

 

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From Houston Chronicle on August 7, 2015:

 

 

La Fisheria is ready to swim in downtown’s busy culinary waters. The clever Mexican seafood restaurant that opened in Houston in 2012 is expanding its brand with the opening of a new, larger outpost just off Market Square.
 

The restaurant, to be housed in a former nightclub space at 213 Milam, will boast a new executive chef: Vidal Elias Murillo, who is moving to Houston from Tabasco, Mexico to helm the new project. The 33-year-old chef, with a long, distinguished resume, comes to Houston from Tavola, a restaurant in Comalcalco, Tabasco where he has been chef/owner since March 2014. His resume includes chef/sommelier/maitre’d experience at restaurants in Merida, Mexico, Madrid and Monaco.
 

The project is a huge jump for La Fisheria, the small restaurant at 4705 Inker that opened under the charismatic charm of Latin American food television star Aquiles Chavez. The casual Mexican restaurant, done up like a vivacious beach joint, soon became known for its cool menu with seafood cocktails, tuna tostadas, grilled octopus, shrimp tacos, and seafood soups. Chavez and his partners had a hit which led to other La Fisheria concepts in Mexico. Chavez, who remains a partner in the brand, is overseeing the Mexico properties and is not involved in the menu development for the new Houston store.
 

La Fisheria on Inker will remain open at least until the downtown store is ready for business, projected as the first week in November. It may even stay open past that. The restaurant’s expansion into the Woodlands, announced last November, appears to have come to a halt.
 

La Fisheria’s partner and general manager Mirna Riveroll said the new space, at 5,000 square feet is twice the size as the Inker location. The partners have engaged Carlos Castroparedes, whose work includes Mr. Peeples in Midtown, to oversee the design. The restaurant will keep some of La Fisheria’s signature dishes but will feature an entirely new menu by Murillo, including adding beef, chicken and pork dishes; duck carnitas; pork belly with mole; empanadas; octopus carpaccio; and whole roasted chicken.
 

Murillo, who arrives in Houston Aug. 9, will be creating the new menu at the Inker restaurant. In fact, beginning Sept. 1 the Inker restaurant will start rolling out a few of the new dishes and will continue to offer daily specials that sample downtown restaurant’s menu until that location is open.
 

Downtown’s La Fisheria intends to add excitement to the neighborhood. After it opens it will offer live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday when it will keep later bar hours. The kitchen will be open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


From Houstonia, October 2015

 

 

While last week saw a slew of high-profile debuts, this week has been equally busy, albeit with more low-key projects opening their doors across town. But first, say adios to La Fisheria: the seafood restaurant on Inker St. near the Heights is closing tomorrow, Oct. 31, but that’s not the last you’ll see of chef Aquiles Chavez. La Fisheria is reopening downtown at 213 Milam St., a move that was first announced this past August.
 

The new location next door to the downtown Barnaby’s places La Fisheria directly adjacent to all of the bustling activity around Market Square Park. The addition of La Fisheria also marks the end of 213 Milam’s legacy as a nightclub—first as Club Paesano’s in 2001, then later as Shadow Bar between 2007 and 2011, then a double-hitter of two gay bars in a row: Eagle (which has since relocated to the old 611 in Montrose) and Club XL, which hosted everything from Gritsy nights to White Girl Wasted Wednesdays. Makes you wonder which restaurant will inevitably take over Toc Bar one day...
 

La Fisheria’s new downtown location should be open as of Nov. 1, but no word yet on whether or not they’re keeping their famous no-kids-past-7 policy.

 

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From Eater Houston in November:

 

 

Construction Nears Completion for La Fisheria Downtown

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Last month we spoke with a manager at La Fisheria who claimed that the original Heights location would definitely be closing for good and in fact moving to the new downtown location on 213 Milam, as opposed to previous rumors that it would be a second Houston location.
 

Chef Aquiles Chavez has leaked this photo showing the space's build out, and we can see it's near completion and looking quite snazzy. From the image it appears the new digs are keeping a blue and teal color palette, similar to the decor of the original. No one was available for comment on an opening date as the phone number is temporarily not accepting calls, but stay tuned for an opening alert.

 


From La Fisheria on Facebook:
 

 

Isn't finished yet!! But it is so beautiful!!

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Kinda Escher-esque in presentation...  :ph34r:

 

(I know... I've had the same problem with pictures getting rotated)

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From Houston Chronicle
 

 Downtown La Fisheria to open Jan. 20

 

Restaurateur Mirna Riveroll has a nose for talent. She's the one who wooed Aquiles Chavez to Houston to open the instantly hot La Fisheria, a coastal Mexican seafood restaurant on Inker in 2012.
 

And it was Riveroll, who when planning to open a much larger restaurant in downtown Houston, found a 33-year-old chef whose resume was itching to include a high-profile post in a major American city.

 

This week Riveroll is banking on another hit. On Jan. 20 when it opens to the public, La Fisheria will mark the official Houston debut of chef Vidal Elias Murillo, of Camalcalco in the Mexican state of Tabasco.
 

"Aquiles is still the face of La Fisheria. But this La Fisheria, in a city like Houston, had to have its own chef. And Vidal is one of the best young chefs I've met in a long time," said Riveroll the managing partner of the restaurant along with her daughter Ena Nino.
 

The downtown project in a former nightclub space at 213 Milam is a major leap for La Fisheria which opened under the charismatic charms of Latin American food television star Chavez. The small restaurant soon earned a big following and its success led to other La Fisheria concepts in Mexico. Chavez hasn't been in Houston in awhile (the original restaurant closed months ago while it was preparing the downtown opening) which means its Murillo's time to shine.
 

And he's ready, he said. "Finally! It's an amazing location and space. I just want to make sure the food is up to the space," Murillo said.
 

True, it's a terrific space. With seating for more than 200, La Fisheria has been designed to wow with its expanses of Mexican geo-mosaic tile floors in shades of blue and glass-tiled wall shimmering like a turquoise ocean surface. Thick rope-covered columns and oversize brass globe pendant lights help define the bar area that is a striking wood veneer curve (or "wave" as the staff calls it).
 

The menu will be familiar too. Murillo has kept plenty of dishes that became La Fisheria favorites. But he's also updated some dishes while also putting his own stamp on the menu.
 

"I have to respect the signature of La Fisheria because it was already a very successful menu," said the 33-year-old chef whose distinguished resume includes his own restaurant, Tavola, in Comalcalco, and work as a chef/sommelier/maitre'd at restaurants in Merida, Mexico, Madrid and Monaco. "I just tried to bring my own style to it and to give very traditional, nostalgic Mexican flavors."
 

He's kept a key handful of original La Fisheria dishes (tuna tostada, ceviches, shrimp cocktail, Vuelve a la Vida, red snapper pibil) and updated some mainstays (lobster taco, aguachile de camaron, steamed mussels, fish of the day, and a variety of tacos including beef tongue, lamb barbacoa, and braised short rib).
 

His new menu items include a soft shell crab sandwich "drowned" in a morita chile sauce; "drinkable" ceviches of shrimp, octopus or bay scallops called "Clamatazos"; tacos filled with tongue, barbacoa and sliced ribeye steak; octopus tostada; shrimp tostada on crispy jicama; a carpaccio of octopus; grilled tuna steak with potatoes in a green sauce and poblano pepper rajas; a sweet corn, shrimp and bacon tamale; a thick corn tortilla split and filled with shrimp and Oaxaca cheese; and a deep fried half lobster served with rice, beans, salsa and house-made corn tortillas to fashion into tacos at the table.
 

Months before the restaurant opened Murillo called the menu "Mexican soul food." And wouldn't you know: the opening menu bears that subtitle.
 

Murillo is aiming high; Riveroll can't wait to launch downtown's new dining star; and the staff of La Fisheria is ready to serve. That's more than enough bait for Houston foodies to get excited.


 

 

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Pictures of the renovated space for La Fisheria at 213 Milam from Houston Chronicle:

 

 

Exterior of the new La Fisheria, 213 Milam in downtown Houston. It is expected to open the week of Jan. 18.

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Interior of the new La Fisheria, 213 Milam in downtown Houston.

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The bar at the new La Fisheria at 213 Milam

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Lent will never be the same.

 

nom nom nom nom nom.  B)

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Henry Henke Building in downtown Houston's Market Square District at 801 Congress. The 4 story low-rise was built in 1948. It includes "a below grade, basement level space. Imagine a subterranean cocktail lounge, or cool wine bar. This space was the original Golden Fleece Jazz lounge. " - from Loopnet


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From the Downtown Restaurant & Bar Scene thread:

 

On 2/28/2018 at 6:00 PM, rechlin said:

 Also I noticed Fusion Taco, formerly between Barnaby's and Henke and Pillot, has also closed.  Their tacos were good, but their service was so incompetent that twice I vowed not to go back again for a long time.

 

On 3/2/2018 at 7:37 PM, mollusk said:

Fusion took water damage during Harvey; between that and opening a new location on North Main they decided to close the Market Square location.

 

And yes, the service could be very aggravating there.

 

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Replacing Fusion Taco in the Henry Henke Building at 801 Congress in Suite 101, Sapporo Japanese Sushi & Bar.
 

From the Downtown Restaurant & Bar Scene thread:

 

1 hour ago, Urbannizer said:

 

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La Fisheria is just about ready to return after being shuttered by hurricane Harvey. It's in the Henry Henke Building in downtown Houston's Market Square at 213 Milam.


From Eater Houston last month:

 

In a comment on Facebook, La Fisheria has announced that it has plans to open the doors again in the coming weeks, hopefully sooner rather than later. La Fisheria closed its doors on September 3, just shortly after Harvey made landfall. Downtown was hit hard by the storm, with much of the 32 inches of rain dumped on Houston concentrated in the neighborhood and its surrounding areas.

The restaurant has not disclosed exactly how its space at 213 Milam was impacted, but suffice it to say, the damage was significant.

La Fisheria says that it plans to open by the end of March or beginning of April.


https://houston.eater.com/2018/2/22/17039334/la-fisheria-houston-downtown-reopening

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14 hours ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

Replacing Fusion Taco in the Henry Henke Building at 801 Congress in Suite 101, Sapporo Japanese Sushi & Bar.
 

From the Downtown Restaurant & Bar Scene thread:

 

14 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

 



 


From Swamplot yesterday:

ow on its way to the former Fusion Taco space shown shaded by trees and orange awnings next to Barnaby’s in the photo at top: Sapporo Japanese Sushi & Bar. The restaurant’s spot in the Henry Henke Building on the corner of Congress and Milam — across from Market Square Park.

http://swamplot.com/sapporo-japanese-restaurant-preparing-to-rub-shoulders-with-barnabys-across-from-market-square-park/2018-03-19/

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4 hours ago, Texasota said:

I wonder if the generic name is a good sign or a bad sign. It could almost go either way.

 

Speaking of signs . . . 

 

That's one bad sign.

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I don't think that's a rendering, I think its a quick photo shop job with what they're planning on doing - a black awning with their name and logo

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On 3/20/2018 at 4:20 PM, mattyt36 said:

 

Speaking of signs . . . 

 

That's one bad sign.

 

More like some bad photoshop...

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On 3/19/2018 at 4:52 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:

Henry Henke Building in downtown Houston's Market Square District at 801 Congress. The 4 story low-rise was built in 1948. It includes "a below grade, basement level space. Imagine a subterranean cocktail lounge, or cool wine bar. This space was the original Golden Fleece Jazz lounge. " - from Loopnet



A new nightclub or club is opening in the basement of the Henry Henke Building. This in downtown Houston's Market Square District at 801 Congress.

The club is called Base.


From the website of Base:

Somewhere downtown lies a high-end nightlife experience with a sleek mysterious vibe. Enjoy signature cocktails, world-class DJ’s, high-end VIP bottle service and more — all near Downtown’s historic Market Square. Be the first to know its secret location…

https://basehouston.com/

 

 

Facebook and Instagram:
https://www.facebook.com/basehtx

https://www.instagram.com/basehtx

 

 

This may be below Henke & Pillot. There is an opening date listed on the website for May 25.

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Henke & Pillot is in the building next door to the Henry Henke building.

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On 5/20/2019 at 11:57 AM, cspwal said:

that building has a basement?

 

On 5/20/2019 at 12:16 PM, mollusk said:

Henke & Pillot is in the building next door to the Henry Henke building.


I don't know. The address for Base is listed as 801 Congress. 


I remembered hearing about this or another club opening in the Citizen's Bank building in downtown Houston at 402 Main. It was or would be a club in a basement in downtown Houston.

I posted about it in 2016:

 

On 10/25/2016 at 6:46 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:


It's going to remain a night club called Bank on Main or The Bank on Main. It will be in the basement.

 

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/33548-402-main-street-citizens-bank-building/?do=findComment&comment=542267

 

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On 5/20/2019 at 5:43 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:
On 3/19/2018 at 4:52 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:

Henry Henke Building in downtown Houston's Market Square District at 801 Congress. The 4 story low-rise was built in 1948. It includes "a below grade, basement level space. Imagine a subterranean cocktail lounge, or cool wine bar. This space was the original Golden Fleece Jazz lounge. " - from Loopnet



A new nightclub or club is opening in the basement of the Henry Henke Building. This in downtown Houston's Market Square District at 801 Congress.

The club is called Base.


From the website of Base:

Somewhere downtown lies a high-end nightlife experience with a sleek mysterious vibe. Enjoy signature cocktails, world-class DJ’s, high-end VIP bottle service and more — all near Downtown’s historic Market Square. Be the first to know its secret location…

https://basehouston.com/

 

 

Facebook and Instagram:
https://www.facebook.com/basehtx

https://www.instagram.com/basehtx

 

 

This may be below Henke & Pillot. There is an opening date listed on the website for May 25.



More on Base from CultureMap Friday:

 

Downtown Houston has a new place to party. Meet Base, a new nightclub located in Market Square.
 

Don’t let the name cause confusion about a potentially Astros-themed spot. Base’s name is meant to be taken literally, as it occupies the basement of 801 Congress Ave.

The club is the latest project from Concepts To Fruition (also known as C2F), a veteran group of operators behind a number of places in Midtown and on Washington Avenue. Rather than deliver something similar to their previous efforts, a partner tells CultureMap the goal was to channel a New York-style aesthetic.
 

The whole experience has a bit of an air of mystery. Don’t expect a sign out front, although velvet ropes and a valet stand in front of an office building at 10 pm on a weekend offers an indication that something special is going on.
 

Enter through the lobby’s marble floor and take an elevator down. Patrons won’t see a doorway, but they will see a neon sign that reads “Shhh...” Push on the wall below the sign to enter the main part of the club.
 

The owners tout the design aesthetic as “billionaire’s basement.” With its sleek, modern furniture and a well-stocked bookcase lining one wall, the room certainly has a vibe that’s more comfortable hotel lobby bar than glitzy Vegas club. (If that lounge featured servers parading bottles of champagne and alcohol — Veuve Cliquot and Tito’s appeared popular at an invite-only preview party — in light up displays that make sure everyone knows who’s splurging, that is.)
 

  Once inside, the most prominent feature is the dance floor, which resides beneath a lighting fixture that changes color, projects different shapes, and pulses with the music that emanates from the nearby DJ booth. A wide variety of tables and couches provide high rollers with a perch to observe the action.


http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/05-31-19-base-new-nightclub-downtown-houston-market-square/


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