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This thread was originally created June 6, 2019. I'm reposting / reupping this because this post and other content from me are no longer available on the forum.  An archive link to this thread is coming soon.



4311 Emancipation Ave in Third Ward, Houston. It's on the corner of Wheeler Ave.


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Google Street View from 2017

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Google Maps photos from 2017 of Universal Typewriter Shop at 4311 Emancipation Ave.

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This was originally posted  June 6, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 



Channel 13, ABC 13 Houston did a feature on Universal Typewriter Shop ( 4331 Emancipation Ave ) in 2016. This was part of their Cool Spaces series:

https://abc13.com/realestate/cool-spaces-a-shop-from-another-era/1401193/

 

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This was originally posted  June 6, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 



The house where Universal Typewriter Shop operated at 4331 Emancipation Ave in Third Ward, Houston, is being converted into a restaurant.

I sent a tip to Swamplot about this in 2016 or 2017, but they never ran the story. The shop told the editor or Swamplot at the time that it wasn't closing (even though it was).

Recently, there has been discussions about the conversion into a restaurant on the forum:



From the 4420 Emancipation Ave thread:


 

On 5/18/2019 at 7:46 AM, trymahjong said:

When renovation started on the old Typewriter house as a high dollar restaurant ($40.00+ per plate)All neighbors vocally expressed their skepticism that another bait and switch was being perpetrated on them......roll out a concept of neighborhood eatery , to get all the permits required, then close and reopen as a bar.

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/44808-4420-emancipation-ave-at-rosewood/?do=findComment&comment=591469





From the How many bars can the intersection of Emancipation and Wheeler support thread:

 

On 6/5/2019 at 10:49 AM, trymahjong said:

A fancy  (NE corner)restaurant ($40+ per plate) tried to open 2years ago but residents were extremely vocal against it, being suspicious ( more than a few bars started out that way) that it might open as a restaurant but likely would close quickly and reopen as a bar

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/45011-how-many-bars-can-the-intersection-of-emancipation-and-wheeler-support/?do=findComment&comment=592910


 

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This was originally posted  June 6, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 



Here is an earlier rendering of the restaurant at 4331 Emancipation. It's the conversion of the Universal Typewriter Shop house. 

The name of the restaurant is Edsel House.

This is a rendering from 2016 or 2017 sent to Swamplot but was never published.


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And this was the original design of Edsel House in 2016. A 3-D video of the design was posted to Youtube three years from the same group that created the 3-D video model tour of Pitch 25 and Holman Draft House.
 




 

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This was originally posted  June 6, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 




This is an updated rendering of Edsel House at 4331 Emancipation in Third Ward, Houston. It's the conversion of the Universal Typewriter Shop house.

This is an upscale restaurant named after Houston artist Edsel Cramer.

I don't know if this is from the Turkey Leg Hut people or someone else.

 

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I still drive by daily and see nothing has changed. Two years or so the owners of restaurant asked for the patio option to be moved- the neighbors said “NO” not sure if anything in designer renderings reflects that. The owners wanted a COH handicap cut in curbing along side Emancipation, where valets would be accommodating exiting patrons of restaurant. I’ve notice some improvements or sidewalk along Wheeler but no curb cuts on Emancipation..

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This was in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 




Originally posted by trymahjong, June 6, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward.

 



 

It’s a nice rendering.....I think someone said Edsel was name of original property owner.
 

I remember the suggestion to make the building a coffee house dedicated to his achievements and decorated with the inventory from the typewriter shop. 
 

Uh no
 

That didn’t interest the restaurant to be owners.
 

i sat next to Dwight Boykin at a community meeting about this place. He was all for it and if I remember correctly he voiced support for a “high  class restaurant like those in Montrose or that was the geist of what I remember. Probably of the 30 or so close by neighbors- he was the only one supporting it. I don’t Remember the husband and wife’s name who were the owners but they had hired a consultant chef who was opening a bar and grill on Richmond Ave by spur 527– that bar failed.
 

The owners seemed nice and gobsmacked that the neighbors response was so very negative. There were questions “ Don’ you want a nice restaurant in this area?
 

The responses were along the line of .....”valet parking takes place on Emancipation street 30 feet from stop light- won’t that be a traffic snarl?  Lots of people won’t valet park period- will would be patrons walk 3 blocks from their car to get to restaurant. This was a reference to the “rough” appearance of wheeler street. Lastly, Then references to business starting out as sandwich shop but wasn’t successful so turned into a bar plus there are no regular price ( not to mention cheap or fast food even) restaurants anywhere close but a high dollar restaurant is expected to be successful.
 

the mentor/chef didn’t seem to make “ niceness” his priority and seemed to make a portion or the diverse neighbors feel uncomfortable.
 

Again, I don’t recall exactly his words but he stated that he, himself would never ask for neighborhood input.
 

Councilman Boykin got a lot of blowback at his inability to influence the current bars to respect COH noise and parking ordinances. He left early.

 

The neighbors continue to be disgruntled about this situation.

 

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This was in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 




Originally posted by Beernut, June 6, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward.



 

  On 6/6/2019 at 11:41 AM, trymahjong said:

owners but they had hired a consultant chef who was opening a bar and grill on Richmond Ave by spur 527– that bar failed.


 

Chef Wendell Price  The place on Richmond was Rustic Oak.  He also had a place on Emancipation across from from Emancipation Park called R.O. Seafood Boiler Shack.  I live near the park and was initially excited until I saw the reviews for both his places.  

 

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This was in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 




Originally posted by CrockpotandGravel, June 7, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward.
 

 

 

 

On 6/6/2019 at 12:37 PM, BeerNut said:

 

Chef Wendell Price  The place on Richmond was Rustic Oak.  He also had a place on Emancipation across from from Emancipation Park called R.O. Seafood Boiler Shack.  I live near the park and was initially excited until I saw the reviews for both his places.  




That's a no for me, dawg. 

I read about the bad business practices and shady dealing with Wendell Price. If this is their selling point, there is a cause for concern because the restaurant won't last. 

If places like Coltivare and Better Luck Tomorrow can make it work with little parking in a high-traffic area of their neighborhood, this place can. But it does need to be a good neighbors and make changes based on the concerns of the residents.

If this is from the Turkey Leg Hut people, I can believe Boykins is backing them, He has his favorite businesses in his district that he'll go above & beyond for than the average person. 

From what I'm reading in this thread, this is a cluster#^#& and it hasn't open.


 

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This was in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward. It's being reposted / reupped since the original thread and other content from me were removed. 




Originally posted by trymahjong, June 7, 2019 in the previous thread for Universal Typewriter Shop | 4311 Emancipation Ave | Third Ward.
 

 

 

About “favorites” and Boykin .....neighbors get finger cramps from the numerous email ( and snail mail)pleas to try and do something about the notorious shenanigans of DBar— with all that DBar gets  away with- you’d think their was a family relation or something.....IMO-lol
 

 

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On 10/28/2019 at 8:02 AM, trymahjong said:

I still drive by daily and see nothing has changed. Two years or so the owners of restaurant asked for the patio option to be moved- the neighbors said “NO” not sure if anything in designer renderings reflects that. The owners wanted a COH handicap cut in curbing along side Emancipation, where valets would be accommodating exiting patrons of restaurant. I’ve notice some improvements or sidewalk along Wheeler but no curb cuts on Emancipation..




You may not notice changes from the outside, but it doesn't mean no work has been done. 

Whoever owns this, which I think may be the Turkey Leg people or they have some stake in this, is still renovating the building.

The inside of the house has been gutted and is still under construction. Much of the work is being done inside custom built fixtures, electrical, plumbing, etc). From the photos posted almost weekly on Instagram, the progress has been extensive. 

I think the main goal is to get The Daiquiri Hutt and Bar 5015 up and running first. The influx of cash from Turkey Leg and the other two businesses will speed up  work for this and Savoy. 

 

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I get your point about not being able to see into the inside, plus i observed the gutting of the house almost three years ago. So now as I drive by a few times a day, I don’t notice any doors open, contractors or their equipment. I see the Daiquri Hut is probably finished and contractors for most part have left but I don’t see a lot of patrons. I did notice painter at The DBar sprucing that place up. 

 

I am am going to be blown away if D’Legacy saddened opens as a revamped business since I don’t see those doors opened either.

 

But as long as I drive by so frequently I thought I’d post .......

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And I get yours. This renovation has been years in the making. I too thought after a while that Edesel or whatever name of this restaurant is was put out to pasture until the Turkey Leg guys posted updates about it this spring.

Projects like this can take years for many reasons. 

I am  hopeful the completed work will be nice, but my doubts remain about them being good neighbors. Emancipation is one of the main arteries of the Third Ward area,, so high traffic is a given. But with the push to revitalize the street as the commerce and entertainment district it once was, a serious plan for structured parking is needed. I'light rail connected the purple line to the midtown line through Elgin, more people could walk to the bars on Emancipation and to the businesses on Almeda like Turkey Leg Hut. But that's a pipe dream of mine, that I don't foresee happening anytime soon.

 

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It’s funny you should bring up “Edesel”, who I understand was a remarkable poet with connections to that house and TSU? I hope I got that right. At one of the community meet and greet Dwight Boykin hosted between the owners and the residents, that name was mentioned and a more neighborhood friendly idea put forth to use the inventory from the typewriter shop ( yes there was a lot of inventory apparently) for decoration and have a coffee oriented business ( as opposed to a posh $40.00 per plate place )with Edesel and his written works as the focus...................NAW!  Same notion as before......sigh

 

 

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I really hope this comes together nicely. It's a prime location in the revitalization of Emancipation Ave. There's potential for something great but the plans and execution so far have been so-so.

 

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Drove by yesterday taking my kid to school. Looks just like it did a month ago, with no evidence of any activity. Last permits were pulled in April.

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