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On 5/9/2006 at 11:09 AM, shady 75 said:

My wife and I love the Heights area and have enjoyed our first year living here. One thing that we wonder about though is the lack of restaurant diversity in the area. We enjoy the new Thai Spice quite a bit...but find ourselves having to go to Montrose or Rice Village if we ever want anything other than a burger, sandwich, chinese food or pizza.

It seems like recently the Heights just started getting some new restaurants outside of the same old lines. We love Onion Creek...but Dry Creek, 6th St. Bar & Grill, etc. all serve up the same burger and fry options.

For example we love Indian food as many of our friends do in the area but it seems as if no Indian restaurants are venturing into the area. Just more burger joints.

 

 

Obviously a lot has changed in the 10 years since this thread started, but the observation about burgers, chinese and pizza is still relevant.  A handful of recent and upcoming openings: Cane Rosso, Mellow Mushroom, Luna, Pi, Alli's, La Fresca, Bernie's, The Burger Joint and the Rice Box.

 

 

 

 

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On 9/23/2016 at 10:27 PM, On to the Next One said:

Wow.  A ton of good news for the North Shepherd/Durham and Shady Acres area.  That area is really getting attention from bars, restaurants, shops, etc.  Can't blame them.  The market is strong in that area.  Shepherd/Durham from I-10 to 610 is PRIME for redevelopment.

 

You have demand on one side, and supply on the other. As the dirt underneath them gets more valuable, the used car lots are getting property-taxed out of the market. Similar thing is happening with a lot of the warehouse/light industrial property along Yale. Unlike most owner-occupied residential property, commercial and industrial appraisals aren't capped at 10%/year. This, combined with our lack of zoning, has really accelerated land-use conversion in gentrifying neighborhoods.

 

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48 minutes ago, Angostura said:

 

 

You have demand on one side, and supply on the other. As the dirt underneath them gets more valuable, the used car lots are getting property-taxed out of the market. Similar thing is happening with a lot of the warehouse/light industrial property along Yale. Unlike most owner-occupied residential property, commercial and industrial appraisals aren't capped at 10%/year. This, combined with our lack of zoning, has really accelerated land-use conversion in gentrifying neighborhoods.

 

Braun just bought 2410 N. Shep.  Seems to be in anticipation of HEB and all the tenants who like to be next to an HEB.  As for zoning, pshaw.  Dallas, San Antonio and Austin have seen very rapid gentrification that is just as rapid and often more vigorous that Houston despite zoning.  

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On 9/9/2016 at 5:27 PM, IntheKnowHouston said:

 

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.

Build out is underway with Fusion Taco identified as the occupant on the building permit.  No doubt about it at this point.

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Word on the streets is the Ken Bridge of Delicious Concepts has sold all his restaurants (Pink's Pizza, Lola, Shepherd Park, Ritual) minus the Republic Diner + Sojubang to a new entity.

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2 hours ago, s3mh said:

http://www.crains.com/article/news/snooze-am-wants-take-over-breakfast-houston

 

Snooze signs lease in the Heights for another Houston location.  No info on where. People in Montrose love to line up for this restaurant.  

 

Let the reckless speculation begin!

 

I'll start: 7th and Yale or 18th and Shepherd. Or maybe 24th and Shepherd.

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59 minutes ago, Esther said:

I'm for 18th and Shepherd too. Having said that, I have never really felt that Houston's lacked diversity of any sort, and I think that its reputation as an ethnic and cultural hub grows stronger each year.

 

This thread started ten years ago when there were only a few restaurants in the Heights.  The thread has been become an ongoing way to post about restaurant openings.  The title of the thread persists because of the irony that not long ago we all lamented that the Heights had so few places to eat out.

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Ahead of Super Bowl LI, a very useful round-up of noteworthy upcoming Houston restaurants, a number of which are in the Heights (or nearby), including:

 

- Heugel/Yu concept at 6th & Yale

- FM Burger on Shepherd

- Presidio on 11th (former Java Java)

- Starfish on Heights (former Bradley's)

- Field and Tides on 1th (former Zelko)

- Pinkerton's Barbecue on Airline (former Cappelini)

- King's Bierhaus on TC Jester

- Bernie's Burger Bus at 22nd & Yale

- Rice Box on 20th (former Chirp's)

- Heights Bier Garten/Wooster's Annex at 14th & Shepherd

- Mellow Mushroom on Shepherd

 

My guess is that, of these, 6 or maybe 7 actually open before the Super Bowl.

 

 

 

 

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We Olive (www.weolive.com) the wine bar/olive oil retailer has finally pulled permits and started building out the old 18 Hand Gallery location on 19th street.  They posted a TABC notice back in February, but the storefront sat empty for months with no activity until now.

 

 

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Under the "saw it coming a mile away" file, Alli's pizzaria is closing and will be subsumed by Harold's Tap Room.

http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/12-07-16-heights-restaurant-ditches-pizzeria-to-expand-popular-Tap-Room-bar/

Under the same file, Black and White is out of business, but claiming to be retooling for a revised concept despite a rent lock out and wage claims.

http://houston.eater.com/2016/12/7/13866058/black-and-white-closed-employees-owed-money

i have to say that hindsight is not 20/20 when it comes to that location.  At the time Killen was ready to open a steak house in that location, the landlord could not reach a deal with him on a lease.  Four years later and the location has only had a tenant open for just over a year.  

Pinkerton BBQ opens with regular business hours this weekend.  

 

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Noticed that the spot at 2626 White Oak has filed for a TABC permit. The name on the application is "The Ready Room", under the ownership of 2626 White Oak LLC, which is shown to be owned by Ken Bridge, of Delicious Concepts.

 

Apparently this spot used to be Roeder's Pub... 

 

 

 

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24 minutes ago, andre154 said:

Noticed that the spot at 2626 White Oak has filed for a TABC permit. The name on the application is "The Ready Room", under the ownership of 2626 White Oak LLC, which is shown to be owned by Ken Bridge, of Delicious Concepts.

 

Apparently this spot used to be Roeder's Pub... 

 

 

 

 

 

The tentatively named "The Ready Room" has had a TABC permit for 2626 White Oak Drive for at least two or three years.

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On 12/14/2016 at 10:00 AM, andre154 said:

Noticed that the spot at 2626 White Oak has filed for a TABC permit. The name on the application is "The Ready Room", under the ownership of 2626 White Oak LLC, which is shown to be owned by Ken Bridge, of Delicious Concepts.

 

Back in my young and skinny days, it was The Ready Room (or perhaps Reddy Room), with Milton Hopkins as the house band on Fridays (or maybe Saturdays, or both) (back then we were not as... shall we say... restrained in our habits, so particulars get a little vague).  Good ol' roots Houston R & B, and his backup singers could really belt it out.  

 

Since the previous incarnation had a level of cleanliness that rivaled Lola's (the bar on Fairview, not the restaurant on 11th), eating wasn't something you did there.  It'll be interesting to see what turns out this time.

 

 

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20 hours ago, s3mh said:

 

 

Yes, opening that many concepts in a year is a strain on resources, especially since, given how long it takes to get a restaurant permitted, there is a lot of cash drain before you see your first dollar in revenue. But putting your nanny and a bunch of family members on corp payroll, especially when the company is almost certainly cash flow negative, is super shady.

 

Sounds like they had a lot of OPM (other people's money), but not quite enough.

 

Based on their typical reservation availability, Bernadine's is almost certainly making money, and Hunky Dory is probably at least breaking even. Canard seemed to be doing pretty brisk business on the times I had been there, but probably not enough to cover the cost of the entire leased space (operationally, Canard/FC was basically a single space). I'm not a frequent enough visitor to JGB to judge.

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There is a little crepe restaurant on W18th and Yale next door to the super hero costume shop.  Pretty basic menu of sweet and savory crepes. But with all the high end stuff piling into the neighborhood, something new that is small, quick, cheap and easy is nice to have.

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Presidio is opening this weekend.  They had a few soft opening dinners this week.  

 

There is a new little crepe restaurant over by the comic/superhero store on Yale and 18th.  It is the same guy who was selling Moroccan oils in the same spot.   

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The wife and I tried La Fresca Pizza on 20th for lunch last week and it was very good.  They make the pizzas across a counter from you, kind of like making your sandwich at Subway, so you can pick exactly and how much of each ingredient that you want.  Good crust, fresh toppings, we'll definitely go back.

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http://www.chron.com/entertainment/restaurants-bars/article/Texas-catfish-restaurant-Flying-Fish-to-debut-in-10946172.php

 

Another Dallas chain coming to Houston.  What is notable is the owner's intention to harvest catfish out of Buffalo Bayou.  He frames it as a #MAGA struggle against government regulators.  But I think that the greater concern should be the fact that Buffalo Bayou has some of the highest bacteria counts of any waterway in Texas.  

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On 12/14/2016 at 10:26 AM, IntheKnowHouston said:

 

 

The tentatively named "The Ready Room" has had a TABC permit for 2626 White Oak Drive for at least two or three years.

Spoke to someone who works at Ritual and they said they plan on returning it to a live music venue. Will have live jazz and high end cocktails. Planning on being open in a couple months...

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On ‎5‎/‎3‎/‎2017 at 8:46 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:


Warehouse Bar and Chill closed some months ago. According to Houstonia, Gary Mosely and the Creek Group purchased it.

 

Cactus Cove: This forthcoming bar and grill, tentatively named Cactus Cove, is one of several new concepts on the horizon from the Creek Group (Onion Creek Cafe, Cedar Creek Cafe, Lowbrow). Details are hush-hush for now, but look for the eatery to take over the former Warehouse Bar & Chill in the Timbergrove neighborhood.



https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2017/5/1/houston-restaurants-to-get-excited-for

Interesting.  Gary has the magic touch so I'm sure it will be a success.  The WB&C people didn't have a clue to what they were doing.

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17 hours ago, JCR said:

Another Heights restaurant closure coming up!

 

Shade and Glass Wall are closed.  Both are being retooled.  Shade will be "Alice Blue", a more trendy venue.  Glass Wall will try a more casual concept.  

 

Something has got to give at Treadsack.  Graham Laborde jumped ship.  Bernadine's was his creation and he got his dad involved in propping up the restaurant when everything hit the fan.  Richard Knight left Hunky Dory and it has not been the same.  I doubt that those concepts can survive too long without big talent in the kitchen.  And no big name chef is going to come on board until the company emerges from bankruptcy.  A bit of a catch 22.  

 

https://houston.eater.com/2017/5/15/15641640/treadsack-chefs-leaving-graham-laborde-richard-knight

 

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47 minutes ago, s3mh said:

 

Shade and Glass Wall are closed.  Both are being retooled.  Shade will be "Alice Blue", a more trendy venue.  Glass Wall will try a more casual concept.  

 

Something has got to give at Treadsack.  Graham Laborde jumped ship.  Bernadine's was his creation and he got his dad involved in propping up the restaurant when everything hit the fan.  Richard Knight left Hunky Dory and it has not been the same.  I doubt that those concepts can survive too long without big talent in the kitchen.  And no big name chef is going to come on board until the company emerges from bankruptcy.  A bit of a catch 22.  

 

https://houston.eater.com/2017/5/15/15641640/treadsack-chefs-leaving-graham-laborde-richard-knight

 

 

Looks like those restaurants will likely close.

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21 hours ago, JCR said:

Another Heights restaurant closure coming up!

This one at the end of the month.

 

An additional closure is the Taquito Rico on Main and Pecore also at the end of this month.  The building owner has other plans for that lot.  The business owner will have a taco truck in the same area at some point.

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