Hey, wasn’t that mural on the side of the former Mary’s bar recreated with great effort just last year? As of last night, it’s been covered over — except for a bit of blue painting tape that’s allowing the red border underneath to reappear. What happened?
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Landlord Bobby Heugel — who’s getting ready to open his craft-beer-and-off-pig-parts venue, Hay Merchant, across the street in the revamped former Chances Bar space this Wednesday — tells Swamplot a letter came in from the City of Houston “requiring us to remove all graffiti from the building formerly known as Mary’s. We felt that painting the entire building at this time was necessary to meet these demands,” he continues. “However, we feel that Mary’s has always been a venue for social expression, and we plan to develop an outlet for this expression on the wall where the mural once was.”
The recreated leather-and-pool scene on the side of the former gay bar was meant to remain on the building only for a month or so after the annual Houston Pride Parade, Heugel announced last year. David Buehrer and Ecky Prabanto’s Blacksmith Coffee Bar is planning to open in the space at 1022 Westheimer late this spring or early summer, Heugel says. But the mural may not be gone from the Montrose street scene forever. “It will be put in another place soon,” a mural fan declares to Swamplot. “Maybe multiple locations.”
- Previously on Swamplot: The Two New Montrose Coffee Bars Coming to Westheimer, Mary’s Westheimer Mural: Playing Montrose Again for a Limited Time Only