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I was at the forum at which Pluckers was discussed and the whole idea that Pluckers is going in Harold's is a great example of a game of Telephone. The guy said that he drove his friends who own Pluckers around Houston and that they "got the Heights". He did not say that they had definitively leased a space - the closest reference was that they might be interested in 19th and Shepard. 

 

nclux, I don't think you realize who you are dealing with. s3mh is never wrong. If he says Pluckers is going in, it is going in. Just like that Walmart that everyone thought was going in on Yale...oh, wait.

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nclux, I don't think you realize who you are dealing with. s3mh is never wrong. If he says Pluckers is going in, it is going in. Just like that Walmart that everyone thought was going in on Yale...oh, wait.

 

I just do not know why you get all flustered when your posts get taken down by the admins.  I am fine if you want to throw insults in every post in response to anything I say.  Just don't whine and pretend that you are not dong what you are doing.

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I just do not know why you get all flustered when your posts get taken down by the admins.  I am fine if you want to throw insults in every post in response to anything I say.  Just don't whine and pretend that you are not dong what you are doing.

 

Would you like to respond to the poster who completely eviscerated your post?

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Pluckers will be opening a place on Shepherd north of Washington Ave, according to their twitter feed.

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I recently ate the new Ruggles on 11th...and though a bit pricey for a chicken sandwhich, it was probably the best chicken sandwhich I have ever had...the fries were superb as well.  The entire experience was excellent.  Ordered, and food arrived maybe 7 minutes later, exactly as ordered and everything was great..thats pretty fast for 2 adult entrees and 1 kids one.

 

I could have eaten another sandwhich it was so good.  Also very happy that they worked out a lease on that parking lot.  Even though 11th street cafe was terrible, I would have gone sometimes if it were not such a pain to park....In summary....The new Ruggles was excellent!

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Mark,  I agree it is an excellent addition.  My wife and I have walked there a few times so far (~ 1 mile walk each way).  Are you talking about the roasted chicken sandwich with the plantains and all that other stuff on it?  If so, that is a freaking awesome sandwich.

 

Not quite Heights,  but I finally made it over to Crisp the other day.  Pretty nice spot and food was good (pizza seemed very popular).  I've never seen so many mid-20s to mid-30s anglos in one place before in Houston.  Not sure if thats the norm, but it was definitely telling of the demographic shift of Shady Acres.

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It was their plain ole grilled chicken sandwhich...it came with cucumbers, lettuce, tomato, pickles, on a toasted bun and with some kind of fry that was made in heaven.

 

I say it was overpriced, but I liked it so much that I would pay for it again and again.

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OK, it's bound to be where Maggie Rita's used to be. 1400 plain old Shepherd not North or South. Chronicle messed up the address.

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Any update on Fat Cat Creamery,  I know they were shooting for early June (so i suspected August in the earliest).

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Any update on Fat Cat Creamery,  I know they were shooting for early June (so i suspected August in the earliest).

 

 

There's now a rendering up on the corner of the site, but very little other activity.  I wouldn't expect an opening date this summer.

 

Safe rule for restaurants in Houston requiring a build-out is announced opening date + 6 months.

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Any update on Fat Cat Creamery,  I know they were shooting for early June (so i suspected August in the earliest).

 

I have seen work on the interior that looks like work for the mechanicals and plumbing.  I suspect that this is the heavy lifting that has slowed things down since the first estimate on opening. 

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Yucatan Taco Stand is going into the old Stella Sola/Bedford building.

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Yucatan Taco Stand is going into the old Stella Sola/Bedford building.

Wow. Was it really worth it to miss out on a year's worth of rent for this tenant? I wonder whether all the local restaurant talent wouldn't touch the location with a ten foot pole after the dust up with Killen and loss of Stella Sola. I will never understand commercial lessors.

On a related note, Torchy's has their build out permits and is doing a lot of work on the interior now. My guess would be 4-6 weeks to completion.

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Yucatan Taco Stand is going into the old Stella Sola/Bedford building.

 

from looking at the menu and reviews, it sounds a lot like Taco Milagro.

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Yucatan Taco Stand is going into the old Stella Sola/Bedford building.

 

 

Heights residents will not want for yuppie tacos.  This makes 4 in the Heights proper (along w/ Berryhill, Torchy's & Tacos a go-go).

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Do you own the franchise??

No. This info came from a Heights restaurateur and a local real estate lawyer.

Which reminds me I should have asked last night about the Studewoodish over saturation or potential thereof. The Tex/Mex joint going in at corner on White Oak, now the Yucatan place 4 block away. The midrise on 10th looking for a restaurant tenent, etc. There is already good Mex on Main and few block further on Airline.

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Wow. Was it really worth it to miss out on a year's worth of rent for this tenant? I wonder whether all the local restaurant talent wouldn't touch the location with a ten foot pole after the dust up with Killen and loss of Stella Sola. I will never understand commercial lessors.

My sources just roll their eyes regarding this saga. The layout of the building itself which is not optimal for a restaurant. Big sq footage = big rent. Need lots of covers to make it work. The contractual nonsense, etc. Killen was smart to bail. Overhead at his new place will be a better deal.

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No. This info came from a Heights restaurateur and a local real estate lawyer.

Which reminds me I should have asked last night about the Studewoodish over saturation or potential thereof. The Tex/Mex joint going in at corner on White Oak, now the Yucatan place 4 block away. The midrise on 10th looking for a restaurant tenent, etc. There is already good Mex on Main and few block further on Airline.

No opinions on the Yucatan thing as I have never been, but there is plenty of demand for more restaurants in the Heights. You cannot get in the door at Teotihuacan on Friday or Saturday night. Yucatan is more upscale and might find a niche in the Heights.

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No opinions on the Yucatan thing as I have never been, but there is plenty of demand for more restaurants in the Heights. You cannot get in the door at Teotihuacan on Friday or Saturday night. Yucatan is more upscale and might find a niche in the Heights.

 

I can wait in line for good Tex/Mex or Mexican, but this is Tacos Yucatan del norte: "now open in OKC, Ft worth and the Woodlands".

 

Kind of reminds me of the Tamale Factory on Studewood/11th that had the “best tamales south of the border”.

 

We'll see, their website description suggests a mishmash of Latin American culinary stereotype-branding that could appeal to the late night White Oak crowd, but The El will have them locked up.

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except if it was next to your house you'd probably complain. 

 

 

I'm excited about this place opening.  I'm a bit confused though... isn't Volcano under the sun technically a Tiki bar?   Did it close when I wasn't looking?

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I assume you mean Under the Volcano on Bissonett. That is a tiki bar, but I guess it doesn't fit their ridiculous uber casual tiki bar vision.

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except if it was next to your house you'd probably complain. 

 

 

I'm excited about this place opening.  I'm a bit confused though... isn't Volcano under the sun technically a Tiki bar?   Did it close when I wasn't looking?

 

Under The Volcano? No, not a tiki bar.

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I assume you mean Under the Volcano on Bissonett. That is a tiki bar, but I guess it doesn't fit their ridiculous uber casual tiki bar vision.

 

More of a Dia De Los Muertos theme, I'd say, and not a tiki menu either.

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Zombie, Mai Tai, Scorpion, those are the types of drinks you'd find at a tiki bar. I don't think Under The Volcano even stocks orgeat. I see it as a Mexican bar. There's a lot of little Mexican cultural type of stuff in the design.

 

I like Under The Volcano, for the most part. Drinks are decent, though it can get a little packed, and credit card minimums really burn my biscuits.

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Yeah thats what I meant,  Under the Volcano, the bar with a bunch of Tikis in it...

 

 

They have frozen rum&coke, which is a winner in my book ALL DAY!

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I must have never got out of there cheaply enough to get hit by a credit card minimum...

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I must have never got out of there cheaply enough to get hit by a credit card minimum...

 

Right!  I normally rack up a good size bill there, but its outside of my longboard home distance so I'd need a cab too, so I haven't been in a while.

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I must have never got out of there cheaply enough to get hit by a credit card minimum...

 

Yeah, it's $10 I think. Just a PITA if you only want one drink before continuing somewhere else. Same thing at Leon's, which is too bad because Leon's is often on the way to somewhere else I'm going.

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moo.   I would have liked to see something we didn't already have around here but this sounds ok.

Hard to do anything but a place with quick service and fast turnover at that little place given the economics. Might have worked as a casual sushi restaurant, but people tend to linger when they eat sushi. Plus, there wasn't really enough room for a good sushi bar inside. Thus, two hot dog places is better than eight Mexican restaurants or seven sandwich shops or five and a half Italian restaurants, etc.

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And D'Amico's just closed. No idea why. I would speculate that the bar scene makes it very difficult to get customers on Friday and Saturday night due to the parking situation. It will only get worse with the cantina. And the competition down the street from Coltivare will also make things difficult for them.

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I like D'Amico's... but every time I went there I would ask myself "why didn't I just go to Nundinis Chef's Table?"  With Coltivare opening and Bellissimo I think we have plenty of Italian.  I thought D'Amico's was doing okay though... I was going to go the other Friday around 8pm and they had a wait so I just went to Tacos a gogo

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eh, its just good etiquette to carry cash when going bar hopping.   

 

I hate carrying cash and only do so if it's a cash only business.

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Yeah, it's $10 I think. Just a PITA if you only want one drink before continuing somewhere else. Same thing at Leon's, which is too bad because Leon's is often on the way to somewhere else I'm going.

They want people who stay at their business.

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I hate carrying cash and only do so if it's a cash only business.

 

ah, but can you really predict where you'll end up throughout the night? What if theres a taco truck? Or that guy who sells a dozen tamales for $8?

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http://houston.eater.com/archives/2013/07/02/damicos-has-shuttered-its-heights-location.php The official version. I can certainly understand the decision. Anything that goes in that location is going to have to be able to make money off of bar spillover like Tacos Agogo does. A pizza place that sells by the slice might work if it was really good.

 

http://www.theleadernews.com/?p=10589

 

A pizza place it will be. 

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