Writing in the River Oaks Examiner, Cynthia Lescalleet has a few updates on the River Oaks Shopping Center. Here’s what Swamplot has pieced together:
- That well-trafficked space across the atrium from The Gap on the south side of West Gray will soon have a new tenant. Yes, this is the spot previously occupied by clothing retailer Harold Powell (whose parent company, Harold’s Stores, declared bankruptcy in November). Before that, it was occupied by M. King Interiors (which skipped out in the night a few years earlier, according to reports), before that Mesa Restaurant (ditto), and apparently way before that a restaurant called XIT. A new 6,200-sq.-ft. Mutual of Omaha Bank will be moving into the space soon.
- Meanwhile, across the street, Barnes & Noble will be opening in its brand hulking new building around October 1st.
- Weingarten is currently in talks with an unnamed restaurant about leasing the entire second floor of the new replacement building at the northeast corner of Shepherd and West Gray — a deal that is “set to close in July.” Tony Vallone had planned to open an Italian restaurant in that space last year. A compromise with neighbors quieted a battle over that space’s balcony, which faces Shepherd.
- According to b4-u-eat, shuttered Chinese restaurant Café Le Jadeite came back to life earlier this week, with “new owners, management team, and menu, plus a new sushi bar in the cocktail lounge.”
Photo of River Oaks Shopping Center: Flickr user Vanita