How a Heights Salon and Cleaners Building Might Look Once It’s Been Burgerized

Davis Commercial is showing images of a renovated building on the corner of 11th St. and Rutland in hopes of enticing a burger-flipping collective or something similar to take over the space. Q St. Salon & Boutique shared the 2,712-sq.-ft. building behind the parking-lot gazebo with Heights Discount Dry Cleaners until the latter closed down last year. A bungalow that now sits adjacent to Q St.’s spot to the west (hidden behind the building in the photo at top) is excised from the renderings.

The rendering above shows the building’s windows wiped clean of advertisements for laundry deals and extended to the ground. New awnings are shown in place of the blue vinyl ones now covering the storefronts at 402 W. 11th.

An 800-sq.-ft. patio is also planned for the building’s frontage along 11th St.:


Extra parking spaces are shown to the west of the building.

Photo: Heidi H. Renderings: Davis Commercial

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  • Looks like a more yup-friendly version of Someburger.

  • Next up, conceptual renderings showing McDonald’s transforming into a discount dry cleaners followed by a report of bungalows being demolished for a new McDonald’s.

  • It looks like one of those remakes/mistakes of a modestly historic building that decades from now those with a keen eye will be silently insulting.

  • More parking up and down the neighborhood streets.

  • Hey they’ve already done most of the hard work for you, aspiring burger restaurateurs!

  • I live less than a block from there, which is also very near Eight Row Flint and the upcoming place that is being built where the trailer park was. I think that having restaurant patrons park in front of neighborhood houses has helped reduce the opportunistic crime because there are a lot of restaurant patrons / valets coming and going. It also reduces the speed of the pickup trucks and SUVs cutting down the side streets from 45 to 25 MPH.
    Stuff like this won’t affect my parking situation because my garage opens up to an alley – which is proper way to do things in the Heights.
    So bring on the burgers!

  • Burger Bar is the new Bork.

  • Uggh, Peebody, give it a rest with the “someone might park in front of my house” BS.
    Three-fourths of the lot will be dedicated to parking. Is that not enough for you? They’re knocking down two existing structures to give people more space to store their cars. Maybe if we didn’t dedicate half the land area in the neighborhood to parking, people would actually walk or bike to their local burger place instead of driving.
    And, frankly, I’d like to see MORE parking on neighborhood streets. Especially 11th. It’d slow traffic a little and make it safer to cross.

  • @Angustura THANK YOU! parking is allowed along Yale, we need it on 11th too!

  • That bank property on the corner of Rutland and 11th has a lot of bar and entertainment potential and Rutland is curbed all the way to at least 16th for employees, patrons and delivery trucks. Plenty of parking. Bring it on!!!!!!

  • Yawn. . . .we need another burger place like we need more pizza and ice cream shops in and around the heights. It won’t last long.

    Evil developer – parking on Yale and 11th should be a no-no even though it is legal. Too many accidents happen as it is and if people start using the lanes to park more accidents are likely due to having to “peak out” to see if traffic is coming. Get on Nextdoor and search for all of the bad wrecks on Yale alone.

  • Angostura, couldn’t agree more. Sad to see such little building and so much paved parking. Yuck. How much better would a nice outdoor space be? Self driving / uber type is our future. We need to plan for it now and stop with so much damn parking. At least let the OWNERS decide how much they need.

  • I’m amazed at the number of people who comment on articles and based on their comment you know they didn’t read the article, or their reading comprehension is

  • @Who Cares,
    More parking on Yale would probably decrease accidents, largely by reducing speeds. People on Yale routinely travel at 50 even though the limit is 30. This is due to road layout and lane widths (two lanes in each direction, wide travel lanes, no parking). The limit on Heights is 35, but traffic tends to flow closer to 25 (single lane in each direction, lots of parallel parking). Road design has a bigger effect on vehicle speeds than speed limit signs.
    I’d like to see Yale re-striped from 4 lanes to 3, with either bike lanes on both sides, or a dedicated parking lane on one side. But in the meantime, I’d encourage more people to park on Yale. If you do, you might save a life.

  • Hear that people? Angostura is trying to save our lives. 11th Street has been a blood bath for too many years!

  • I live in this neighborhood and I’m in general agreement with those that don’t mind (or encourage) street parking. One caveat is that parts of this area have no curbs and Houstonians think that they can angle park across grass and sidewalks. With more street parking we will also need more parking enforcement or more curbs.
    The removal of a cool little salon and to add a burger place that will last about 6 months before becoming a noodle place then a Korean place and eventually a mattress store is bad for the neighborhood. Especially because is involves removing an occupied bungalow to make a parking lot.

  • Or we should have the city raise the speed limits of Yale, Shepherd, and Durham to 40 mph and not allow parking on Yale. This would recognize the speeds at which most people travel along these wide streets. also, cars are many times safer now than they were in the 1970’s or ’80’s, which is probably the last time the speed limits were looked at.

  • @ShadyHeightster: Sadly, humans are just as fragile as they were in the 1970s, and a few unfortunate humans spend time outside an automobile.

  • @Shady,
    A person hit by a car going 40 mph has an 85% chance of being killed. At 30 mph, it’s 45%, and at 20 mph, it’s 5%. As we add density along Yale (and 11th, and Shepherd) we should expect to see more pedestrians, and I think we should try to kill fewer of them.

  • Walking on the sidewalk and staying out of the street will also help prevent pedestrian accidents from automobles.