A Museum District Restaurant Conversion Cut Short

A MUSEUM DISTRICT RESTAURANT CONVERSION CUT SHORT How far along did Randy Rucker get turning the 3,624-sq.-ft. former doctors’ office directly behind the Asia Society Texas Center into a restaurant — before the plug was pulled? Restaurant conāt will not be opening at 5219 Caroline St., the lone holdout on the Museum District block demolished for architect Yoshio Taniguchi’s first freestanding new building in the U.S., which opened officially earlier this month. Rucker writes he’ll “continue to search for a location to help give life to restaurant conat & make it a reality”; he’d been working on the project with pastry chef Chris Leung. The partnership with building owner Balcor Commercial, announced last August, has been called off. [29-95; previously on Swamplot] Photo: Candace Garcia

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  • Bummer. Would have been great for the neighborhood.

  • This guy has closed an awful lot of restaurants… may be a great chef, but not someone that strikes me as being all that great at the big-picture things. IMHO,

  • That sucks…I’m tired of driving out of the nabe everytime I want good food. I hope someday soon we’ll have night life, restaurants and retail nearby.

  • @Superdave: Then we’d have a real city. Frightening, right?

  • I work in the area and walk by this building almost daily. One day I noticed a new TBAC sign in the window stating the owners were applying for a liquor license. The next day it was gone. At that point I knew something went awry. Such a shame.

    It looks like a great building to outfit as a restaurant, especially with some outdoor seating.