POST Houston, abandoned post office turned restaurant and concert hall, sets opening date

For years, the Barbara Jordan post office in downtown Houston quietly morphed into POST Houston: a mixed-use development featuring a restaurant inspired by night markets where small vendors sell street food in Asia, a 5.5 acre rooftop park where a rotating music stage offers skyline views and a warehouse-style concert hall. Now, the developer behind the project, Lovett Commercial, has announced the official opening date of POST Houston: November 13.

Project features include a shiny double helix that stretches to the top of the old 555,000 square foot mail sorting warehouse, one of the many unusual stairs leading to the roof, as well as a translucent plastic and lightweight known as ETFE and designed for the aerospace industry. It stretches in bubbles over large excised parts of the ceiling, allowing natural light to filter through into a dining room.

The rooftop gardens, where restaurants can request ingredients to be grown, will unfurl overhead. Blackwood Land Education Institute, a group that runs a 33-acre non-profit educational farm in Waller County, will also sell vegetables, fruits and herbs that it grows in the rooftop gardens for people to take them home and use them.

The sprawling complex includes restaurants, shops and offices, a hotel, a concert hall and a wedding hall. Lovett Commercial announced that the first tenants will include flexible workspace provider Common Desk and several restaurants.

Common Desk will offer a mix of coworking, private offices and office suites.

“We are excited to provide a coworking space exclusively for the project in addition to designing the ready-to-move-in suites that (commercial real estate company) CBRE will rent,” said Dawson Williams, real estate manager at Common Desk, in a statement.

Recently announced restaurants include Brooklyn-born Roberta’s wood-fired pizzeria G’Raj Mahal, an Indian restaurant that has its roots in Austin’s food trucks, Motto Ramen, run by Houstonian behind Chinatown’s Tiger Den. and Rollin Phatties a Pakistani food truck that makes the leap to brick and mortar. Whisk Crêpes Café, Thrive Juices, Flower & Cream, Earth and Roots CBD and Return to Sender & Address Unknown will also be tenants on opening day.

Previously announced tenants include Golfstrømmen Seafood Market, Saison Cellar, Salt & Time Butcher Shop, The Butcher’s Burger, Hawker Street Food Bar, East Side King, ChòpnBlọk, Andes Café, Thai Kun, Soy Pinoy, Lea Jane’s Hot Chicken, Taco Fuego, BlendIn Coffee Club, Abu Omar Halal, GELU Italian Ice, Sweets with L&L and SOUPreme.

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