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Found a company "White Rhino Cantina" registered with active sales permits for the co-located address (319 Milby St.). They have a Facebook and an Instagram, but neither have been updated in a few years. Curious if the same company is still planning on this location. Looks to be a Mexican restaurant with a beer garden. The land owned is the current building and the lot next door with the Winnebago in it.

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6 hours ago, ljchou said:

Found a company "White Rhino Cantina" registered with active sales permits for the co-located address (319 Milby St.). They have a Facebook and an Instagram, but neither have been updated in a few years. Curious if the same company is still planning on this location. Looks to be a Mexican restaurant with a beer garden. The land owned is the current building and the lot next door with the Winnebago in it.


I believe there was an old TABC notice in the window of that building (before the renovations started) from maybe 2017 that alluded to White Rhino. Whatever that was intended to be, I imagine it was canceled and this construction is for something different.

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16 hours ago, ljchou said:

They're now posting on instagram as @whiterhinohtx - promoting sustainability and support for the rhinoceros and endangered animal species.

 

 

that's totally cool.

 

I was lowkey kind of hoping for them to bring back the Winnebago and go with a Spaceballs theme, but this one is much more altruistic.

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On 11/12/2020 at 8:14 AM, ljchou said:

Anyone know what the historic home is that sits behind this building? They're fixing the roof right now, may be renovating it.


That’s the Sidney Sherman Brady house. Built in 1905. It has been abandoned for a while.

 

http://www.houstontx.gov/planning/AboutPD/news_releases09/Sidney_Sherman_Brady_House.pdf

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On 12/11/2020 at 7:33 AM, Avossos said:

Is the roof still open or did they finish it?

Roof is finished. Saw contactors painting the exterior a few weeks ago, too. There must be something seriously wrong with the structure/interior. It's gone under contract multiple times and nothing is sticking.

 

https://www.har.com/mapsearch/?map_tools_nwlat=29.752782281145215&map_tools_nwlng=-95.34452117286956&map_tools_selat=29.743146027173594&map_tools_selng=-95.33199932854943&zip_code=77003&for_sale=1#m22406972

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https://houston.eater.com/2021/2/3/22264493/white-rhino-bar-opening-houston-tiki-cocktails-eco-friendly-tulum?fbclid=IwAR1clZIozHx78B6TmHFiW5siSSJ2AfARHGsAAUyTidLQJBMId1VMJdXRb_8

A New EaDo Bar Will Serve Tulum Vibes and Drinking Water Made With Houston Humidity
At the ridiculously eco-friendly White Rhino, find tiki cocktails and a machine that grinds empty booze bottles into sand for the expansive patio

by Brittanie Shey@brittanieshey  Feb 3, 2021, 12:29pm CST

A new patio bar will bring Tulum-esque vibes and an eye towards sustainability to East Downtown later this month.

White Rhino, expected to open sometime in the next few weeks, will offer mezcal, craft beer, tropical drinks and an array of food trucks in a plant-drenched atmosphere at 319 Milby Street. True to its name, the bar plans to donate a portion of its sales to conservation efforts, specifically organizations working with endangered species like white rhinoceroses.

The bar takes its inspiration in part from Tulum, the ultra-hip but laid-back Mexican beach town where a lack of infrastructure has led restaurants and hotels to turn to solar electricity, sustainable cooking and composting, water collection and other eco-friendly measures. At White Rhino, that translates into touches like lots of air-purifying greenery inside, special paint on the walls that helps reduce carbon dioxide in the air, a glass-crushing machine that will turn liquor bottles into sand for the bar’s patio, and a reverse osmosis water generator that pulls humidity from the Houston air and converts it to drinking water. The building is also home to a majestic old agave plant that White Rhino’s owners have taken care to preserve.

Co-owners Bobby De La Rosa and Rodrigo Salinas have tapped general manager John Stewart, previously of Wooster’s Garden, to create a menu of cocktails that include tiki classics like the Sufferin’ Bastard, made with bourbon and ginger beer, and the Jungle Bird, with pineapple, dark rum and Campari, alongside riffs on other classics, like a mezcal margarita. Grant Keaton of Cambio Culinary Concepts, who has worked at other Houston-area bars like Lazy Oaks and Buffalo Bayou Brewery, helped round out the project

When it opens, White Rhino hopes to host a diverse rotation of food trucks. Initial hours will be Tuesday to Sunday 4 p.m. to midnight. Once the bar expands its hours, it’ll also serve coffee and light bites. Stay tuned for a firm opening date.

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