The mark of shuttered Rice Military drinking spot R Bar is now cropping up in the site plan for Kaldis Development’s planned redo of the former Montalbano Tire building (top photo) at 1302 Houston Ave.
Back in March, the signage came down from the sports bar’s previous and now-shuttered location in the L-shaped Memorial Dr. strip center half a mile west of Shepherd, where it mediated between Memorial Park Vision and the dental office of Dr. Catalina C. Johnson:
It now plans to take over the front-parking-lot-fronting portion of the 15,000-sq.-ft. former auto shop — shown behind the pointy awning in the photo at top, which was taken from Dart St.
Some sort of porte-cochère will hang out even after renovations wrap up on the property, in the more rectangular form shown in the rendering below:
To the west along Dart St., a drawing of the elevation shows new windows and black metal siding will go in place of the current Montalbano and Good Year signage:
- 1302 Houston Ave. [LoopNet]
- Previously on Swamplot: Post-Retirement Plan for Montalbano Tire: Restaurant, Retail, Offices