You're in luck. Two new lounges from folks behind popular Austin concepts are set to open soon in Houston.
J. Black's (pictured), an upscale lounge that debuted on Austin's West Sixth Street in 2007, is opening at 110 Heights Blvd. The spot on the corner of Washington Avenue was built for, and briefly held, Phil's Texas BBQ. In Austin J. Black's is known for its above-par bites (items like lamb lollipops and crab cakes with remoulade sauce) and extensive wine menu, in addition to creative cocktails. Expect a similar treatment when the newest outpost opens in H-Town.
Over in Midtown, another group from Austin is working on The Dogwood, slated for the 2400 block of Bagby St. The interesting part about this? A shuttered former office building currently sits on the spot, so this is likely to be ground-up construction-right next door to the Midtown Drinkery that could take a little time. If the concept is at all similar to The Dogwood in Austin (4,000-square-foot patio, extensive landscaping, nice fixtures) it will be a nice addition to the already bustling Midtown scene.
Another fun tidbit: The group behind The Dogwood is Carmack Concepts, which runs a number of successful bars in Austin's Market District including Molotov and the Dizzy Rooster. The Womack brothers run Carmack-including Brad Womack, one of the Bachelors from the ABC series. Just an FYI.
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