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As reported by the Houston Chronicle in September of 2016, the Montrose Mining Company has closed. 
It's also rumored that the property has been purchased by the new owner of Baba Yega's and is destined to be demolished for additional parking.
If so, I'm extremely disappointed. Not only is this a building that contributes to the historic architecture of the area, its history as the MMC makes it a landmark in its own right.
A parking lot in this location would be an eyesore, and detract from the overall ambiance which makes this area among the most walkable in the Montrose area. Once this building is demolished, another cannot be built on its footprint, due to current setback laws.

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Terrible news. That was the first gay bar I ever worked the nerve to enter. Probably should have started with JRs but they didn't take my ID!

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I hope it is not demolished. It’s architecture is important to preserve. These last historic facades are so important to keep.

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It's a real shame because the building and footprint are really cool. That patio could be turned into something special, even for Montrose's trendy residents.

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No ownership change has been made at HCAD, so it doesn't appear to be a done deal quite yet.

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On 3/21/2018 at 5:15 PM, dbigtex56 said:

As reported by the Houston Chronicle in September of 2016, the Montrose Mining Company has closed. 

 

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Owner Charles Armstrong announced the news Thursday afternoon via social media. He pointed to "changing times" and said "the concept is gone."

The bar opened in 1978 and was known for its cheap drinks, large patio, barrels of peanuts and male dancers on boxes. DJ's regularly played retro dance and disco music. 

Armstrong says he will be working with architects and designers to create "a new concept at 805 Pacific Street that we're really excited about in the upcoming 18 months."

 

Aside from the fact that, with the possible exception of the peanuts, the concept as described still seems pretty solid to me, it's interesting that Armstrong went from stating his intention to remodel to selling the property (if indeed it has actually been sold). I'm wondering if South Beach's closure for remodeling last month had anything to do with this, since it's obviously the jewel of his empire and would have to be a higher priority if he had to decide between two remodeling projects. 

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It appears the building is being renovated, despite the rumors of its coming demolition. Any one know what's going on with it?

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buildings like this make the neighborhood.

 

Southbeach should be demoed haha.

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Avossos-  Would not break my heart.  So long as it doesn't become $800,000 townhouses, with uptight residents. 

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On ‎3‎/‎22‎/‎2018 at 1:59 PM, dbigtex56 said:

No ownership change has been made at HCAD, so it doesn't appear to be a done deal quite yet.

Spoke too soon. HCAD now shows ownership transferred on 12/12/17 to 2607 Grant LLC (which is Baba Yega's address).

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Little bird says it's either going to be a Hungry's or a wine bar.

Which is at least kind of a shame. Why are the Houston gay bars all closing?

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1 hour ago, corbs315 said:

Little bird says it's either going to be a Hungry's or a wine bar.

Which is at least kind of a shame. Why are the Houston gay bars all closing?

Maybe because we don’t need them anymore. People can be gay in any bar now and not get punched in the face, for the most part anyway.

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1 hour ago, corbs315 said:

Little bird says it's either going to be a Hungry's or a wine bar.

Which is at least kind of a shame. Why are the Houston gay bars all closing?

 

This is great news. I like hungrys and wine bars.

 

ALL bars in this area are 'gay friendly'. I am sure it will be very welcoming to all

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1 hour ago, jgriff said:

 

Maybe because we don’t need them anymore. People can be gay in any bar now and not get punched in the face, for the most part anyway.

In large part, you are correct. Grindr, etc. is the primary other accomplice. 

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I hit submit before I had finished-

I meant to say I worry about parking. I hate for houses to be torn down for parking lots. That historic designation ends at Pacific and Crocker, only east side Crocker is included. those other houses could be at risk.

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By any rational standard, this is a great improvement.
Still, I'm taken aback. It's like seeing Tom Waits in a tuxedo.

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11 hours ago, dbigtex56 said:

By any rational standard, this is a great improvement.
Still, I'm taken aback. It's like seeing Tom Waits in a tuxedo.

 

Even Tom Waits maintained an air of the disheveled rogue when in a tux.

 

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IMO

There are a kazillion restaurants in this area, it’s great and all for varietyetcetcetc but taking a gander at that newly laid sidewalk is the STANDOUT, most of the sidewalk within Avondale area abysmal. Now you can walk to a nice restaurant without stumbling on crap sidewalks.

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I noticed there isn’t enough parking lot  for employees.Someone must have told them to park in neighborhood. Unfortunately, didn’t warn them to not park too close to stop signs or fire hydrants........neighbors are fairly predictable to call tow trucks for that. I think it might have been a character building experience for a few waitstaff.

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The Wreckers are hawk-like in this neighborhood.  Always have been. 

Interior of Postino looks great.  Glad they realize, appreciate and commemorate the neighborhood that they are in. 

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I have to say...that wall collage of the history of the building is freaking everything above that long booth seating! haha! 🥇

 

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Went to JRs last night and there were a lot of people at Postinos. Don’t know if there was some event going on, or that’s just what a typical Thursday will look like there, but I was very impressed with the exterior and the way it blends well with the gayborhood. I was skeptical and worried. Just curious to see what the Saturday nights will look like. I’m putting my money on Rich’s taking over SoBe. If that happens then this will feel like it did in 2014! 

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I actually went Saturday night and they were open to the public after all! It was bustling too! Such a cool cool cool place...i loved the vibe and think it adds so much to the area!!! Super nice people working there at the front door and bar. I definitely will be going back! 

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They are closed but the plywood is because robberies keep breaking their glAss windows and doors to gain entrance. Maybe 4 or5 times now over a couple of months.

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18 hours ago, HoustonMidtown said:

I guess they are planning on being closed for a long time ☹️

 

49687273393_77d37ffae6_k.jpgUntitled by Houston Midtown, on Flickr

A lot of places are. Unfortunately, not the best time to open a restaurant... anywhere.

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dang. these closures are upsetting enough but now robberies? omg....that is just pitiful. 

so sad.

wow

 

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1 hour ago, gene said:

dang. these closures are upsetting enough but now robberies? omg....that is just pitiful. 

so sad.

wow

 

 

Agreed.  I wish I had more confidence in our city's leadership, including police department leadership.  I'm hearing way too many first-hand accounts of police taking ridiculous amounts of time to respond to true emergencies (e.g., 45+ minutes to respond to an active home invasion, with homeowners hiding in their home). Combined with the out-of-control homeless throughout downtown, midtown, Museum District etc, we're starting to have the feeling of an out-of-control city, and not in a good way.  I love all of the park projects and bike-lane projects and such, but if we don't take care of the basics, they will have been a huge waste of money.

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2 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Agreed.  I wish I had more confidence in our city's leadership, including police department leadership.  I'm hearing way too many first-hand accounts of police taking ridiculous amounts of time to respond to true emergencies

Reported that three people had been seen entering  a vacant building. Would this qualify as an emergency? No, but it was time-sensitive. 
An hour later five police cars show up. They

 got on their PA system, saying that they're the police and that anyone in the building should come out immediately.
Eventually two people came out. They were cuffed, and put in back  seats. None of the officers actually entered the building to see if there were others inside.
After about 15 minutes, the intruders were uncuffed  and let go. And then the five cars pulled up next to each other, and the officers chatted with each other for well over half an hour. Maybe forty minutes. 
I can understand why five officers would be a good idea if they were actually going into the building, or if they otherwise would have been outnumbered.  But that was not the case. 
I can understand why officers might need time to discuss what actions would be advisable, and that there is paperwork to attend to. But that was not the case.  
 

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