Up on the docket for the White Oak Village redevelopment of the Evergreen Center shopping plaza at Antoine Dr. and W. Little York Rd.: the underway conversion of a long-empty drive-thru bank into a bike-and-drive-thru branch of Houston raspa-smoothie-snack shop Raspado Xperts. The structure sits at 5647 W. Little York on the north side of the complex, right between O’Reilly Auto Care and that eastern strip getting turned around to face White Oak Bayou and its hiking-and-biking enthusiasts.
A rep from Nankani Management claims that the raspa shop will be the first bike-thru business in Houston, and one of only 5 officially Bicycle Friendly businesses in the city (per a designation from the League of American Bicyclists). The shop is hanging on to the bank’s original bulletproof glass side wall and teller shield, which are becoming walls of the restaurant’s kitchen:
A spot for wheel-bereft customers to order has been added on the far right in the photo above; the shop will also have spots for bike parking. Here’s the current view from the other side of the glass:
No staring: The behind-the-scenes scene will be papered over by the restaurant’s menus as construction wraps up. Here’s another shot of the building captured on a sunnier day last week, with a glimpse of the redeveloping bayou-side building visible to the east through the foli-and-sign-age:
- Locaciones [Raspado Xperts]
- Previously on Swamplot: Bayou-Side White Oak Village Hopes To Woo Cyclists, Ninja Warriors, Coffee Shop to Antoine Dr.
Photos: Joanna Laufer