A Look Back: New and Noteworthy of 2019 in Midtown Houston
(Photo via Electric FeelGood on Facebook)
Moving into a new decade is exciting, but 2019 was so sweet that we aren’t quite ready to let it go. Before we boldly move into 2020, let’s take a moment to celebrate the new developments that made Midtown Houston an even better place to live and play in 2019.
The 72-story high-rise at 2850 Fannin St. set the stage for Laneways, a 3.5-acre development planned for Midtown. This luxury mixed-use project adds 357 residential units to Midtown, complete with a 4,000 square-foot sky lounge, an outdoor yoga lawn, a pool with a swim-up bar, valet, and concierge service.
In the fall of 2019, Midtown got a deliciously retro new party spot: Electric FeelGood, a place where adults can go to feel nostalgic while sipping and sharing. With 11,000 square feet spread out over two floors, we saw stellar Instagram opportunities, seemingly endless seating options, and a turbo-sized TV that delighted sports fans. The menu is focused on flatbreads, dressed-up potatoes, sandwiches, and desserts, with some retro weekend brunch items.
The Gypsy Poet
To enhance the thriving small business community, we were thrilled to welcome a pizzeria promising wood-fired Neopolitan-style pizza and traditional Italian classics like burrata. Boasting a casual, modern vibe, The Gypsy Poet opened to rave reviews in March of 2019. Exceptional artisanal pizza, delightful staff, and dog-friendly seating outside have kept this new kid on the block in high demand.
Taste Bar + Kitchen
In late March of last year, chef Don Bowie began dishing up comfort food in the former Sterling House at 3015 Bagby St. Guests have since indulged in gourmet chicken (and other savory-style) waffles, including chicken-fried lobster and vegan chicken, exotic macaroni and cheese dishes, champagne, and signature cocktails. An upstairs stage hosts live music, as does the patio. Bowie calls his menu “happy food,” and we couldn’t agree more.
Whole Foods Market
As of November, Midtown became home to its very own Whole Foods Market, situated on the first floor of Pearl Marketplace Apartments. The usual high-end grocery fare lives alongside a smorgasbord of hot takeaway items for shoppers. A bulk section encourages waste-conscious shoppers to bring their own containers, and there are Amazon Prime discounts abound. All in all, this elevates the Midtown shopping game for residents who are opting for a less car-dependent existence.
2019 brought much to celebrate in Midtown, and we look forward to an equally promising 2020. Stay tuned as we unveil the new Bagby Park this year, which is currently undergoing renovations. More information on the park changes is available here: https://bit.ly/2WnG0Zj.