Tequila and whiskey-fueled Heights bar sets opening date for new East End location
The wait for a second location of one of Houston’s most popular bars will come to an end next week. Eight Row Flint will open its new location in the East End on Monday, February 20.
Part of the Agricole Hospitality group (Coltivare, EZ's Liquor Lounge), Eight Row Flint will occupy the former Night Shift space at 3501 Harrisburg Blvd. Changes to the space include bringing on some of the rickhouse-inspired design elements that will tie it to the Heights location and a stairwell that general manager Christian Garza and his daughter painted a mural in. A rooftop patio (pictured above) offers a view of the downtown skyline.
“It’s been fun to look closely at Eight Row Flint with fresh eyes and see how we can take it to another level in the East End, where we see a lot of excitement and growth,” owners Ryan Pera, Vincent Huynh, and Morgan Weber said in a statement. “There are plenty of through-lines between the two locations and guests will definitely see some Eight Row Flint favorites on the menu, but we approached this spot with a more mature eye and are excited about the new life we’ve breathed into the concept.”
Those through-lines start with the bar’s personnel. Long time general manager Christina Ramey will serve as concept manager for both locations. Garza moves from assistant general manger in the Heights to general manager at Eight Row East. Executive chef Marcelo Garcia will oversee both kitchens.
“That whole thing would have never happened if we didn’t have human beings in place that know how Eight Row operates on a daily basis,” Weber said on a September 2022 episode of CultureMap’s “What’s Eric Eating” podcast. “Without the people, we could have never considered doing it.”
Similarly, Garcia’s menu will be built around the same signature tacos — made with nixtamalized corn tortillas — that have been an Eight Row staple. Moving from a food truck to a full kitchen will allow the chef to add more dishes, including empanadas and seafood items.
Anyone who’s been to Eight Row knows the bar led the way locally in embracing the Ranch Water trend. Expect to see a few new twists on the tequila-based drink, along with other whiskey and agave-focused sips, on the cocktail menu. Carbonated draft cocktails will expedite service, and seasonal margaritas will keep things fresh.
Eight Row will be open daily from 2 pm to 2 am.