The only thing that could make the Heights any more 50's-retro quaint is a Chevy Bel Air to shuttle locals to and from the vintage shops on 19th Street. The next best thing? A farm-to-market "general store" and restaurant set in the Harold's in the Heights retail center. This October, the Heights will have just that, as the Heights General Store opens with and in-house restaurant and unique shopping setting.
Antoine Ware will be the executive chef at the restaurant and will likely add interest to this project, since he's already well-known around town. Ware has worked alongside Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd at now-defunct Catalan, he enjoyed a stint at Washington Corridor's The Federal Grill, and he's perhaps most popular for heading the kitchen at craft beer mecca Hay Merchant, where he helped launch that establishment's first menu. This new project seems like somewhat of a departure; it's clear that the Heights General Store is determined to deliver much more than just groceries. The first floor will operate primarily as the shopping area but will feature a deli, juice bar, prepared foods section and pizza oven as well as an eating area. The second floor will house the actual restaurant with full kitchen, bar area, private dining room, indoor seating and outdoor rooftop dining space.
This establishment will also welcome customers to enjoy a glass of wine while shopping, but they'll have to enlist as members of a private club (Harold's Club) before they can enjoy the boozy experience, since the Heights is dry. Also opening in this retail center is Houston's third Torchy's Tacos, which is scheduled to open on the 26th of this month.
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Antoine Ware [Photo by Julie Soefer via Hay Merchant/Flickr]