Rumor no more: Ronnie Killen's new restaurant will be inside the Loop

Hickory Hollow may have closed its location at 101 Heights Blvd., but the building that housed the beloved restaurant will continue to serve legendary chicken fried steaks. They’ll just be served by one of Houston’s most acclaimed chefs.

Ronnie Killen, Houston’s king of meat, has leased the property from local real estate developer Braun Enterprises for a new concept he’s simply calling Killen’s. It will be the chef’s first restaurant within the Loop and his second inside the Houston city limits. Over the weekend, Killen floated the possibility of opening in a restaurant in the space on social media; in actuality, he's had his eye on the property for months and completed the deal on Friday.  

Read More
Ronnie Killen to open in former Hickory Hollow space

Ronnie Killen's restaurant empire, which has a sizable following for its command of steaks, barbecue and burgers, is growing again. The pitmaster who put Pearland on the nation's barbecue map with Killen's Barbecue, teased on social media Sunday that the former Hickory Hollow space at 101 Heights would be a good place for the next Killen's venture.

Read More
Braun Enterprises looks to Long Point for next retail project

Braun Enterprises will launch a redevelopment of a 1960s era shopping on Long Point Drive aimed at bringing new retail and creative offices suites to the Spring Branch neighborhood.

The Houston company purchased the 70,000-square-foot shopping center at 8141 Long Point from Long Point Partners and renamed it Spring Branch Village. The planned redevelopment is to include a mix of restaurants, fitness, salon and other tenants.

Read More
Braun Enterprises acquires Spring Branch shopping center, plans redevelopment

Houston-based Braun Enterprises has scooped up another shopping center for a major redevelopment project, and future tenants are already inking leases. 

The 5-acre property, at 8141 Long Point Road in the heart of the Spring Branch neighborhood, contains roughly 70,000 square feet of retail space built around 1960, according to the Harris County Appraisal District. Its appraised value was nearly $4.56 million for 2018, per HCAD. 

Read More
Braun Enterprises buys office/retail complex near Galleria

Houston-based Braun Enterprises purchased an office and retail complex on a prime parcel along West Alabama just west of the Galleria.

The deal was announced by HFF, which marketed the property for Wedge Properties Management Corp.

The 196,000-square-foot property at 5353 and 5373 West Alabama, presents an opportunity for Braun Enterprises to renovate, rebrand and restock with new tenants serving both the neighborhood and office occupants.

Read More
Washington Ave. coworking tenant above Julep revealed

The tenant for the Washington Avenue corridor's first dedicated coworking space has been revealed.

Washington Office Co. signed a seven-year lease for just over 8,000 square feet at 1919 Washington Ave., according to previous HBJ reporting and building permits filed with the city of Houston. Washington Office Co. will open at 1919 Washington Ave. by February 2019, Matt Arceneaux, the founder of Washington Office Co., told the Houston Business Journal.

Read More
Braun Enterprises reveals plan for San Antonio mixed-use redevelopment

Around six months after acquiring an office property in San Antonio, Houston-based Braun Enterprises has finalized its plans to redevelop the property into a mixed-use development with retail offerings.

Braun Enterprises will redevelop the 187,000-square-foot office building at 84 NE Loop 410 to include just over 20,000 square feet of retail across two buildings, per Braun's marketing materials.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
Braun Enterprises puts urban office brand in Heights redevelopment

Houston-based Braun Enterprises unveiled plans to put its new brand of urban office space at its 2522 Yale redevelopment in the Heights. Additionally, F45 Training has signed up as a second retail tenant in the project.

F45 Training will occupy 3,000 square feet in a new fitness studio adjoining Bishops salon. Braun Enterprises is building out the space and will deliver it to tenants by October.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More
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.

Read More