Goodbye, old friend
Heights Fiesta gets one last chance before wrecking ball as developer plans newsenior facility
Known for its surprisingly decent beer and wine selection — well, at least by me — the Heights Fiesta on Studewood and 14th Street shuttered its automatic doors at the end of December. But for those looking for one last chance to cruise the aisles of the rather under-rated grocery store, you're in luck.
According to northwest Houston newspaper the Leader, the 60-year-old building will welcome guests for one last time on April 5 to hold the Houston Heights Association's annual Candlelight Dinner & Auction, one of the neighborhood's most popular social functions of the year.
It's wrecking-ball time for the brick and cinder block landmark as an area developer makes way for a senior living facility.
In the days following the gala, it's wrecking-ball time for the brick and cinder block landmark as Houston-based developer Bridgewood Properties makes way for a senior living facility named the Village of the Heights.
The 103-unit complex is slated to open by summer 2014.
Swamplot reported on the Studewood Fiesta's demise in late summer, as an preliminary drawing for the senior center drew ire from Heights residents for its institutional appearance that clashed with the neighborhood's vintage architecture.
While the early design is still posted on Bridgewood's website, company president Jim Gray said that a new plans are underway.
“That’s a rough drawing and very premature. It shouldn’t have been posted,” he told the Leader on Monday, assuring the that the final designs look to a “historic, Craftsman style that will blend with the neighborhood.”