Foodie Paradise Rises In Heights

A new restaurant and grocery store too: Foodie paradise rises from remnants of historic Heights building

New foodie paradise rises from the remnants of a historic Heights spot

4 Heights General Store Harolds in the Heights construction August 2013
The Harolds sign will remain on the east side of the building. Photo by Marika Rafte
Heights General Market, Torchy's Taco construction August 2013
The Heights General Store and Torchy's Tacos will replace a Houston favorite, Harolds in the Heights. Photo by Marika Rafte
3 Torchy Taco Harolds in the Heights construction August 2013
A sign in front of the building reveals the third Torchy's Tacos in Houston will be opening in September. Photo by Marika Rafte
5 Torchy Taco Harolds in the Heights construction August 2013
Torchy's Tacos construction on West 19th Street is underway and soon to be completed. Photo by Marika Rafte
1 Heights General Market construction August 2013
Work is being done on the rooftop terrace for the General Store. Photo by Marika Rafte
4 Heights General Store Harolds in the Heights construction August 2013
Heights General Market, Torchy's Taco construction August 2013
3 Torchy Taco Harolds in the Heights construction August 2013
5 Torchy Taco Harolds in the Heights construction August 2013
1 Heights General Market construction August 2013

The Heights strip center that used to be home to Harolds in the Heights is well under construction and its transformation into a hip foodie hangout is almost here. We think. The Houston area's third Torchy's Tacos and a new gourmet food market Heights General Store both hoped to open their doors this summer in the spot.

That's no longer a possibility.

A sign at 350 West 19th Street now promises that Torchy's is "firing up in September." On the other side of the old Harolds' building, progress seems to be slower. On a recent CultureMap visit, workers stood on the roof, working on a covered rooftop terrace for the Heights General Store. The Harolds sign remains up on the east side of the building, where it's expected to stay as a nod to the historic former tenant.

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