Swamplot Street Sleuths: The Smells That Drove the CPAs Away

Got an answer to any of these reader questions? Or just want to be a sleuth for Swamplot? Here’s your chance! Add your report in a comment, or send a note to our tipline.

  • Melrose Place: Waiting in line at the Starbucks drive-thru south of Westheimer, a reader snaps this photo of the former Crome Lounge at 2815 South Shepherd next door, and reports: “It has been vacant as far as I can tell for months if not a year. Now there is renovation going on.” What’s next for the former Fox Diner and Monarch Cleaners building?
  • Galleria: The HBJ‘s Jennifer Dawson reports that ahem, “distracting food smells” from “a fragrant cafeteria” that recently moved onto the same floor as the Houston CPA Society in the office building at 1700 West Loop South are what drove the professional association to leave its offices of 33 years for new digs on Post Oak Blvd. Sadly, the article doesn’t identify the cafeteria or the exact nature of the wafting “spicy aromas” that sent all those accountants packing. Any guesses?


  • Downtown: Reader Emily J. Hurst tweets Swamplot this photo showing the new colors the Houston House Apartments at 1617 Fannin are sporting — along with a couple of questions about the renovations that have been going on there: “It’s a blackout at Houston House. Final color or just the primer? Looks better than pink right?” You wanted more than just rhetorical questions? Send us your rhetorical answers!
  • Downtown: A reader who drives by it every day (apparently without a camera) wants to know what’s going on near the Mission Constructors sign “at the corner of Polk and the 59 feeder (across from the GRB)? They demoed a building there a couple of weeks [ago] and now there is a new construction fence around the property.”

Photos: Swamplot inbox, Younan Properties, Emily J. Hurst

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