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A FLOOD OF CHRISTMAS DINERS AT VIETOPIA An impromptu performance surrounding a centerpiece aquarium greeted Christmas dinner diners at Vietopia yesterday. Loud screams accompanied the appearance of twin streams springing from a leak in the glass on the dining side of freestanding structure at the Vietnamese restaurant in the Plaza in the Park (better known as the Kroger shopping center just south of the Southwest Fwy. on Buffalo Spdwy.) As a steady fountain of fishwater aimed itself at a nearby table or 2, the restaurant’s staff sprung into action: Large plastic garbage cans were deployed quickly to catch the water, and waiters used nets to collect the fish and transport them to new homes. [Wendy G Young Lightwalker, via abc13] Video: Wendy G Young LightWalker
Work is almost complete on Pipeline Realty’s conversion of the 2-story office building at 2617 Bissonnet (seen at top in a recent photo) into a new second-story coworking space called Local Office. The 13,500-sq.-ft. building, pictured above before the 2 trees standing in front were removed and larger windows were poked into its north and west facades, previously served as the offices of Industrial Audio/Video.
Local Office, due to open sometime next month, will be joined early next year by a ground-floor coffee shop, labeled “Local Coffee” on the rendering below but more likely to be a third outlet of the growing local Cavo Coffee chain:
That big metal-skinned house on Centenary St.Â in West University isÂ on the market as of yesterday, listed for a smidge under $2.2 million. Â The home’s construction in the early 2010’s touched off some nasty comments and light contractor harrassmentÂ from some of the folks in the area (though architect Cameron ArmstrongÂ saidÂ around the time of completion that most folks thought the final product was fine).Â Â The big shiny box holds 2 floors and 4 bedrooms, with a rooftop patio that allowsÂ visitors toÂ rise aboveÂ any neighborhood hubbub andÂ gaze off toward the Medical Center:
Sunday’s the deadline for giving the city of West University some honest feedback on which of 3 proposedÂ park layouts you think would best flatterÂ this residential lot atÂ 6446 Sewanee Ave. — along withÂ any specific details you likeÂ about the other 2 options. The home’sÂ former owner, architect James M. Hughes, passed away just over a year ago; Hughes bequeathed the property and some fundsÂ to West University for conversion into Jennie Elizabeth Hughes ParkÂ (named after his mother, who bought the empty lot back in 1928).
Option A of the choices highlights the corner lot’s timeÂ as a residence byÂ addingÂ a rocking-chaired, freestanding front porch as an entryway (though of a totally different design from the existing front porch). That option wouldÂ also include a partial outline of the house’s foundation:
ADORABLE VENOMOUS CATERPILLARS BACK ON THE CRAWL FROM SEABROOK TO WEST U ‘Tis the season for stinging asps,Â notes Kaitlin McCulley while recounting a Seabrook resident’s recent encounter with one of the critters (also known as the puss caterpillarÂ or, on occasion, the “toxic toupee”). The woolly caterpillars, whose delicate venomous spines are known to cause reactions in children such as 5-hour screaming fits and to necessitate the occasional emergency room visitÂ in adults, areÂ up in numbersÂ for the fall as per usual,Â though their population and season varies from year to year depending on weather and food conditions. Over inÂ West University, a sign currently hangingÂ on the gate of Weir ParkÂ notes that the city’s parks folks will be putting out diatomaceous earth to kill the asps they’d spotted; the caterpillars have also been sighted (or felt) lately near the Harbach-Ripley Neighborhood Center in Golfcrest and in Lost Creek Park in Sugar Land. [ABC13] Photo of puss caterpillar warning sign in Weir Park, 3012 Nottingham St.:Â Swamplot inbox
WEST U SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDER JUST LIFTED FOLLOWING THIS MORNING’S â€˜SOUTHWEST HOUSTONâ€™ SHOOTING The city has just cancelledÂ stay-put orders for theÂ folks in aÂ zone straddling the borders of West UniversityÂ and the Montclair and College Court PlaceÂ neighborhoods,Â as the crime scene investigation ofÂ this morning’s rush-hour shooting spreeÂ atÂ the Weslayan Plaza strip center wraps up.Â The shelter-in-place request was active while the bomb squad was checkingÂ out the now-deceased suspect’s Porsche near his residence in The OaksÂ condominiums atÂ Weslayan and Law St.Â FolksÂ ranging from KPRC to the FBI reported the shooting as taking place in “Southwest Houston”;Â the shopping center is technicallyÂ in theÂ southwest quadrant of the city, though a good deal closer toÂ Downtown than the area that usually gets that descriptor. [Houston OEM, KHOU; previously on Swamplot] Photo of Weslayan Plaza: Regency Centers
COMMENT OF THE DAY: THE SECRET INGREDIENTS IN ANY GOOD BEDROOM COMMUNITY RECIPE “The idea that The Woodlands is a mecca because of some secret sauce is absurd. Places like that can onlyÂ exist in the vicinity of a larger city. The Woodlands has maintained itself as a high-end housing community, which is of course an achievement that took careful planning, but itâ€™s entirely unsustainable without nearby cities to absorb the lower service economy sector/poorer individuals that any city needs and will have regardless. A similar point can be made about West U, which recently made some list about wealthy cities.” [MrEction, commenting onÂ Avoiding the Lonely Drive to Work; Houston Olympics Speculation] Illustration: Lulu
Construction fencing is already up around the Cleburne Cafeteria, which burned down for the second timeÂ at 3606Â Bissonnet St. earlier this week.Â The 75-year-old cafeteria businessÂ was bought by Nick and Pat Mickelis in 1952Â at its original location on Cleburne and Fannin streets (which was recently occupied by DiverseWorks for a brief pre-MATCH stint, and currently houses the Zoya Tommy art gallery). The cafeteria moved to the Bissonnet spotÂ in 1969; shortlyÂ after Nick Mickelis’s death in 1989, the buildingÂ burned down for the first time.