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Wine tasting room coming to where the paint your own pottery place on Studewood was. Across the street from Black and White.

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Wine tasting room coming to where the paint your own pottery place on Studewood was. Across the street from Black and White.

 

Will they also have yoga?  :ph34r:

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It's Nam Eatery, a Vietnamese restaurant at 502 E 20th St, either Ste B or Ste C.

 

 I went there last night for some Pho.  The lady next to me had the shaking beef which she like very much.  I enjoyed the place. 

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 I went there last night for some Pho.  The lady next to me had the shaking beef which she like very much.  I enjoyed the place. 

JR's has shaking beef on weekends. 

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Has anyone noticed the Church's on 27th and Yale has closed? I was talking to a business owner there on Yale, who is also a longtime friend having grown up with him in Sunset Heights, who said the clinic next door is closing at the end of the month and both buildings will be demolished for a new Sunset Heights Whole Foods Market.

He is certainly not one to make things up. He recently received a healthy offer for his own business, which takes up half a block of Yale, and rejected it outright. Laughed it off, saying he's too young to retire. I've done some digging around and I see nothing on the internet that confirms or even mentions this apparent future for the east side of Yale between East 27th & 28th.

I suppose we'll know when and if the clinic closes, that something is truly up. Anyone with access to who ownership knowledge of the old Church's property is, or the clinic next door, notice any recent changes?

Edit to add: address for Church's is 2702 Yale.

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Now that the title of this thread has been disproven in recent years, I now wonder to what extent we may be seeing some oversaturation.  I hear about all these new and cool things coming to the Heights and love it but am wondering if they're all sustainable at this point.  Then last night on a rare Tuesday when I didn't have to watch the kids, I went out, and the neighborhood restaurants (at least the white oak ones) were crazy busy.  On a Tuesday.  I am always happy to see that much engagement and support for our local eateries, but on the same note I miss being able to walk to your local restaurant and actually find a table to sit at.  So I guess the answer is, no we're not oversaturated.  Yet.

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So many of the new restaurants have hit it out of the park.  Starting with Coltivare, then Southern Goods and the new Treadsack trio, people are coming from all over to dine in the Heights.  So, I do not think the new restaurants run any risk of exceeding demand from the neighborhood because many of the tables are full of people from all over Houston. And there are still a bunch on the way:

Rice Box concept

60 Pioneers

mellow Mushroom

Cane Rosso

Bernie's Burger Bus

Ritual (or whatever it will be called when Ken Bridge figures out what to do with the ill fated "El")

And there is the potential for two full service restaurants at Heights Mercantile, smaller counter service concepts at Yale and 12th, Yale and 14th (old bakery building), and the Studewood development, and possibly a full service restaurant at the old post office building.  We could have a dozen new restaurants in a year from now. 

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A big name restaurant team stepping into the Heights. Arthur Ave Italian American from the Helen Greek people going in at 1111 Studewood. Should be awesome. 

http://www.houstonpress.com/restaurants/team-behind-helen-greek-food-and-wine-gear-up-for-arthur-ave-italian-american-restaurant-in-the-heights-8299192

Los Cucos located in the same building seems to have gotten pretty popular in the last few months. Seemed to be struggling in the beginning but now they are busy on early Monday nights even.

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Cane Rosso is ready to open.  Staffed up, built out and TABC permitted.  But the city can't get around to doing the final water line inspection, so the opening is delayed indefinitely.  This happens way too often with the City.  Lots of favors and red carpet treatment for big developers.  Small operators get every variance denied and inspections drag on for months.  Cane Rosso has asked for help.  Please contact CM Cohen and ask her to contact Public Works to get this business open.  

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The eccentrically apostrophe'd Mels' Seafood Shack appears to be open and serving crawfish (Th-Sun) at 26th and Durham. 

 

 

 

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Re: the Pi Pizza Truck story:  kind of a buried lede that Lee Ellis and Lance Feagan have parted ways. . .

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Lot of pizza in the Heights: Pink's, Alli's, Cane Rosso, Mellow Mushroom, and now Pi.

 

Plus Collina's, Coltivare, and the pies Gelazzi are selling. And I wouldn't be surprised if the new red sauce joint going in on Studewood and 11-1/2 served pizza as well.

 

 

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Maybe we need a Pizza Heights moniker floated around. 

 

I wouldn't call it oversaturation yet, but I do find it a little quirky considering there remain a couple of culinary gaps to be filled in the hood.

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There is also Nundini.

 

I have a feeling that Alli's will transform into part of the new bar on the first floor.  That place will clear out when Mellow and Cane open.

 

Colitvare is not really a pizza place, even though the pizza is amazing.  It takes too much work to get a table there to put it on your list for pizza.  I would bet the same will be true for the new Italian place next to Los Cucos. 

 

I actually think that the Heights needs some good pizza places.  Pink's is just take out.  Collina's is pretty moo when it comes to pizza.  I would rather eat something else when going to Coltivare, Nundini or any other high(er) end place. 

 

 

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2 hours ago, Angostura said:

Lot of pizza in the Heights: Pink's, Alli's, Cane Rosso, Mellow Mushroom, and now Pi.

 

Plus Collina's, Coltivare, and the pies Gelazzi are selling. And I wouldn't be surprised if the new red sauce joint going in on Studewood and 11-1/2 served pizza as well.

 

 

+ Chicago Beef. Use to be the only place around to get deep dish.

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3 hours ago, bedmondson said:

+ Chicago Beef. Use to be the only place around to get deep dish.

 

Chicago Italian Beef's deep-dish pizza is really good. And their thin-crust hand-tossed pizza is no slouch either. 

 

I've been curious about the pizza Gelazzi sells (apparently it's some sort of small-scale franchise agreement with another out-of-town entity?), but the last time I was in the area and in the mood for pizza, I found out that it takes about 45 minutes to prepare once you place your order, and I wasn't able to wait that long that day.

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I've had the deep dish pizza from Gelazzi a couple of times.  It's made by Connies', which is a Chicago pizzeria.  It's really good, but in my opinion not as good as the offerings from Lou Malnati's and Giordano's  in the Windy City. Gelazzi will take phone orders.

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Houstonians familiar with King's Biergarten & Restaurant in Pearland will tell you they go there as much for the lively experience as for the Austrian/German food.

Owners Johann "Hans" Sitter and his son, Philipp Sitter, have managed to create a playful establishment that combines theater with live music and spaetzli (dumplings), liters of beer and Liptauer cheese spread.

 

The family is now ready to grow and will debut King's Bierhaus at 2044 East T.C. Jester.

After five great years serving the Pearland community, my father and I are excited to embark on our first expansion project in the Houston Heights to better serve our loyal fans in Central Houston," Phillip says. "We looked at several neighborhoods inside the Loop, but we landed on The Heights because we feel our concept -- which will include a large outdoor area -- will be best received there. Once we did our due diligence, we knew we had found the perfect location for our new concept."

Philipp's father, Johann, emigrated to Texas from Austria in 1994. In 2009, he converted a carwash into a quaint, 45-seat restaurant with just eight employees. Two years later, King's Biergarten is now a 350-seat beer garden, entertainment venue and eatery with 60 employees.

 

For a city whose restaurateurs routinely open second and third locations in quick succession, Johann has taken a conservative route. Instead of immediately expanding his restaurant to Houston's Inner Loop, he's waited until now, when a 15,000-patron month is common at his Pearland site.

Look for the second location to open sometime this winter.

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/pearland/business/article/Pearland-Kings-Biergarten-houston-heights-bierhaus-7735953.php#photo-10106726

 

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Bistro Zelko is officially out of business.  She is going to open a cafe in the new park in Bellaire that used to be Teas Nursery.  Jamie lives in the Heights and previously said that she would try to find a new location in the neighborhood if she lost the lease.  It might be a while with the new cafe project, but it would be nice to have her come back to the neighborhood with something new.  The landlord claims to have someone lined up to take over the space.  

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It seems like there was news of an Indian restaurant on Heights Blvd in the former Mozelle's sometime ago but I have not heard anything more. Does anyone know more? Or other Indian in the area?

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On 7/25/2016 at 5:09 PM, s3mh said:

http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/First-look-Arthur-Ave-Italian-American-8411958.php#photo-10643302

 

Pretty quick turnaround given how a few others are slogging along.  July 29 opening.

 

2nd gen spaces are generally quicker to open, but this is a pleasant surprise.

 

It's going to be packed. Especially since, as delicious as Helen is, this place looks a lot more approachable. And pretty much every kid loves red sauce.

 

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New restaurant from Rice Box folks has finally gotten underway at the old Chirps Chicken spot on Rutland and 20th.  

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23 hours ago, mcook2002 said:

wow. thats interesting.  

 

They do a nice job downtown (lamb keema taco FTW).  Good add for the 'hood.

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In late July the Salsas Mexican Grill replace the previous Peppers located on Durham and 21st St.  Anyone been?  North of I10, Shepherd seems to get the restaurants while Durham doesn't get any love.

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On Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 9:05 PM, s3mh said:

TABC notice for Fusion Taco at 4706 N Main. 

 

I'm with In the Know Houston. We've been following their expansion since the spring. We finally received a firm confirmation from a source  regarding the expansion and location. However, when we reached out to the owners for additional details, they never responded. We're still waiting... two months now and counting.

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40 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:


That's old news. In the Know Houston alluded to this many months back:

There are rumors swirling the "Lord of Lower Westheimer in The Montrose District," Shawn Bermudez (The Burger Joint, The Golden Grill, Pistolero's and more) is shifting his focus to The Heights. Could there be a 2.0 version of The Burger Joint for #theheights?

https://www.facebook.com/IntheKnowHouston/photos/a.792492207552509.1073741828.792002674268129/793416917460038/?type=3

 

Yeah, but I confirmed it three minutes faster than in the know Houston did!  

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On 9/20/2016 at 3:36 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:


You didn't confirm anything, Houston Chronicle did. You just copied and pasted a link. Whoopie do. I'm simply pointing out that the news isn't new, it's been out there for months. The link posted goes to a Facebook post about this dating back to May.

It's a message board, not a contest.  Lighten up a bit.

 

La Fresca Pizza is moving into where the cookie/yogurt shop was on the Braun strip mall on 20th.  This will be the third location in Houston for this restaurant.

 

Angela's Oven started making pizza on Monday and Tuesday.  I have not been yet, but everyone I know who has tried it is raving.  I always forget about Angela's oven.  Will have to go over for breakfast when the weather finally breaks and get a pizza soon.

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Two new spots coming to 19th Street:

 

1) Indian Restaurant in the new building next to the Ka/Hugs&Donuts/Fat Cat strip center:

http://theheightslifehouston.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-post-youve-all-been-waiting-for.html

https://tarkaindiankitchen.com/

 

2) Bar in the old La Pachanga location at 1235 W 19th.  They have already started on the remodel of the old bar.

http://www.mcintyreshouston.com/

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Moose said:

Two new spots coming to 19th Street:

 

1) Indian Restaurant in the new building next to the Ka/Hugs&Donuts/Fat Cat strip center:

http://theheightslifehouston.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-post-youve-all-been-waiting-for.html

https://tarkaindiankitchen.com/

 

 

 

 

 

End of thread.  Oh, wait.  Bagel shop.  Still need a real bagel shop.

 

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