When it comes to genius ideas, the three-ring circus that is the Dr. Gleem Car Wash, Auto Salon and Lube Center is up there with the best of them. Who wouldn't want to enjoy a burger or some breakfast tacos, grab a haircut and get your shoes shined while waiting for your car to be serviced?
It's been less than two years since Facundo Café opened inside the car wash on Ella and it has already become a break-out success, complete with an appreciative review from Houston Press' Katharine Shilcutt.
Now owner Miguel Facundo is creating a new dining destination that will move beyond the captive car wash crowd. Facundo Restaurante is currently under construction in Garden Oaks, in a revamped building and quonset hut on Alba Road across the street from the American Legion.
Facundo Café employee Benicio Lopez says the restaurant is expected to open in December and serve a broad menu of pasta, seafood and steaks, with a full bar and a patio. He's not sure how the quonset hut will be integrated, but it'll be interesting to see the final product.
Have you tried Facundo Café? What did you think?