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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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Montrose Mining Co at 805 Pacific in Houston will be Postino Wine Cafe. It's their second location in Houston.


From Houston Chronicle:
 

Postino Wine Café, a runaway hit since it opened in April at Heights Mercantile, is expanding in Houston with a second restaurant planned in Montrose.
 

The new Postino will make its home in the former Montrose Mining Company, 805 Pacific, the longtime gay bar that closed in September 2016. It is expected to open in February 2019.
 

The Phoenix-based Postino, known for its affordable wine selection and assorted bruschettas, opened in the spring at Heights Mercantile, 642 Yale. At the time, co-founder Lauren Bailey said she was so impressed by the Houston market that she strongly suggested she was looking to expand operations in the Bayou City.
 

"We've fallen in love with Houston. Since we first opened our doors in the Heights neighborhood, we found ourselves drawn to Montrose time and time again," Bailey said. "Montrose checks every box that gets us excited: civic pride, a robust arts scene, diversity, authenticity, and an incredible history that speaks to our values."


More: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Postino-Wine-Cafe-to-open-in-Montrose-13203427.php

 

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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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Photo of construction and renovation progress of the Montrose Mining Company building at 805 Pacific St in Houston. This is the Montrose location for wine bar & cafe and tapas restaurant  Postino.

Posted to Instagram yesterday:

New @postinowinecafe in #Montrose is in progress. Looks like it still has a ways to go, though.

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https://www.instagram.com/p/BzvskeJg3nn/

 

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Mods, can the address please included in the title? I submitted a number of private requests spanning a few weeks regarding this. No one responded.

It would be appreciated if the address could be included, as other poster's requests of addresses in titles are made in other forums.

Thanks.

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On 9/2/2019 at 10:18 AM, HoustonMidtown said:

Very close to opening - the tables and chairs are set up in the patio area

 

Love the new "Montrose" sign hanging at the corner

 

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And here are photos of the sign going up at Postino two weeks ago. This in the wine bar and restaurant replacing Montrose Mining Company building at 805 Pacific St in Houston. 


From the wine bar's founder two weeks ago on Instagram:


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An update on Postino, including an opening date. 

This in the wine bar and restaurant replacing Montrose Mining Company building at 805 Pacific St in Houston. 


From CultureMap Houston yesterday:


In just a few more days, oenophiles will have another new option courtesy of Postino WineCafé. The Arizona-based wine bar and restaurant announced it will open its second Houston-area location on September 15...
 

Postino owners Upward Projects has restored the former Montrose Mining Company building at 805 Pacific St. Inside, patrons will find "statement light fixture" and a wall of images that pays homage to the space's history as a number of bars, including the Tattooed Lady, Pacific Street Station, and Uncle Charlie’s. Perhaps the best news for fans of Postino's location in the Heights is that the Montrose location will have approximately double the space, with seating for 100 in the dining room, 24 at the bar, and 70 on the covered patio.
 

"The restoration of the former Montrose Mining Company building has been a labor of love," Postino founder Lauren Bailey said in a statement. "Most would call us crazy for the lengths we’ve gone to preserve and restore literally the thousands of bricks that surfaced that building. We believe that these historic spaces carry special energy — kind of vibrate at a higher frequency. It’s easier and cheaper to knock it down and build something new, but that’s never been what we stand for."

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/09-09-19-postino-wine-cafe-new-montrose-restaurant-wine-bar-mining-company-upward-projects-lauren-bailey/
 

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19 minutes ago, HoustonMidtown said:



It may be soft open or they're holding private friends & family events. The staff has been there all week doing prep and a steady flow of people have been & out of there that don't look like staff.


The article I shared here yesterday from CultureMap and what's probably in a press release (since other sites are reporting the same), it's opening to the public this weekend.

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/39072-montrose-mining-company-building/?do=findComment&comment=600719

 

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On 9/11/2019 at 10:00 AM, HoustonMidtown said:




Photos inside Postino in Montrose.

This in the wine bar and restaurant replacing Montrose Mining Company building at 805 Pacific St in Houston. 

Photos are from the Houston Chronicle article linked above.




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On 9/10/2019 at 1:20 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:

This is the mural inside Postino in Montrose.

This in the wine bar and restaurant replacing Montrose Mining Company building at 805 Pacific St in Houston. 

The artist is Jacqueline Comrie.


 

 https://www.instagram.com/p/B2CcfnoAkX6/




Full photo of the mural from Houston Chronicle:


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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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10 hours ago, midtowndweller said:

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! 



Again, Postino''s Montrose location isn't open to the public until Sunday. They're holding media previews and family & friends events. Last night Postino hosted an Yelp Elite preview event.
 

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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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