Pelican Builders Welcome Residents To First New Upper Kirby Condo Offering In Years; Boutique Midrise Adds To Pedestrian Appeal Of Sought-After, Inner Loop Neighborhood
WITH ITS INAUGURAL set of residents newly moved in, Pelican Builders’ mid-rise condominium Westmore at 2323 W Main Street in Upper Kirby is already seeing the blossoming of a tight-knit community. Designed by Houston-based Mirador Group the Westmore is the first new condominium product to be introduced to the in-demand, inner loop neighborhood in more than three years. And with remaining two-bedroom homes starting at $895,000, it’s a remarkable value for this increasingly pricey area, where condos can easily climb to several million dollars and more.
The Westmore’s intimate, mid-rise scale was intended to complement, rather than overpower, its charming surroundings, which range from renovated bungalows and multiplexes to high-end patio homes and townhomes plus multi-million-dollar single-family residences. And while just seven stories, residents are afforded beautiful treetops and skyline views that belie its modest size.
Perfectly nestled just off bustling Kirby Drive, just outside River Oaks, and moments from West University, the 33-residence property boasts an enviable 92 Walk Score. The proximity to things both useful and enjoyable has been one of its biggest sale drivers given the plethora of things that a pedestrian can so easily access just blocks away, from Whole Foods Market and Levy Park to Pinstripes bowling and bocce and Color Factory, plus a slew of antique and design stores, art galleries, service offerings, and fitness studios. And that doesn’t touch the surface of a literal bounty of restaurants for every taste, ranging from The Original Carrabba’s, Kiran's, and Thai newcomer MaKiin to recently opened bistro PS-21, Armando’s, Local Foods and Relish.
According to Pelican Builders founder Robert Bland, “The appeal for this building spans upwardly mobile young professionals to downsizing couples in their 50s and 60s, and they’re all drawn to a no maintenance lifestyle with the best of the city at their fingertips. At the Westmore, they have all that with the bonus of a 24-hour doorman for security purposes.”
The property is exclusively sold and marketed by Douglas Elliman Development Marketing. Its model residence is open Monday – Tuesday and Thursday – Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm or by appointment. For more information or to book an appointment to tour, please call or text 713-600-5096 or visit www.westmorehouston.com.
Ready to Rodeo?! Lasso All the Fried Fun and Fuel with These Specials, from Happy Hour to Late Night
THE HOUSTON LIVESTOCK Show & Rodeo is back in the saddle, Feb. 27-March 17. Whether you’re seeking pre-show snacks, a righteous dinner, a quick happy hour, or late-night nosh, H-Town eateries have you covered. Rope in these food and drink rodeo specials while their hot!
Through March 7, the River Oaks neighborhood favorite will whip up rib-sticking rodeo eats including 44 Farms mini corn dogs and all-beef hot dogs with spicy mustard. Its puled-pork sandwich comes with Relish BBQ sauce and slaw on a brioche bun with a side of fries, and the Rodeo Burger, also with Relish BBQ sauce, is stacked with house-ground beef, cheddar, shoestring onions, and a side of fries. Rodeo Ribs — a half rack of smoked St. Louis ribs — come with choice of collards or fries (available at dinner time only). New cocktails like the Space City Cowboy with bourbon, blackberry, mint, lemon and maple, and the Rodeo Rita with mezcal, tequila, lime and blood orange, are fitting for city slickers.
Trill Burger's Trillen's burger (photo by Dylan McEwan)
Trill Burgers, co-founded by Houston’s own Bun B, will offer two new items for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in collaboration with Houston chef Ronnie Killen: Trillen’s Burger topped with Killen’s Sweet Barbecue Sauce, and Trillen’s Brisket Fries. Items are only available at the Trill Burgers Rodeo booth in Rodeo Plaza (RP65) outside of NRG Center at NRG Park Feb. 27-Mar. 17. Trill Burgers’ outdoor Rodeo Plaza location will offer the OG Burger and Vegan OG Burger combos. Rapper Bun B’s “All-American Takeover” March 12 features special guest performances by Rick Ross, E-40, Too Short, That Mexican OT and more. Tickets are available at rodeohouston.com.
GJ Saloon (photo by Becca Wright)
To celebrate Rodeo season, Georgia James is turning its expansive upstairs lounge into a western-themed watering hole playfully named “GJ Saloon.”Feb. 28-March 16, hang out rodeo-style in the saloon with live musical performances every Wed.-Sat.; live airing of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo on its TVs; daily happy hour from 5-7pm ($1 oysters, $7 martinis and more). A three-course Rodeo Prix Fixe ($95) stars fine steak and seafood, and specialty rodeo-themed cocktails including Mr. Cash’s Fire Water (tequila, passion fruit, hibiscus, jalapeno, lime, sparkling water, tajin rim), and more. The entire Georgia James menu will be on offer in the GJ Saloon.
Underbelly Hospitality’s serene Italian spot will offer a prix-fixe menu ($70) during rodeo season. Two-step on over for four courses with your choice of salads, ravioli or spaghetti and meatballs, and entrees of Gulf snapper or strip steak. For dessert, tiramisu or chocolate tart will not get the boot!
Downtown rodeo revelers can rustle up western-themed bites before hitting the road (or the light rail at the nearby Preston station). Hotel ICON's restaurant and bar dishes out a festive menu of food and happy hour specials Mon.-Fri., 2 p.m to 6 p.m. Drop in for chopped brisket, barbecue grilled polenta, Texas venison stew, blue pig burger and pulled duck confit sliders. Texas draft beers are $3.
Want to keep the party going? CIEL’s kitchen will stay open until 1am on Fridays and Saturdays with a late-night menu featuring ribeye, French fries and truffle pizza for rodeo-goers. Bottle specials are on offer every night for the duration of rodeo season; and the restaurant offers a luxury sprinter van that can shuttle guests to and from CIEL to the Rodeo (and vice versa). Interested parties can call the restaurant or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve the service.
Goode Co. BBQ
Goode Co. will offer a special limited-time menu item through rodeo season at Goode Co. Armadillo Palace and Goode Co. BBQ on Kirby. At Armadillo Palace, guests can order the All-Night Revival, a cocktail featuring Milam & Greene Bourbon, lemon, strawberry, ginger and amaro. At Goode Co. BBQ, its 1977 Sandwich is piled high with sliced brisket, ham, mac’n’cheese, jalapeno, bacon and onion.
Beginning Feb. 27, the Enchilada Queen will bring back the Texcoco Enchilada, a fiery barbacoa enchilada topped with chile de arbol red sauce, fresh chopped onions and cheese. The special ($17.95) includes rice and beans or a salad and is available for lunch and dinner during the entire run of the rodeo.
THOSE WISHING TO honor the lives and legacies of George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush gathered for a special, all-star dinner at the Post Oak Hotel. Celebs from politics, sports and music were among them, with former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice taking the stage to make remarks.
Two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning was also on hand. Country music legend Lee Greenwood performed his iconic song, “Proud to Be an American.”
The celebration of Bush’s “selfless service, kindness, and civility, which serves as an inspiration for the leaders of tomorrow” was the largest so-called Presidential Salute yet, said a rep for the George & Barbara Bush Foundation. Some 600 guests were in attendance, helping raise a whopping $1 million.
In her remarks to the crowd as part of a panel moderated by KHOU anchor Len Cannon, “Rice reflected on the Bushes’ legacy, noting that people love the Bushes because they loved people and that they treated others with respect and honor,” said the foundation rep. “Manning said mentors like President and Mrs. Bush, who give back to the community and ‘walk the walk,’ make it easy to follow in their footsteps.”
Another memorable moment came when Pierce Bush, grandson of the former president and first lady, toasted his grandparents, reading from a handwritten note to him from his granddad. The note referenced going fishing on one of the president’s boats, which was auctioned off as part of the evening’s fundraising efforts. An anonymous buyer picked up the 2011 speed boat for $435,000.
Dinner was fit for a president, too. Maine lobster bisque was followed by hibiscus-glazed short rib, with Mastro’s famous butter cake as the wow-factor dessert. Fabulous wine pairings included Cellier des Chartreux Sauvignon Blanc “Blue” 2022 and Smith Devereux “IBEX” Merlot 2019.
Andrea Gaston, Mary Carrida, Mary Kate Cary, Rob Cary
Betty Welsh, Christi Voelkel, Neil Bush, Mark Welsh, Tyson Voelkel
Brenda Mahoney, Jason Mahoney, Jayton Rainey, Melanie Toler
Brenda Robinson, Jean Becker, Neil Bush, Becky Russell, Elizabeth Russell Latham, Garrett Latham
Bush Foundation CEO, Honorable Andrew H. Card, Jr.
Evan Lee, Lisa Lee, Pierce Bush
Garrett Latham, Elizabeth-Russell Latham
Harriet McClure, Dr. Frank B. Ashley III, Fred McClure
Hunter Goodwin, Harriet McClure, Amber Goodwin
Irina Borovaya, Andrey Drozdov, Pierce Bush, Richard Zientek, Leslie Zientek
Tyson Voelkel, Christi Voelkel, Dr. Frank B. Ashley III, Janice Ashley