Here are a couple renderings from the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture in Austin of the new 3-story building the firm is designing for the corner spot at 2132 Bissonnet St. in Boulevard Oaks. A representative of the Platform Group, the building’s developer, tells Swamplot an “all-day cafe/coffee shop” is being planned for the ground floor, and that the upper 2 floors will contain “boutique office space.” The cafe won’t be a Gringo’s Tex-Mex, but the developers do have a connection to that restaurant chain: The Platform Group is headed by a son and daughter-in-law of Gringo’s owner Russell Ybarra.
In the top rendering, the 11,300-sq.-ft. building is shown lining Shepherd Dr., with an L-shaped parking lot wrapping around it. A patio with outdoor seating will go in front of the structure along Bissonnet St. The Houston office of SWA Group is designing the landscape.
Here are views of the current site from similar angles:
Burton Construction is expected to begin work on the building in November, after the shuttered 4949 Convenience Store — previously a Sunrise Grocery — still standing on the site completes its run as an art venue and demolition installation.
- Previously on Swamplot: Demolition Inside the 4949 Convenience Store at Bissonnet and Shepherd Is Proceeding Extremely Slowly; Boulevard Oaks’s 4949 To Be 86’d by Gringo’s Mexican Kitchen’s Owner
Renderings: The Platform Investment Group. Photos: Chase Daniel