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Take a Quick Peek Inside Bovine & Barley Opening Soon in Downtown

What's behind the window?

Something interesting is brewing behind those covered windows at 416 Main.
Something interesting is brewing behind those covered windows at 416 Main.
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Have you walked by the former El Centro Comida y Copas restaurant on 416 Main and wondered, "what the heck is going on behind those cloaked windows?" Thanks to sharp-eyed readers (and a strategically fallen window covering), you can finally get a glimpse of what could become another Main Street hotspot. Behind the cloaked windows at 416 Main is Michael Collins', co-owner of The Refinery Burgers & Whiskey, upcoming project Bovine & Barley.

Swamplot first reported the upcoming concept this summer but Collins and company have remained tight-lipped on details since. A snapshot taken from outside shows the letter H shining brightly, adorning a brick wall and beneath it, an elevated seating area to the far right. Towards the middle of the restaurant, a bar with a distinctive design imprint and on the countertop, what appears to be taps for beer. The tipster tells Eater Houston that Bovine & Barley looks to be on track to open in early 2015.

According to Bovine & Barley's Facebook, the forthcoming bar is billed as an urban bar and eatery. The name of the restaurant suggests the menu will have a heavy focus on beef and beer. While a number of bars have opened in Downtown's lower Main Street in the last two years, nearly all have been cocktail-centric. It will be interesting to see how Bovine & Barley will fare against the more established Flying Saucer three blocks away. If bars serving upscale craft cocktails next to one another can make it, there's a good chance Bovine & Barley will have some longevity. Then again, many said the same of Goro & Gun before shutting its doors this summer.

Bovine & Barley

416 Main street, , TX 77002 (832) 742-5683 Visit Website