Houston coffee expert brews new cafe and roastery in hip Heights district

For some people, drinking coffee is a daily habit — as long as it’s hot and delivers a sufficient caffeine hit, they’re happy. Other may go a step beyond by grinding their beans fresh every morning or buying a certain drink from the same shop every morning.

True coffee disciples obsess over every detail. They make it their career. Not just by becoming a barista, but by learning how to roast raw coffee beans and traveling around the world to source the best ingredients.

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Anna BeyerleHouston Heights, Retail
Hickory Hollow to Shutter: Inner Loop chicken fried steak favorite prepares to say farewell after 31 years

In the conversation about where to go for Houston’s best chicken fried steak, one restaurant pops up again and again: Hickory Hollow. And why not? The restaurant has been serving them for 41 years at its Fallbrook location in northwest Houston and for over 31 years at its Heights Boulevard location just off Washington Avenue.

February 2019 will be a sad day for fans of the Heights location. Owner Tony Riedel has sold the property to local real estate developer Braun Enterprises, who plans to find a new tenant for the space. The Fallbrook location will remain open, and the restaurant plans to consolidate its successful catering business there, too.

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Braun Enterprises puts urban office brand in Heights redevelopment

Houston-based Braun Enterprises has ventured into San Antonio with the acquisition of 84 NE Loop 410, also known as the Century Building.

The four-story, 187,000-square-foot building sits on 10 acres at Loop 410 at U.S. 281. Additional retail space and parking could be added to accommodate restaurants and stores, the company said.

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Braun Enterprises takes redevelopment formula to San Antonio with latest purchase

Houston-based Braun Enterprises has ventured into San Antonio with the acquisition of 84 NE Loop 410, also known as the Century Building.

The four-story, 187,000-square-foot building sits on 10 acres at Loop 410 at U.S. 281. Additional retail space and parking could be added to accommodate restaurants and stores, the company said.

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Rumor No More: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken Opens Houston Location (Update)

Update: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken officially opened its Houston location May 7 after holding soft opening hours over the weekend, according to Eater Houston. The company's website lists store hours for the Houston location — at 1815 Washington Ave. — as 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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Exclusive: Houston Developer Acquires Garden Oaks Facility

The Houston-based development company, known best for buying old inner Loop properties and turning them into viable mixed-use developments, acquired the former Aztec Rentals Center at 2001 W. 24th St. in Garden Oaks. Braun Enterprises plans to develop 20,100 square feet of retail on 2.06 acres and earmarked the remaining 3.46 acres for unspecified development. A construction timeline wasn't provided.

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HHA Recognizes the Lifeblood of Houston Heights at the 44th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner

The 44th Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner & Community Improvement Awards took place on February 25, 2018 at the Houston Heights City Hall & Fire Station. Emceed by HHA President Bill Baldwin, much of the event was rightfully spent honoring not only current Houston Heights stand-outs but also beloved leaders of past generations. Bill opened the ceremony saying, “We only have such a bright future ahead because of the legwork done in the past by those before us. Our neighborhood is more intact because of these individuals, and we have to work to preserve that.”

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Montrose Bar's Swanky Renovations To Start Soon

If there was an award for Houston's busiest urban core redeveloper, Braun Enterprises just might take home the gold.

The Houston-based developer shared its plans to renovate 1617 Richmond, home to the popular sports bar Revelry on Richmond and just over 5,000 square feet of available retail, restaurant and patio space in the Montrose area. Demolition has already begun at the property and construction should kick off in 60 days, Braun's Zach Wolf told the Houston Business Journal. From there, the renovations should wrap up in three or four months.

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Popular Vegan Food Truck Rolls into The Heights for New Brick and Mortar Restaurant

Over the past few years, the number of restaurants in The Heights keeps growing. A neighborhood that once only had a few dining options now offers choices to suit almost any taste. On Tuesday, one of Houston’s most popular food trucks revealed that it’s joining the growing movement. Ripe Cuisine, the vegan truck from chef-owner Stephanie Hoban, announced on Facebook that it will open a restaurant at Braun Enterprise’s Heights Waterworks development.

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