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Spoke with one of the guys who works at Montrose Car Care on Saturday morning and learned that they are closing at the end of the month. Most of the people are relocating to another shop further south on Montrose as part of a "merger" of sorts. 

My immediate thought was that the property had changed hands and a new development might be forthcoming. This is one of the more prominent intersections in this part of Montrose, so I could see a new retail development doing well here. 

Property was listed on LoopNet for lease, but was pulled down about a month ago. Seems consistent with a new buyer. Laz Enterprises, Inc. has owned the lot since 2001--I assume this is an entity associated with everyone's favorite parking lot operator. Hopefully it has changed hands and isn't destined to be another parking lot (like what they did a few blocks east at Stanford). 

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Not just prominent - this is one of the most wasted intersections in the city. Even the St. Thomas corner is just a parking lot behind the small sign plaza thing. The only thing that remotely redeems this intersection is the breakfast tacos at the Chevron.

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The County Clerk's site has a lease agreement between Laz Enterprises and Clark's Houston, llc dated last October. Clark's appears to be related to Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, the signer of the lease is Larry McGuire from Austin.

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12 hours ago, hindesky said:

Damn, I go there regularly to get work done on my vehicles because it's within walking distance. Oil change, body work, tires and inspections. Walk home and walk back when they call me.

I've used them off and on for a few smaller things that I just couldn't do on my project cars (inspections, alignment after I replaced a steering rack, etc.) over the last few years. They were just down the street from my old office, so very convenient.

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14 hours ago, Ross said:

The County Clerk's site has a lease agreement between Laz Enterprises and Clark's Houston, llc dated last October. Clark's appears to be related to Clark's Oyster Bar in Austin, the signer of the lease is Larry McGuire from Austin.

If that is the case, then I could see it being an adaptive reuse similar to something like Eight Row Flint or Flying Fish over on N. Durham. I guess that wouldn't be the worst thing ever. 

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19 hours ago, hindesky said:

Damn, I go there regularly to get work done on my vehicles because it's within walking distance. 

I used to do the same, for the same reason, when I lived nearby. That was when it was still John's Exxon, way before it became Montrose Car Care. Can't remember John's last name now, but he (along with several of his employees) was Greek. It was one of several Greek-owned auto repair places in the area, along with Demo's and Poutous in the Rice Village, both of which are still around.

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19 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

John’s xpresslube on Bissonnet is a great Greek shop in Bellaire.  They are my preferred place to go.  Very friendly and professional. May be the same family  

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Their website says John Georgalos owns John's Xpress Lube. Although I still can't remember it, I'm certain that the John of John's Exxon had a different last name. I checked HCAD but it looks like the John's Exxon property was owned by Exxon, so no clues on his name there either. 

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From the Chronicle article: "Neighborhood car repair shop Montrose Car Care permanently shut its doors at 3807 Montrose Blvd after the landlord sold the property."
In the same article, they continue by stating "Laz Enterprises Inc. owns the property, according to public records, but declined to confirm the new tenant."
According to public records, Laz Enterprises Inc. has owned the property since 2001.
So did the landlord actually sell the property? or is this another frustrating example of amateur reporting by the Chron?
 

 
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39 minutes ago, dbigtex56 said:

From the Chronicle article: "Neighborhood car repair shop Montrose Car Care permanently shut its doors at 3807 Montrose Blvd after the landlord sold the property."
In the same article, they continue by stating "Laz Enterprises Inc. owns the property, according to public records, but declined to confirm the new tenant."
According to public records, Laz Enterprises Inc. has owned the property since 2001.
So did the landlord actually sell the property? or is this another frustrating example of amateur reporting by the Chron?
 

 

Unless things have changed since I made the post up top, no, Laz hasn't sold. They have a lease agreement with Clarks out of Austin, and probably had to wait until the car place's lease expired.

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On 8/30/2021 at 11:26 AM, wilcal said:

Permit issued for repair shop demo (to Laz Enterprises)

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Interesting, I was thinking they might utilize the shell similar to some of the other recent developments that have put restaurants within old service stations. 

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1 hour ago, HNathoo said:

Interesting, I was thinking they might utilize the shell similar to some of the other recent developments that have put restaurants within old service stations. 

The current structure is only about 2,200 sq ft (10%) of the lot. I guess it makes more sense to start over. 

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Story about the Clark's opening later this year in The Houston Chronicle.....

"Clark’s (which also has an outpost in Aspen), is set to take up residence later this year at 3807 Montrose, at the corner of West Alabama, in the home of the former Montrose Car Care auto repair shop."

https://preview.houstonchronicle.com/dining/popular-austin-seafood-oyster-restaurant-coming-16841262

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Work started on Saturday. I live 2 blocks from here and could hear the noise of them breaking up the concrete so I walked over to see. This used to be a gas station so I'm assuming there are still underground gasoline tanks. I think it was an Exxon station simply based on the old colors of the building. It's always been a repair shop since I moved here.

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On 5/28/2022 at 10:20 AM, hindesky said:

Work started on Saturday. I live 2 blocks from here and could hear the noise of them breaking up the concrete so I walked over to see. This used to be a gas station so I'm assuming there are still underground gasoline tanks. I think it was an Exxon station simply based on the old colors of the building. It's always been a repair shop since I moved here.

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It was an Exxon station....used to buy gas there in the early 70's.

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  • The title was changed to Montrose Car Care - 3807 Montrose Blvd.

I spoke with the site superintendent from Highlands Construction pictured here next to the Tundra pick up. He told me the old fuel tanks were already removed before they started work.

https://www.highlandsconstruction.com

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He said they will extend the building to the north behind the track hoe.

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This will be the parking area and they will have an outdoor patio area under the current awning.

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On 5/28/2022 at 10:20 AM, hindesky said:

Work started on Saturday. I live 2 blocks from here and could hear the noise of them breaking up the concrete so I walked over to see. This used to be a gas station so I'm assuming there are still underground gasoline tanks. I think it was an Exxon station simply based on the old colors of the building. It's always been a repair shop since I moved here.

 

 

It was an Exxon station. Sold to Laz Enterprises in 2001 for $685,000. Exxon handled all of the remediation, including tank removal, it's mentioned in the deed. Exxon bought the property in late 1968 from Edwin G and Costera Faye DeMunbrun, who ran a drug store. Not sure if it was at that location or not, I haven't found that. In the census and other records, they lived at 301 Fairview and 305 Stratford. Hmm, there was an Humble station there for years before Humble bought the property. More research is required...

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8 hours ago, Ross said:

It was an Exxon station. Sold to Laz Enterprises in 2001 for $685,000. Exxon handled all of the remediation, including tank removal, it's mentioned in the deed. Exxon bought the property in late 1968 from Edwin G and Costera Faye DeMunbrun, who ran a drug store. Not sure if it was at that location or not, I haven't found that. In the census and other records, they lived at 301 Fairview and 305 Stratford. Hmm, there was an Humble station there for years before Humble bought the property. More research is required...

Hoary crêpes, Columbo!

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50 minutes ago, editor said:

Hoary crêpes, Columbo!

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One more thing! The DeMunbruns once owned the property where Katz's on Westheimer now sits. They sold it in the early 60's and it went through 2 more owners before Katz's bought it. I may have to put a timer on my County Clerk search usage to keep me from going down too many rabbit holes.

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1 hour ago, Ross said:

 I may have to put a timer on my County Clerk search usage to keep me from going down too many rabbit holes.

Think of it as a public service.

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17 hours ago, Urbannizer said:

This will do really well. I live down the street from the Austin location, one of my favorite places in town.

I wonder how their oysters are compared to a place like Bludorn (which IMO has the best oysters in town)…quite expensive at $42/dozen though.

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Talked with the Highlands construction supervisor. He said the little wall behind the worker sitting down in the first pic is a planter box that separates the outside patio area under the awning from the parking area. The building will extend 12' to the north which will be part of the kitchen. The power line on W. Alabama St. is coming down and rerouted from the alley behind the building. The thing slowing down progress is getting permits.

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