The bar taking over for Downtown’s shuttered State Bar and Lounge opened quietly yesterday. That’s pretty good timing for a new establishment in an older haunt that’s a flight up from street level: Lawless Kitchen and Spirits is now serving food and drink on the second floor and over-the-sidewalk perch of the Rice Lofts building, carved from the former Rice Hotel at the corner of Texas Ave. and Travis St.
Here’s the streetside balcony, a suitable platform for viewing traffic, parades, flooding, or anything else of interest —from a safe distance above ground:
In a downpour, though, you’ll still have views:
Lawless is owned by the operators of the restaurant downstairs, Sambuca. But it sports entirely different food and drink menus.
- Sneak peek at bar replacing famed downtown lawyer watering hole [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Rice Hotel’s Storied State Bar, a Favorite Among Lawyers, Will Soon Turn into a Lawless Kitchen; That Bar on the Rice Hotel Balcony Is Closing
Photos: Lawless Kitchen and Spirits