Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Good bye Ruchi's El Rincon de Mexico late-night Mexican eatery on West Alabama / S Shepherd


1513 West Alabama Street Houston (formerly Ruchis)
Some restaurants close shop more quietly. Here, the neighborhood is being informed rather bluntly of the late-night Mexican eatery's shutdown in the corner spot at W Alabama and Shepherd: CLOSED painted in large red lettering on both street-facing walls. And not even in Spanish. The building faces demolition, victim of the building frenzy in the area. A CVS pharmacy is planned for this site.

Archival photo of Ruchi's El Rincon de Mexico
at the intersection of South Shepherd and West Alabama Street
The space next to the restaurant has long been vacant



Across the street in the Alabama Shepherd Shopping Center, sushi place Onaga Asian Bistro underwent a name change, the second one in the last couple of years or so. Originally, it was Zake. The latest reincarnation is Maiko Bar & Bistro, an Asian fusion concept originating from Austin.  
Onaga Asian Bistro is history too 


Monday, December 29, 2014

Mango's new look at year's end (2014) - Restaurant property at 403 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77006 at Taft Street now wrapped in murals




403 Westheimer Road Houston, TX 77006
What used to be Mango's - New look after restaurant property 
on Lower Westheimer posted for lease.
Mango's new artistically enhanced face 
Mango's with FOR LEASE sign on East-facing painted wall
Taft Street at Westheimer 

Now MAIKO - Sushi restaurant on corner of West Alabama and S Shepherd rebranded once more




Asian Fusion Concept
Maiko Bar and Bistro
ALABAMA-SHEPHERD SHOPPING CENTER
2946 South Shepherd Drive
Houston, TX 77098

Other tenants in same historic building that once housed a movie theater:
Petsmart and Trader Joes'


PREVIOUS RESTAURANTS IN SAME CORNER SPACE
WITH PATIO ALONGSIDE WEST ALABAMA SIDEWALK

ONAGA PAN ASIAN BISTRO (2014)
ZAKE JAPANESE CUISINE (2011)
ZAKE - corner view across W Alabama Street - Whole Earth Provision Co. next door 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

La Casa del Caballo closing - time for El Tiempo to make a go of red corner restaurant spot on Lower Westheimer


Colorful restaurant property on corner of Westheimer at Taft:
La Casa Del Caballo Mexican Steakhouse, Julio's prior to that; soon to become
an El Tiempo Mexican restaurant as the one on Montrose near W Dallas
is closing to make way for residential construction.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Moving Sidewalk and neighboring watering holes on Main


Moving Sidewalk - New Bar on 300 Block of Main
(Goro and Gun formerly in this space w/ sidewalk patio) 
 The current line-up of bars at 300 Main

Little Dipper 
BELOW: Older photos of 300 Block of Main Street
West-side seen across MetroRail tracks 


Southwest corner building (Mia Bella Restaurant)
300 Block of Main Street 


Nightingale Room - New bar on Main


The Nightingale Room on Main

308 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Older photo of old houses with bars/restaurants at street level
in the 300 Block of Main St

El Tiempo - the Montrose location with uncertain future


 1308 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77019

It's been reported that El Tiempo 1308 Cantina will
relocate to the 322 Westheimer, where
La Casa Del Caballo, a Mexican steakhouse, is closing.


New location: El Caso del Caballo (which is closing)
(see photo below)

La Casa del Caballo on Lower Westheimer at Taft is closing 



2703 Montrose Blvd N of Westheimer (formerly Little BIGS location) with patio


 Empty patio in Dec 2014
Little Bigs relocating to bigger space


2703 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX 77006

Doc's Motorworks on Lower Westheimer in Montrose (bar/grill concept from Austin in remodeled Wendy's joint)



1303 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas 77006

Doc's dog-friendly patio 
 Vintage Ford Truck with wooden bumper

Corner of Westheimer and Graustark with Doc's signage and junk truck


Westheimer at Graustark / Montrose District

Another transplant from Austin, where the owners have three locations.


Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos

Houston Streetwise Summer 2015 - Thumbnails of Top Photos
thumbnails of blog post pics Summer 2015

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics

2015 Mosaic of Sample Pics
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