From beneath yesterday’s sunset glare off the new Big Tex Storage midrise on Richmond Ave, a reader captured the splintery wreckage of long-empty Cierra Interiors at the corner with Woodhead St.Â Plans to stick a new Starbucks in its place were submitted back in early NovemberÂ by an entity connected toÂ experienced Starbucks constructor Vaquero Ventures, and the knockoutÂ of the building was officially sanctioned just before Christmas.Â Next door, the landÂ opened up by Vaquero’s teardown of the pair of 2-story brick 4-plexesÂ at 1823 and 1827 Richmond back in AugustÂ looks to be marked for another Inner Loop outpost of oil change chainÂ Take 5.
And one more door eastward, the former Ruthie’s Place on RichmondÂ looks to be headed for new use by strip-centerÂ gelato shopÂ Sweetcup, per some early-stage permits issued in November that note a bar-to-ice-cream-shop conversion. Sweetcup bought theÂ building at 1829 Richmond in September after the bar’s early 2016 shutdown (in the wake of the passing of long-time former owner Ruth Vardilos). Here’s a shot of the whole corner taken inÂ August, shortly after the apartment removal, showing Ruthie’s tucked next to Ely’s Beauty Salon on the far right:
- Previously on Swamplot: Daily Demolition Report: Rivercrushed; Big Tex Montrose Self-Storage Now Open on Former Freaky Foods Lot; Daily Demolition Report: Extremely Balzy
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