The glowing parrot and red neon lettering previously decorating the front ofÂ the former Fiesta Mart at 2300 N. Shepherd Dr. have been traded out forÂ a construction fenceÂ and a few streamers ofÂ festive caution tape. A pre-demo permit to disconnect the 1965 building’s plumbing was issued nearÂ the end of May, and a reader snapped the top photo of the site duringÂ a break in Friday’s rain.
The next gig for the 4-and-a-bit acres of landÂ in the Heights dry zone isÂ still up in the air, though the success or failure of the current H-E-B-backed attempt to legalize carry-out beer and wine sales in the area could impact its fate. Clifford Pugh of Culturemap reports that H-E-B hired the campaign strategy company running the current petition-gathering efforts; blockwalkers have been out and aboutÂ gathering the signatures required to call a local option election on the issue for November.
- Previously on Swamplot: H-E-B Would Like To Plant a Store in a Wetter Heights Dry Zone; H-E-B Scoping Out Its Options in the Heights; The Fiesta on N. Shepherd Will Be Shut Down in 17 Days