Note: Story updated below.
A reader sends this photo of the demolition of the 1950s metal warehouses across the street from the former Johnny Franks Auto Parts at the corner of Sawyer and Edwards St. in the First Ward. County records show that both this 1.2-acre lot and the larger 2.4-acre Johnny Franks lot are owned by the same entity: Westheimer Retail Center Ltd., located at 1520 Oliver St. And it just so happens that retail developer Lovett Commercial, also located at 1520 Oliver St., has posted on its website a pair of pretty pictures of a new cafe — at the corner of Sawyer and Edwards!
Lovett describes the cafe as a “[u]nique, column free building with 35-ft. ceilings, outdoor patios and amazing views of downtown.”
Though there would also appear to be amazing views of the Mahatma and Success Rice Company silos, conveniently deleted from these renderings. Still, it’s not clear when — or whether — this development will happen; attempts to contact Lovett for comment haven’t been returned.
Update: A rep from Lovett tells Swamplot that the restaurant will be on the southeast corner of Sawyer and Edwards, directly south of the corner described in this story. Read more here.
- Sawyer and Edwards [Lovett Commercial]
- Previously on Swamplot: Where Have All the Rice Fields Gone?, Preservation Alert: Save the Historic Salvage Yard!