The plastic hasn’t even been peeled away from the awning, but Blacksmith is open as of yesterday morning. Headed up by Greenway Coffee & Tea’s David Buehrer, the coffee shop is operating out of the popular leather bar Mary’s old building at 1022 Westheimer. A block west of Montrose Blvd., Blacksmith is Lower Westheimer’s second coffee shop to open in the last few months — Southside Espresso went in next to Uchi at the end of October.
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The former Mary’s, shown in its dotage in the photo above, served as a kind of community center for Montrose’s gay residents from its opening in 1972 to its closing in 2009. Citing the Houston ARCH Project, the Houston Press‘s Katherine Shilcutt reports that about 300 memorial services, in which ashes were scattered or buried, were held here, usually on the patio and garden called the Out Back.
Buehrer is leasing the building, which dates from the early 1900s, originally built as a grocery store, from owners Bobby Heugel and Kevin Floyd, who continue their slow monopolization of the specialized gastronomic needs of Lower Westheimer; they’ve invested in the restaurant Underbelly, just across Waugh from Blacksmith, as well as alcohol dispensaries Anvil Bar & Refuge and Hay Merchant.
Blacksmith will feature local pastries and a limited breakfast and lunch menu from former Plonk chef Erin Smith. Greenway Coffee, reports the Houston Press, will maintain its underground burrow in the basement of Greenway Plaza building number 5 — that will now be run by Buehrer’s partner, Ecky Prabanto.
- First Look at Blacksmith, Serving Coffee Where Mary’s Once Served Montrose [Eating Our Words]
- Previously on Swamplot: Restored Mary’s Mural on Westheimer Painted Over Again, The Two New Montrose Coffee Bars Coming to Westheimer