So what’s new?
- Opening: There’s a big new Gallery Furniture taking over the old Pier One space in the Post Oak Shopping Center, across from the Galleria. Isiah Carey notes that there’s a (much smaller) “coming soon” sign out front. Also coming to the strip from Mattress Mack: a new and more upscale Kreiss Furniture store, where Pier One Kids used to be.
- Closed: Paulie’s restaurant reports receiving an undisclosed “offer we couldn’t refuse” to close its Holcombe at Kirby location, and dutifully complied on Monday. The original Paulie’s, on Westheimer at Driscoll, will remain open.
- Hoping to Spread: And Katharine Shilcutt reports that Otilia’s Mexican restaurant, the longtime Long Point standout, now “a bastion of the upper class yuppies who reside quietly in the nearby Memorial Villages and wash down their rice and beans with bottles of Merlot,” isn’t closing, despite rumors she had heard. But:
it turns out instead that Otilia’s is actively seeking to franchise their restaurant. A bright sign by the register blinked this advertisement every five seconds as we ate, while the waitresses sullenly confirmed this fact.
Then there’s that Main St. mulch . . .
While other neighborhoods complain about the huge piles of mulch left over from the Hurricane Ike show, the Lawndale Art Center has cleaned up its much smaller installation. Artist Emily Sloan’s To Whom It May Concern, originally spread over the parking lot adjacent to Lawndale on the 4900 block of Main St., was “intended to blow away/disperse/broadcast out over time as public notices and messages do.”
But the choreographed mulch piles, which spelled out “To whom it may concern” several times over, didn’t seem too interested in much of that blowing, dispersing, or broadcasting, and stuck around pretty much intact from its November installation until earlier this month, when Lawndale went ahead and put the artist’s materials to more conventional use around the property:
Sloan only discovered her impersonal mulch note had finally been erased when she came back to photograph it. But she had never intended it to last forever. And there’s still a little something left to show for it:
- Gallery Furniture Is About To Go Upscale! [InSite]
- Second Gallery Furniture location rolls out red carpet in urban center [Houston Business Journal]
- Paulieâ€™s shutters Holcombe restaurant [Houston Business Journal]
- Paulie’s Restaurant Cuts Operation in Half [Cleverley’s Blog]
- About Paulie’s [Paulie’s]
- Adios Otilia’s? Not So Fast. [Eating Our Words]
- Otilia’s 100% Mexican Food
- The Temporary Artwork That Was More Temporary Than Expected [Hair Balls]
- Emily Sloan: To Whom It May Concern [Houston Press]
- To Whom It May Concern… [Emily Sloan]
- linger longer [Lawndale Art Center]
- Attack of the Mulch Mountains [Swamplot]