Now on its way to a portion of the Village Arcade building on Amherst that La Madeleine restaurant abandoned last March: Shop Rice Owls, a clothing and merchandise store selling exclusively Rice University gear. The 1,071-sq.-ft. off-white-walled space beneath the rooftop Rice Village parking garage was once the east end of La Madeleine’s space on the corner of Amherst and Kirby. A partly-built Shack Shake has since taken over the French bakery’s former home — but not all of it, leaving room for the off-campus store to squeeze in between the back side of the fast-food spot and the staircase leading up to the garage.
A view looking east down Amherst shows more renovated storefronts lining the street to the right of the stairs, in place of the black-awninged brick building that stood on the block before 2016:
The garage’s Kelvin St. staircase — just around the corner on the left — is the location where a flock of metal owls perched last February.
- Previously on Swamplot: Rice Village La Madeleine Will Shut Down Sunday for Shake Shack-ification; Parking Meters Sprout in Rice Village for February Switchup; Owls, Giant Aluminum Owl Origami Now Stationed Watchfully by Rice Village Parking Garage Entrance; Before-ish and After Views of the Rice Village Design Overhaul Now Underway on University Blvd.; Shake Shack Will Take Over La Madeleine’s Rice Village Space; Bricks Turn White in the Rice Village as Arcade Makeover Unfolds; Shake Shack Will Take Over La Madeleine’s Rice Village Space
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