A new North Heights bar to be housed in a 1920s bungalow promises to bring a laid-back atmosphere and curated drink list to a neighborhood that’s in the midst of a major transition.
The Rabbit Hole HTX, currently under construction, is expected to open in early 2022 at 1317 E. 29th Street, Houston, TX 77009. The surrounding area, including Airline Drive from North Main to I-610, has long been home to some of Houston’s favorite, and oldest, Mexican restaurants, everything from Teotihuacan to El Bollilo Bakery to Tampico Seafood. According to Rabbit Hole’s Nextseed campaign, the minds behind the bar want to bring an intimate drinking destination to the neighborhood, with an on-site kitchen, a 10,000 square foot outdoor space that’s dog-friendly, and a carefully curated list of beers and cocktails.
Promotional materials for the bar promise a “meticulously curated ambiance” that will encourage guest to “burrow in” and “go down the rabbit hole.”
Rabbit Hole’s address, a bungalow built in 1928, is just a few blocks north of the Houston Farmers Market, which is currently undergoing a renovation thanks to Underbelly chef Chris Shepherd. When it opens later this year, the farmer’s market will also feature at least one new restaurant, Wild Oats from Underbelly alum Nick Fine. It’s also just a few miles away from North Shepherd, which has seen a major redevelopment with restaurants like Superica, Mellow Mushroom, Katz’s in the Heights and more. Several major apartment and condo developments are also in the works for the area.
One of the managing partners behind the bar project, Ian Frascati, also has another bar in the works just south of White Oak Bayou, called Sawyer Ice House. According to The Houston Business Journal, he’s also the mind behind the Rice Village Flea Market and another quarterly flea market that takes place at Silver Street Studios every quarter.
When it opens next year, The Rabbit Hole plans to host similar events, including local entertainment and space for food trucks. For now, there is a nascent Facebook page and Instagram profile, and the bar has raised about $7,000 of its $275,000 Nextseed goal. Stay tuned for more details closure to Rabbit Hole’s projected opening date.