The Up-Scaled Bungalow Bar Now Puffing Up in Shady Acres Across from Cedar Creek

This exterior rendering of Bungalow Heights, the new bar-restaurant going up at 1919 Beall St., the former site of Air Cool and the Junk Goes Green recycling center one block west of the Cedar Creek Bar & Grill on 20th St., shows a building with a lot of bungalow parts assembled in somewhat bungalow-ish fashion, being patronized by what appear to be normal-sized humans. But take a close look at the scale of the thing in proportion to the surrounding figures — and the actual framing now up on the site pictured above — and you’ll soon realize this is a building where every part is probably going to be a whole lot bigger than what it’s modeled after.

For starters, the structure itself measures 5,000 sq. ft. — about the size of the typical lot you might find a bungalow sitting on. This site itself is two-thirds of an acre. Contractor Avan Construction installed the building’s trusses last week with a crane. (The longest truss spans almost 70 ft. and weighs over 400 lbs.) Inside, you’ll find a floor plan significantly different from the typical living-dining-kitchen on one side, bedroom-bath-bedroom on the other arrangement of an unexpanded bungalow:


What appears to be unedited dummy text on a test website set up for the bar notes there will be capacity for 200 patrons inside, as well as outside seating with a children’s playground and a “mosquito misted beer garden.”

Photo: Swamplot inbox. Renderings: Bungalow Heights

Bungalow Heights

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  • And this is why I will be voting to keep the Heights from repealing what is left of the dry zone. Let Shady Acres take one for the team.

  • i don’t get it, old school. i don’t see any dark skinned people holding 40’s in those renderings. why are you so scared by this?

  • It’s amusing and a bit desperate as well, that every developer has to tack ‘heights’ onto every project. I’m considering naming our backyard ‘Squirrel Heights’.

    Otherwise, with you, Old School. Should the newbies desperate for immediate gratification remove the final protection non-deed restricted homeowners have, I’m considering offering a towing service or buying into one.

  • I drove by this the other day and it is outsized. The notion that it is representative of some sort of “Heights Bungalow” is, to say the least, ironic.

    Living relatively nearby – in Shady Acres, thanks Old School! As long as I get my almost walkable distance HEB, the rest of the dry ordinance no me importa! – I’m not too concerned by the continued opening of these places on that part of 19th and 20th. It’s not like the street was especially scenic prior to their arrivals and it’s relatively easy to skirt the traffic and parking issues they generate.

  • I’m with Old School. If we repeal alcohol restrictions in the dry Heights, people won’t stop at mis-using terms like “bungalow”. They may also start mis-using terms like “italianate” or “victorian”.
    Before you know it, we’ll have a bar called “Craftsman Heights” that doesn’t even have exposed rafter tails. Can you imagine?!

  • The gentrification of Shady Acres continues unabated by the vast unwashed hipster masses. Neopuritan has got it right, those renderings can’ Be right, where are the people with a 40 in hand and a mystery meat taco? Next thing you know they will run off all the pawn shops and Mexican tire places. Parking and traffic is already bad enough on 19th street that doing a late night street race is almost dangerous.

    Keep the shady in Shady Acres y’all.

  • neopuritan, trying to drive through Shady Acres on a Friday or Saturday night is like being a video game where your goal is not kill the walking drunk people, not get killed by the drunk drivers and find a street that you can actually drive down because it’s not blocked by all the valet parked cars.

    The only thing worse now is trying to drive down N. Shepherd- cars with tipsy drivers going the wrong way or stopped in the middle of the block as the potential drunks get out of their Uber car, people turning from middle lanes because, well, I’m not sure why but it’s the new sport and cars parked by the valets on sidewalks and right of ways so you can’t see if it’s safe to make a turn or impossible to walk if that’s your thing.

  • Live 2 blocks away. I’m cool with all of this. Just provide proper parking, or it won’t be cool. And maybe a drunk shuttle for bar-hopping.

  • Uggh, always with the parking. Every thread on here, or nextdoor, etc., about a new bar or restaurant attracts an inevitable, “where will all these people park?” comment.

    Why do people feel the need to drive to this bar, and the others in the vicinity? Because our obsession with parking requires every bar or restaurant to dedicate 3/4 of their land area to machinery storage, making everything so far apart you can’t walk anywhere.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to PROHIBIT bars from having parking lots, instead? Why does our city REQUIRE bar operators to subsidize one of the most dangerous and reckless activities people regularly engage in–drinking and driving–by forcing bars to provide parking for their patrons. Wouldn’t you rather the bars in your neighborhood made it as difficult as possible for people to drive there, and take an uber instead?

    Let’s keep the drunks of our streets: zero out the parking minimum on any establishment with an on-premise liquor license.

  • Angostura, I could not have said it better myself.

  • I was just waiting for Angostura to take comment of the day.

  • Does someone have to killed before the city puts traffic lights at 19th and 20th and Beall? Between speeding cars, tipsy pedestrians, and cars parked on sidewalks, navigating through those intersections is a nightmare.