The founder and public face of 4-state sandwich shop Ike’s Sandwiches, Ike Shehadeh, is about to have his bald, goatee-ed likeness installed in 3 more spots: on the north (top), east, and south (above) sides of the new Heights Central Station shopping center at Heights Blvd. and 11th St. The restaurant signed a lease last year to move into the complex’s east building — reported The Leader‘s Betsy Denson — where it’ll neighbor Shine in the Heights salon, the bakery known as Tiff’s Treats, and 2 forthcoming businesses: Ocean Juice and women’s clothing store RichGirls Boutique.
They all sit across from a new Kolache Shoppe drive-thru and next door to the building Dish Society plans to split with a dentist:
Along Heights Blvd., the sandwich shop’s glassy east facade will offer drivers and pedestrians a view of what’s going on inside:
Although the shopping center is just a year old, it lies within the boundaries of Houston’s Heights South Historic District, so the city’s historic commission gets to weigh in on the planned signage at its meeting next Thursday. According to the commission’s agenda, it’s got no problem with the proposal.
Photos and sign: Houston Archaeological and Historical Commission. Map: NewQuest
Between Ike’s expression, his questionable taste in facial hair, and the unnecessary—and borderline disturbing—inclusion of “Love” in the name/slogan/whatever, I have a bunch of questions . . . but I don’t think I want any answers.
Super! Another crappy chain restaurant from California creeping into the Heights. No thanks. . . .
Ike’s is great. Keep drinking that haterade while dreaming about the post office.