The pointy building rendered above (and shown here as well in an intermediate building stage last year, as construction began at 520 Westheimer Rd.) has just been confirmed this week as the planned site of Paul Qui’s rumored Houston restaurant, to be called Aqui.Â The depiction of the restaurant by lower-case Austin design firm a parallel architecture (the same firm that designed Qui’s then-eponymous spotÂ in Austin) wasÂ spotted by a reader at the site early last March, shortly before Qui picked up a couple ofÂ drug and assault misdemeanor chargesÂ which tackedÂ a question mark onto theÂ timeline of future plans and openings.
Following the chef’s rehab stint, Qui Restaurant in Austin has since closed and reopened as Kuneho;Â the self-describedÂ former-drug-dealer-turned-James-Bearded-Top-Chef-champ hinted at his connection to the building at 520 Westheimer on social mediaÂ a few days ago. The spot is wedged between Indika and The Cat Doctor.
- Itâ€™s Official: Austin Chef Paul Qui Is Opening A Restaurant In Houston [Eater Houston]
- Previously on Swamplot:Â What the Architects of Austinâ€™s Qui Have in Mind for the Lot Next Door to Indika on Westheimer