The biggest eye-level change to the former Social Junkie restaurant building is the one shown over the Acura in the photo at top. And while it’s definitely less of a statement than its predecessor — a nod to the Texas Real Estate & Co. office across the parking lot — what exactly it means is more of a mystery. Renovators are still putting the finishing touches on the structure — blackwashed earlier this year — so the lettering could just be a sign of things to come.
Or maybe it’s there to stay, like the 2 Shell Shack signs and adjacent menu teasers that went up not long ago beneath the butterfly roof:
Those fixtures are more typical of the chain’s existing restaurants scattered around the DFW area.
Upon making its Houston debut, this location will be the fifth under the Shell Shack name, and the fourth food service provider at 2412 Washington in recent memory, following in the footsteps of Pig Stand No. 7, Sawyer Park, and Social Junkie most recently — which made its own mark on the opposite parking lot, to the east:
That theming has been removed as part of the changes.
- Previously on Swamplot: Washington Ave’s Social Junkie Reaches the End Zone; ‘Sports Bar with Class’ Replacing Sports Bar on Washington Ave; When Pigs Fly: Sawyer Sportsbar Gets Its Wings; The Pig’s New Gig: Sawyer Sportsbar