Southside Espresso at 904 Westheimer in the identical constructing as Uchi Houston — the previous historic location of Felix Mexican Restaurant — is saying goodbye with a farewell social gathering on Saturday, April 16 from 5 to 7 pm following its remaining day of enterprise. It is a bittersweet departure. Whereas the store has had a comparatively lengthy tenure within the area — a decade, because it opened in 2012 — proprietor Sean Marshall says the closing is just not by selection.
Marshall and his spouse, Michelle, opened the espresso store after founding their very own roastery and low bean model, Fusion Beansof their storage in 2007.
In keeping with Sean, he first suspect that new property proprietor Radom Capital, and financier JP Morgan Capital, may not renew Southside Espresso’s lease when LaLaLand Form Café, a Dallas-based espresso store chain, arrange store instantly throughout the road in one in all Radom Capital’s different buildings. At that time, Marshall stated he began looking for out if Southside Espresso’s lease could be renewed, however did not get a solution for a couple of weeks. The state of affairs turned clear, although, when workmen got here in to measure the area and stated they have been working for Uchi. Marshall says that after Southside Espresso closes, Uchi will develop into the area. (We have contacted a consultant for Uchi to seek out out what the area might be used for, and when the growth will happen. Moreover, we spoke with a consultant and likewise left a telephone message at Radom Capital to seek out out why the corporate refused to resume Southside Espresso’s lease and can replace this text ought to we obtain a response.)
The choice to not renew Southside Espresso’s lease comes simply as Marshall says enterprise was bouncing again. “We quarreled by means of COVID. We acquired PPP and EIDL loans. We quarreled by means of Radom Capital’s development of Montrose Collective — which was worse than COVID — and began to see a restoration. It is bittersweet as a result of this previous month, the numbers have been higher than they have been for 2 years.”
At this level, the Marshalls’ monetary lifeline is again to the place it was: tied to their espresso roasting firm, Fusion Beans. Sean can also be planning on beginning an espresso trailer and serving at pop-up areas, such because the Montrose Market at 1001 Westheimer (the place the middle housing Spec’s and Half-Worth Books was earlier than it was demolished). “We’ll nonetheless have a bodily presence, small might it’s,” Sean stated. He additionally employed Excessive Key Inventive to refresh the web branding and web site.
Marshall says the easiest way to help Fusion Beans and the upcoming Southside Espresso truck is by buying espresso beans on-line (the corporate ships high quality) and maintaining with new developments on-line on the Fusion Beans and Southside Espresso Instagram accounts.
Editor’s word: an earlier model of this text misidentified the development website that triggered points for Southside Espresso.