Also making an appearance in this morning’s Demolition Report: the crumbs of East Montrose’s short-lived but storied MuffinMan restaurant. Back in the wacky late summer of ’10, the four-square-turned-duplex at 2310 Converse St. played host to what proprietor Jason Perry modestly claimed to be “the greatest penis shaped muffin restaurant Houston had” (Note: Perry’s description referenced the shape of the muffins, not of the building or its rooms; a 6-ft. sign he posted on the front lawn announced to his neighbors his earnest contention that a “four inch muffin is better than an eight inch cock.”)
After a foreclosure and listing at the beginning of this year, Bank of America sold the property and its 6,182-sq.-ft. lot in March — for around $200K. According to MLS data, it sold again in August, for a price more than $50K higher. Perry’s experiment in opening an under-permitted late-night sobering-up hole had run into resistance from city health and code officials, as well as neighbors. Perry, who apparently owned the property under the name of a corporation, Carlyle Ultra, filed suit against the city in federal court after his restaurant was shut down, claiming the enforcement measures were unconstitutional. This past February, Judge Lynn Hughes threw out the case. A demolition permit for the 1940 building was approved yesterday.
- 2310 Converse St. [HAR; earlier listing]
- Previously on Swamplot: Former East Montrose Home of the MuffinMan Falls on Hard Times, Was It All Just a Dream? Montrose’s MuffinMan Packs It In