Concerns over man threatening park visitors at Mandell Park in Montrose area sheds light on local mental health crisis
A warning for visitors to Mandell Park in the Montrose area on social media is shedding light on a much larger on going issue the city of Houston is facing: How to identify and help those who are facing a mental health crisis.
Trench rescue: 1 person transported to hospital, another rescued after being trapped at Montrose-area construction site, HFD says
One person has been transported to the hospital after being trapped in a trench at a construction site in the Montrose area Monday afternoon, and emergency workers are trying to reach another person still there.
Montrose bargoers say Anti-LGBTQ+ religious groups are antagonizing, harassing them with hate speech
Visitors and residents KPRC 2 spoke to in the Montrose community say they respect freedom of speech and religion, but won’t tolerate being harassed and antagonized which now happens there on a routine basis, and at times turns violent.
Deadly officer-involved shooting: Bodycam video shows suspect accused of running over construction worker, stabbing apartment manager
The Houston Police Department has released bodycam video of a deadly officer-involved shooting where a suspect was accused of fatally running over a construction worker and stabbing a Montrose apartment manager on April 5.
HPD: Officers shoot carjacker who ran over, killed construction worker before stabbing Montrose apartment manager
A construction worker is dead and two people were transported to the hospital after reports of a stabbing followed by an officer-involved shooting in front of an apartment complex in Montrose Tuesday, police said.
Montrose nut butter shop shares healthy recipes perfect for your holiday spread
November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month, and we’re celebrating with the help of our friends from Fix & Fogg in Montrose. General Manager Blake Lupton shared three healthy nut butter recipes that will be the perfect addition to your holiday spread.
Mixing and matching COVID boosters, and remembering the glory days of Montrose (Oct. 22, 2021) – Houston Public Media
On Friday's show: A conversation with the city's health authority Dr. David Persse, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week, and reflecting on the underbelly of late 80's Montrose.houstonpublicmedia.org
‘The Wire’ Star Michael K. Williams Found Dead in His Brooklyn Apartment: Report
Rodrigo Varela/GettyActor Michael K. Williams, famous for his roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, has died.“It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss,” a representative told The Hollywood Reporter.Williams, 54, was found dead at his Brooklyn apartment Monday by his nephew, according to the Post. A four-time Emmy-nominated actor, Williams rose to fame as Omarnews.yahoo.com
Montrose beach dunes habitat expansion
The Chicago Park District has signed off on a habitat expansion of the Montrose Park Dunes natural area, part of the beach where a pair of endangered Great Lakes piping plovers escaped a music festival, lost a clutch of eggs, fought off other birds and successfully fledged chicks two summers in a row.chicagotribune.com
A first look inside the newly renovated La Colombe D’Or Hotel in Montrose
HOUSTON – The newly renovated La Colombe D’Or Hotel in Montrose just completed their huge multimillion-dollar renovation and expansion. They celebrate with a grand reopening event last night, and we got a first look with hotel owner Dan ZimmermanThe 32-room boutique hotel showcases over 350 pieces of original art, and hopes to bring in a new generation of guests. Other amenities include a private collection of over 350 art pieces on display publicly, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, a resort-style pool, a craft cocktail bar and Tonight & Tomorrow, the hotel’s full-service restaurant serving seasonal cuisine. The reimagined hotel boasts modern, yet timeless Texas experience. Watch as Lauren Kelly chats with owner Dan Zimmerman about all the hotel has to offer.
Houston's 5 Best Weekend Food Bets: Crawfish Boils and Next-Level Waffles
^ Keep Houston Press Free Support Us LocalCommunityJournalismI Support Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Support UsHere's a look at this weekend's tasty food and drink happenings:Pop-Up Night Market at 4100 MontroseFriday, 6 to 9 p.m. Holi Celebration at PondicheriFriday-Sunday2800 KirbyIn celebration of Holi, one of India’s most beloved holidays, Pondicheri will feature a variety of vibrant specials from Friday, March 26 to Sunday, March 28. Crawfish Pop-Up at Goode CompanySaturday, noon2515 North BoulevardGoode Company be cooking up Cajun crawfish and tapping their boots to Texas tunes at a crawfish pop-up, with pre-orders and outdoor tables available. The crawfish pop-up will go until the mudbugs are sold out.houstonpress.com
Feeling lucky? Wear your favorite green outfit at these 7 St. Patrick’s Day events in the Houston area
Several places in the area will be hosting St. Patrick’s Day events this Wednesday, from bars and breweries to parks and malls. The Annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration at McGonigel’s Mucky Duck will feature live music from Ulla, Piper Jones and EJ & Frances. It’s definitely time for St. Patrick’s Day to return! Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with inspired dishes from Shepherd’s Pie to Irish Soda Bread and complete your meal with some Jameson Irish Whiskey. Posted by Warehouse 72 on Sunday, March 14, 2021What other events will you be attending during St. Patrick’s Day?
Houston rapper chased down and shot to death in Midtown, police say
A Houston rapper was killed during a shooting in the Montrose areaHOUSTON – A Houston rapper was chased down and killed during a shooting in Midtown on Monday morning, police said. They said a vehicle following him stopped and two people exited the vehicle and shot him multiple times. Roberson’s business partner said the rapper will be remembered for playing basketball overseas in Colombia and being a community activist. Houston rapper and community activist Trae Tha Truth posted a picture of Roberson on his Instagram page, saying the rapper didn’t deserve what happened to him. AdAnyone with information about the shooting is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Upper Kirby, Montrose, River Oaks: Major construction delays coming March
HOUSTON – The project focused on improving Shepherd Drive has been in the works a while and is actually part of all the work happening in the Upper Kirby District, aimed to revamp its major thoroughfares. If you’re wondering what Shepherd Drive will look like, just turn your attention to Westheimer Road, Kirby Drive, Bissonnet, and Eastside streets. These are a few of the completed projects in the Upper Kirby District. This work is happening on the edge of the Upper Kirby/Greenway Plaza area, but drivers in the Montrose and River Oaks area will also be affected because traffic will shift to those areas too. According to the Upper Kirby District Management team, consider streets like Greenbriar or Eastside Street as a potential alternate route.
TV-radio listings: Nov. 12
Using Instagram clues to figure out James Harden's Rockets future James Harden caused a bit of a star with a cryptic Instagram video on Monday. 15 Etsy gifts to remind Houstonians of home Houstonians don't need to get on a plane to feel at home this year, shop Etsy instead.chron.com
RIP Disco Kroger
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Disco Kroger. Almost exactly ten years ago, I penned a story for this publication nicknaming the Inner Loop Kroger stores. Is Disco Kroger the final vestige of what will soon be a forgotten era in Houston Inner Loop revelry? So, forgive me if I eulogize Disco Kroger with a level of gravitas befitting something more grandiose than a retail food shop would seem to deserve. Farewell, Disco Kroger, you beautiful weirdo.houstonpress.com
TV-radio listings: Nov. 11
‘Hou-Ville' is coming to downtown Houston Santa is coming to town and bringing an Astros-themed gingerbread house with him. Astros to make Sugar Land Skeeters their Class AAA affiliate It just got a lot easier for Astros fans to see some of their team's top prospects. Houston's unsung heroes come to life in Discovery Green Looking to pay tribute to Houston's heroes? Discovery Green is the place for you.chron.com
6 killed in string of Houston homicides Monday
HOUSTON – Six people were killed in a string of homicides that were reported Monday in Houston. 6:40 a.m.: Richmond and MontroseCrime scene tape surrounds the scene of a fatal shooting in the Montrose area of Houston on Nov. 9, 2020. 7:42 a.m.: Yellowstone BoulevardPolice investigate a fatal stabbing in along Yellowstone Boulevard in Houston on Nov. 9, 2020. 1:30 p.m.: North FreewayPolice investigate a shooting that killed a Houston police sergeant along the North Freeway on Nov. 9, 2020. 6:50 p.m.: Kuykendahl RoadHouston police said a man shot and killed a woman about 6:50 p.m. near the intersection of Kuykendahl and Rankin roads before running into the woods.
Openings and Closings: The Sporting Club Debuts, Better Luck Tomorrow Reopens
The Sporting Club, 5102 Washington, opened its doors and debuted its retractable roof October 22. For The Sporting Club, Miller has focused the menu on seafood, light coastal Italian bites and classic bar favorites given a decidedly upscale twist. He is known on the Houston restaurant scene for his stints at places such as Kata Robata and Izakaya, blending French and Asian flavors along the way. Photo by Content HausThe opening menu at Acadian Coast will focus on the traditional dishes of seafood and wild game, melding Gulf Coast seafood, American Creole and Canadian Acadia with the American South. While The Pastry War is temporarily closed, loyal fans can enjoy the bean tamales at Better Luck Tomorrow.houstonpress.com
Home on 21 acres in Richmond has its own beach and zipline
EMBED >More News Videos A historic mansion in Montrose has been brought back to life. RICHMOND, Texas (KTRK) -- If you want a home that's basically your own private getaway, you may want to check out this house in Richmond.The home, or should we say, estate, sits on 21 acres and includes a private swimming lake with waterslide, beach and zipline, fire pit, resort-style pool with two sundecks and a rock slide.In case that's not enough, this paradise also has a 5-stall barn and 4-car garage, which the seller discloses is being used as a mancave.But we know you can't sleep outside. Though it seems there is certainly more than enough room to camp out, the home also has four bedrooms, plus a guest house with another three bedrooms.You can view the gated estate at 8333 Bois D'Arc Lane on the HAR website But you probably have one more question. What about the price?This private paradise was listed for a cool $5,000,000 in November 2019.As of June 18, the price has dropped to $4.8 million.abc13.com
Snap some pics at Houston's most Instagrammable bar
Don't go to Present Company without your phone!This popular spot in Houston's Montrose neighborhood uses bright colors, real plants, colorful cocktails and more to appeal to people who love Instagram.The look of the bar was inspired by the vibes of Palm Springs and offers a tropical paradise in the middle of Montrose.abc13.com
The Toasted Coconut will make you feel like you're at the beach
If you're looking for a tropical paradise in Houston, don't go to the airport. You can hop in your car and check out The Toasted Coconut in H-Town's quirky Montrose neighborhood.It's an authentic island experience that includes sand, bright colors, tiki huts and more!And that doesn't even begin to mention the tropical-inspired food and drink menus, which include custom, low-alcohol drinks in souvenir mugs, shareable entrees and snack plates that will have you dancing the Hula all evening.abc13.com
Police nab Montrose robbery suspect after pursuit in Houston
Police nab Montrose robbery suspect after pursuit in HoustonA man accused of helping hold up a Sprint store in Montrose was captured Thursday after a pursuit into Houstons Third Ward. Houston police officers arrest a man suspected of driving a getaway car after three men robbed a Sprint store in Montrose on Thursday, March 12, 2020. Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Police nab Montrose robbery suspect after pursuit in Houston 1 / 13 Back to GalleryOfficers followed the car and attempted to pull it over in Houstons Midtown, but the driver allegedly refused to stop. Officers searching the car pulled out at least one handgun and nearly a dozen iPhones and iPads allegedly stolen in the robbery. Jay R. Jordan covers breaking news in the Houston area.chron.com
Best of Houston 2020: Best Barbecue Sausage
Best Barbecue Sausage: The Pit RoomAnother top contender for best overall barbecue joint in Houston, Michael Sambrooks (owner) and Bramwell Tripp's (pitmaster) Montrose smokehouse, The Pit Room, is undoubtedly slinging the best smoked sausage in town. Yet, one area of smoked cuisine where they excel beyond the competition is in their three varieties of house-made sausage. Choose from a savory Czech-style, heat-induced jalapeo-cheese or gamier, denser venison each its own unique flavor profile and consistency. Our favorite is the super peppery venison sausage. Wrap it in a flour tortilla with some queso or douse it in the house barbecue sauce.houstonpress.com
Parents Voice Concerns About Hours-Long School Bus Route Houston Public Media
Parents of kids who go to the Arabic Immersion Magnet School in Montrose are taking issue with their childrens new bus route. She said she is particularly concerned because her daughter is uncomfortable when she gets home from school. The kids get off the bus and they rush to the bathroom, she said. Transportation Services continues to face an ongoing critical driver shortage, like its counterparts across the region, HISD said in the statement. Parents have previously voiced concerns about lengthy HISD bus routes, including one three-hour bus ride that turned into a medical emergency.houstonpublicmedia.org
Best Of Houston 2020: Best Montrose Bar
Best Montrose Bar: The FlatHanging at this funky Montrose house-turned-lounge, quite simply, just feels good. Its dim, but warm all at the same time, and the soulful music is always on point, like a refreshing drink that really hits the spotthey have those too. The sound system does the trick and as DJ Sun owns the joint, you can frequently see him spinning off '70s retro furniture. The patio hosts pop-ups, vendors and, yes, there is a flat screen TV positioned outside for games that cant be missed. The interior is humbly stylish and in the right moments the front room is dance party nation.houstonpress.com
Best Of Houston 2020: Best Gay Bar
Best Gay Bar: Eagle HoustonLong live the Eagle. With a dark, intimate dance floor, traditional house DJ, and several bars facilitating the feeling, this New York transplant really is the complete package. The in-house Eagle Trading Company has your party needs covered with an ATM handy nearby. And the birds nest balcony typically makes for a steamy perch to people watch throughout the night. 611 Hyde Park, Houston713-523-2473eaglehouston.comReaders' Choice: JR's Bar & Grill808 Pacific, Houston713-521-2519jrsbarandgrill.comhoustonpress.com
Montrose staple Theo's Greek Restaurant to close, auction complete inventory
Montrose staple Theo's Greek Restaurant to close, auction complete inventoryTheo's Greek Restaurant at 812 Westheimer is owned by Ted "Theo" Mousoudakis. In a restaurant auction notification, the ownership posted, "Ted has been in business for 12 years and is closing due to demolition of the strip center for building of a highrise." less Theo's Greek Restaurant at 812 Westheimer is owned by Ted "Theo" Mousoudakis. In a restaurant auction notification, the ownership posted, "Ted has been in business for 12 years and is closing due to demolition ... more Photo: Google Maps Photo: Google Maps Image 1 of / 8 Caption Close Montrose staple Theo's Greek Restaurant to close, auction complete inventory 1 / 8 Back to GalleryTheo's Greek Restaurant, a favorite late-night eatery in Montrose, will be closing its doors early in the new year. Theos Restaurant on the block east of Grant would close when construction begins, according to the report.chron.com
Montrose homeless shelter in desperate need of more cots for residents
Young adults at @CovenantHouse in Montrose are sleeping on couches and floors. HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Covenant House in Montrose has been serving homeless young people for more than 30 years.Those between 18 and 24 years old are allowed to stay as long as they need to. "Covenant House has gotten so busy over the years, there aren't enough cots to go around. Many residents are now sleeping on couches, and staff members are asking for donations to purchase at least 50 more cots with blankets and pillows. "If you're interested in donating to the Covenant House, click hereabc13.com
How a gay-friendly country sports bar is thriving in Montrose
No gay is going to go to a sports bar.Watch #ABC13 at 3 pm for more on #GeorgeCountrySportsBar in #Montrose! I was gay when it was dangerous to be gay, I'm still gay when it's cool again," he said.So, why not spend some time breaking stereotypes?Komar opened a gay country sports bar in Montrose 15 years ago. No gay is going to go to a sports bar.' "Going to George is like being at home," wrote a Facebook user in his review of the bar. "Chef Michele Free offers steak night on those evenings, starting at 6:30 p.m."It's a neighborhood bar, among everything else.abc13.com
Twins part of University of St. Thomas' hoops team's big start to season
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Just like the hidden gem that University of St. Thomas has become for the Montrose neighborhood, the school's basketball team is a winner, and that all comes down to the family atmosphere built by fifth-year head coach Anthony Medina.The 2019-2020 roster boasts all players but two who are homegrown talent, which creates a home crowd of family, friends and UST fans.Medina's first recruiting class from also boasts seniors up and down the roster. Two of his players include identical twins Kennard and Lennard Robinson. Both are South Houston products who were the first in their family to go to college.UST is also a breeding ground for success. Kennard will graduate with a communication degree. Lennard will earn one in business management.abc13.com
Montrose bar filled with LGBTQ history 'sanctuary' for many
How much do you know about Houstons LGBTQ history? HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- As you enter The Eagle in the heart of Montrose, you're greeted with smiling faces for a great happy hour, but you can also learn a great deal about Houston's LGBTQ history. The Eagle is dedicated to preserving local Houston LGBTQ history. "As Doyle walked through the rooms of The Eagle, he recalled some of Houston's earliest LGBTQ bars, including one that dates back to 1937. "It had female impersonators at the club," said Doyle.The Eagle even provides its online community with a website titled "Houston LGBT History" that provides photos, articles and more.To learn more, click hereabc13.com
Montrose thrift store gives back by offering free HIV testing
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In Houston's Montrose neighborhood, shoppers can find unique, one-of-a-kind items at several thrift stores, but one is setting itself a part by helping its community.In addition to selling clothes and accessories, this store also offers free HIV testing. 'Out of the Closet' is the newest resale shop to pop up in Montrose on Westheimer Road. You can come in and get free HIV testing and get medications through our nonprofit pharmacy. "Ninety-six cents per every dollar brought into the thrift store or pharmacy go directly back into local communities to provide HIV services, educations and prevention," explained Canady. "If you're interested in donating some of your items, 'Out of the Closet' will send a truck to pick up your larger items free of charge anywhere in the Houston metro area.For more information,abc13.com
Rothko Chapel in Montrose undergoing $30 million facelift
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The famed Rothko Chapel in Houston's Montrose neighborhood will reopen to the public in June 2020.ABC13 got a sneak peek on Monday of the ongoing restoration efforts.David Leslie, the chapel's executive director, says the work is part of a $30 million campaign for the Chapel and their Opening Spaces restoration and master site plan. "I think for people who have never come before, it's one of those jewels in the city that has a pretty small footprint, but a very big reach," said Leslie. "I would say if you want to get to know Houston, and you want to get to know the diverse dimensions of Houston, the Rothko Chapel just has to be on your list. "Allston Marble of Linebeck Construction says it has been a special and unique process breathing life into the building. It's important for us to do a good job on it and make sure it goes back to the original vision.abc13.com
Woodrow Wilson School making a difference for hard of hearing students
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The Woodrow Wilson Montessori school in Montrose neighborhood prides itself on helping hard of hearing students reach their full potential.The campus serves students ages 3 through 14, and pre-k through 8th grade.Chrisly Uhegbu, who is hard of hearing, has attended Wilson since he was four years old which has been a perfect fit for him.Wilson has played an important role for not only Uhegbu, but many deaf or hard of hearing students as the staff helps them overcome many obstacles in the classroom. "If I had never gone to Wilson, I would not be myself right now, because they are a second home," he said. "Having a school like Wilson, it is important for students with hearing loss because it gives them the extra added support that they need in order to grow and achieve their greatest potential," said deaf education teacher Christi Fish.Uhegbu says he'll cherish his last year and half at Wilson before he goes to high school.abc13.com
Why people love coming to this iconic Houston bar in Montrose
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The West Alabama Ice House in Montrose has been around since 1928, so it was a perfect place to host an ABC13+ Pop-Up Newsroom.This dog-friendly bar has been drawing people and their pets for generations. "Everything is walking distance, so I think that's probably one of the strengths of Montrose. "For me, as a member of the LGBT community, it's one of the reasons why I chose to move to Houston. You see families with small kids in Montrose, you see college students in Montrose, young professionals in Montrose. "Watch the video above to hear more from locals on why the bar, and this eccentric neighborhood, feels like home!West Alabama Ice House is located at 1919 W Alabama St.abc13.com
Rothko Chapel in Montrose undergoing $30 million renovations
"I think for people who have never come before, it's one of those jewels in the city that has a pretty small footprint, but a very big reach," said Leslie. "I would say if you want to get to know Houston, and you want to get to know the diverse dimensions of Houston, the Rothko Chapel just has to be on your list. "Allston Marble of Linebeck Construction says it has been a special and unique process breathing life into the building. It's important for us to do a good job on it and make sure it goes back to the original vision. We have football and the rodeo, but we also have a really rich arts culture.abc13.com
Beautiful Montrose mansion brought back to life and you can buy it!
EMBED >More News Videos The home was originally owned and designed by New York Times best-selling romance novelist Judith McNaught. Her son Anthony moved in next.Anthony was a HAM, or amateur radio enthusiast. The house had a radio antenna on top of it for years.But it's hard to overlook the home's flat-out good looks.Once dilapidated, the four-bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom house underwent a renovation in 2011. It now boasts two living rooms with fireplaces, an enclosed sunroom, a chef's kitchen with premium stainless steel appliances, and spa-inspired bathrooms. You can see all it offers on the HAR websiteabc13.com
This is what Montrose looked like in 1965
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Montrose is Houston's most colorful and off-beat neighborhood, but it hasn't always been that way.Today you can stop by the Rothko Chapel or get a drink in the backyard of Poison Girl, followed up by a tattoo.It was a much different story in the 1960s.Thanks to newly restored film from the ABC13 vault, you can take a drive down Montrose Blvd, circa 1965.The film shows some of the signature buildings in Montrose like the limestone Link-Lee mansion, owned by St. Thomas University, but many of the homes in the film, are now gone.Watch the video above to see if you can spot what's still there and what's gone.abc13.com
What apartments will $1,400 rent you in Montrose, right now?
Data from rental site Zumper shows that the median rent for a one bedroom in Montrose is currently hovering around $1,255. The unit has hardwood flooring and a dishwasher. In the unit, the listing promises hardwood flooring, a walk-in closet, in-unit laundry and a dishwasher. West Clay StreetListed at $1,375/month, this 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit is located at West Clay Street. The residence includes in-unit laundry, hardwood flooring and central heating and air conditioning.
Montrose Boulevard ranked among 'World's Most Delicious Streets' with the best restaurants
Montrose Boulevard ranked among 'World's Most Delicious Streets' with the best restaurants Go on an epicurean food adventure at these Montrose mainstaysPHOTOS: Iconic Montrose restaurants that make it a food destination>>>Go on an epicurean food adventure at these mainstay restaurants that make Montrose Boulevard one of the most delicious streets in the world... less PHOTOS: Iconic Montrose restaurants that make it a food destination>>>Go on an epicurean food adventure at these mainstay restaurants that make Montrose Boulevard one of the most delicious streets in ... more Photo: Nick De La Torre Photo: Nick De La Torre Image 1 of / 64 Caption Close Montrose Boulevard ranked among 'World's Most Delicious Streets' with the best restaurants 1 / 64 Back to GalleryThe Montrose area has long been known as one of Houston's most unique neighborhoods. The main thoroughfare of the neighborhood is Montrose Boulevard, where a seemingly never-ending supply of bustling restaurants, thrift shops and art galleries dot the landscape. 6 on its list of the "World's Most Delicious Streets." The nine other streets featured on the list range from as far away as Puerto Rico, London and Saigon. Click through the photos above for a look at the mainstay restaurants that make Montrose Boulevard one of the most delicious streets in the world...GO BACK IN TIME: What life was like along Montrose Boulevard in Houston 30-50 years agoRebecca Hennes covers community news.chron.com
What apartments will $1,800 rent you in Montrose, today?
Data from rental site Zumper shows that the median rent for a one bedroom in Montrose is currently hovering around $1,250. In the apartment, expect to see hardwood flooring, a dishwasher and in-unit laundry. You can expect high ceilings, hardwood flooring and in-unit laundry in the apartment. This story was created automatically using local real estate data from Zumper and Apartment Guide, then reviewed by an editor. Additionally, if you're in the real estate business learn how to do local real estate advertising in your ZIP codes.
El Real owner responds to no-pay allegations, promises workers will be compensated
El Real owner responds to no-pay allegations, promises workers will be compensatedAfter former employees of the abruptly closed Montrose restaurant, El Real Tex-Mex Cafe, took to the streets earlier this week in protest of alleged unpaid wages, owner Bryan Caswell has promised staff will be paid Friday. El Real announced Monday it was closing indefinitely, after eight years of serving the Montrose community and growing a dedicated fan base of customers. The announcement came as a shock to the staff at El Real, who some went on to claim Caswell has not paid them for weeks. Caswell said in a statement released to Chron.com that workers will receive their final checks Friday, Nov. 1, "as promised." RELATED: Ex-workers of beloved Montrose Tex-Mex restaurant El Real allege unpaid wagesDSA officials said the funds raised will be distributed to the workers, whether or not Caswell comes through and actually pays them.chron.com
Ex-workers of beloved Montrose Tex-Mex restaurant El Real allege unpaid wages
Ex-workers of beloved Montrose Tex-Mex restaurant El Real allege unpaid wagesFormer employees gathered outside of El Real and Caswell's other restaurant, Reef, Monday in protest and claimed he has not paid them for weeks, sometimes even allegedly keeping their tips. Photo: Courtesy Alex Durden Photo: Courtesy Alex Durden Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Ex-workers of beloved Montrose Tex-Mex restaurant El Real allege unpaid wages 1 / 10 Back to GalleryFormer employees of the abruptly shuttered Montrose Tex-Mex restaurant, El Real Tex-Mex Caf, are accusing the owner Bryan Caswell of not paying them, and are now at the center of a fundraiser that aims to offset the loss from their allegedly missing wages. After opening in 2011, El Real became a mainstay in the Montrose community known for its Tex-Mex classics, regional dishes and quirky marquee signs. Bryan Caswell has broken several promises to pay the El Real Workers, which is why they are organizing." ON HOUSTON CHRONICLE.COM: Montrose Tex-Mex restaurant El Real closesIn a statement released Monday, Caswell cited a traumatic series of personal life events and failed plans to find a new operating partner as reasons for the unexpected closure.chron.com
At The Burger Joint, get free milkshake every time Astros score a home run
The Burger JointHOUSTON - Are you looking for somewhere to cheer on the Houston Astros as they face off against the Washington Nationals in D.C. for Game 4 of the World Series? Look no further than The Burger Joint, a Montrose eatery offering great booze, burgers, oh, and FREE milkshakes every time the Astros score a home run. Only restaurant customers dining at this eatery when the Astros score a home run are eligible for the promotion so order up some grub, stick around to watch the game and keep your fingers crossed for a homer. The Burger Joint is located at 2703 Montrose Blvd, Houston, Texas 77006. Make the Burger Joint your game watching... Posted by The Burger Joint on Friday, October 4, 2019Copyright 2019 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.
Residents fear collapse of abandoned homes
"It's an eyesore for the neighborhood," said neighbor Marrietta Schmid, who walks by the falling property every day. "Please, city of Houston, help us. Something has to be done, because it's an eyesore and it's not safe," said Houston Police Department Sgt. Chad Wall.Unfortunately, city workers cannot tear down private property without a court order. "The Bethancourts have communicated extensively with the owner of the property Alan Paull.abc13.com
Inclusive fashion brand Universal Standard to open Houston store
The inclusive womens fashion brand Universal Standard is opening its first retail concept, Universal Standard 1:1, on Oct. 24 at 1202 Hawthorne St. in Montrose. Customers will be able to book individual styling appointments or group shopping at the store, which will also be used to host local community events. The brand was created by Polina Veksler and Alexandra Waldman in 2015 to offer womens fashion that caters to every body type. www.universalstandard.comcommunityimpact.com
5 ways to celebrate Halloween around the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose area
Here are five fun Halloween-themed events to check out around the Heights, River Oaks, and Montrose area. Oct. 19: Check out the Halloween Festival Houston Halloween Festival on 19th Street in the Heights includes a zombie walk, music, games and activities. www.tgfschool.org Oct. 24: Attend a Harry Potter party Cafeza hosts a Harry Potter-themed halloween event complete with butterbeer and trivia. 832-203-8016. www.cafeza.com Oct. 26: Check out Washington Avenue bars Bar Crawl Nation organizes a Washington Avenue bar crawl starting at Clutch bar. 832-786-0413. www.stationtheater.com Oct. 31: Take a haunted walk through Memorial Park Bayou City Outdoors hosts a haunted Halloween night walk through Memorial Park complete with ghost stories.communityimpact.com
Man smashes car windows with tire iron in liquor store attack
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The victim of a violent attack outside of a Montrose liquor store says he was terrified when a man with a tire iron shattered two of his car windows.The incident happened on Wednesday around 7 p.m. in the parking lot of King Cole Liquor, off of Woodhead Street and Richmond Avenue. "At that moment I was terrified," the victim said, who did not wish to be identified. "This person is not normal, and I looked and you could just see insanity in his eyes. "Both the victim and the alleged suspect were inside the liquor store together before the incident unfolded.Surveillance video shows both men getting into their vehicles, reversing at the same time.The victim claims he didn't see the other driver and accidentally tapped the other car's bumper. The victim was not seriously injured.The incident has been reported to police.abc13.com
Good-luck cakes decorated for Astros players before Game 1
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Victory is sweet, especially an Astros one.So, to wish Jose Altuve and company luck ahead of Friday's ALDS Game 1, a Houston baker made Astros-themed cakes select members of the club, including Altuve, Josh Reddick, and Carlos Correa.The cakes came from Yellow Bird Cakery, a Montrose-area business run by Janet Roush Flood.According to the Yellow Bird website, she has made intricate Astros-themed cakes in the past. "I've been the Astros Cake lady," she said on her website ABC13 has visited with the "Astros Cake lady" when the team was on their 2017 World Series run.abc13.com