Last December, rumors arose over the closing of Midtown nightlife spot, The Good Life Midtown Bar & Kitchen. A representative for the shuttered bar said it wasn't closed for good, rather undergoing renovations to reopen in 2014.
Eight months later, the once bustling corner of Gray and Webster remains silent, but this tweet from earlier this month says that will soon change. The tweet comes from Gray's Public House. According to its profile and hashtag-riddled tweet, it's a bar whose address of 510 Gray St, Suite D, matches that of vacated The Good Life Midtown Bar & Kitchen.
While plans for the bar are currently under way, they aren't being made by Jeff and Darren Van Delden of the Union Venture Group. The Van Delden brothers of Austin are owners of the The Red Door, former The Good Life Midtown Bar & Kitchen and Saint Genevieve, which closed its doors earlier this year.
So who owns Gray's Public House? Documents found on the Harris County and State Comptroller websites reveal another Austinite as the owner: Ashish Seth. If Seth's name sounds familiar it's because he's behind nightlife hotspots Republic Live and Bungalow in Austin.
Will Gray's Public House revive The Good Life's adult playhouse vibe with its edible cocktails topped with childhood reminiscent cereal? Probably not. The bar will join the new wave of craft beer-centric bars opening soon in Midtown. Look for the largest selection of canned beers, local beers on tap and gastropub fare once Gray's Public House opens in the fall of 2014.
· Gray's Public House [Twitter]
· Gray's Public House [Instagram]
· An Update on The Good Life's Status [-EHOU-]
· Is Midtown's The Good Life Definitely Closed? [-EHOU-]