“You wouldn’t believe the amount of hate mail that I have received since I closed it,” owner Andrew Adams says about the Corkscrew, the wine bar he and his brother Doyle opened way back in 2006 — the early days of the new Washington Ave — but shut down last year. But Adams has been paying attention. He tells the HBJ‘s Allison Wollam he’s planning to reopen the Corkscrew in the Heights in February, as well as a second location elsewhere, which he plans to call Little Corkscrew. Where in the Heights? Adams won’t say, “because he’s still negotiating leases,” but he says he’s “considering” a building on White Oak.
The Adams brothers recently gave up on the Corkscrew’s successor, an organic-style cocktail bar they eventually called Sugarcane, after all of 5 months. They’ll be leasing out their space at 1919 Washington to club owners who plan to open a “trendy, upscale bar, complete with bottle service,” he tells Wollam:
In hindsight, Adams says the bars and restaurants along Washington Avenue are being forced to adjust their products to cater to a horde of 20-something clients and Sugarcane didn’t fit that demographic.
“Washington Avenue has become a street where people who are 30 years old or older stay away from at all costs,” Adams says.
- Andrew Adams reboots The Corkscrew after ‘eco-friendly’ concept fizzles [Houston Business Journal]
- Previously on Swamplot: White Oak Restaurant Revival, Tacos a-Go-Going to the Heights; Hubcap Grill Expanding to Shady Acres, Christian’s Tailgate Opening on White Oak, Here Come Bee Love and Special Sauce: The Corkscrew Twists Itself Into Something Hard and Fruity
Photos of White Oak Blvd. with future Christian’s Tailgate in the foreground (above) and 1919 Washington Ave: Aaron Carpenter