Houston Coffee Shop Southside Espresso Bids an Unwilling Farewell to Montrose

Houston Coffee Shop Southside Espresso Bids an Unwilling Farewell to Montrose

Sean Marshall at Southside Espresso

Southside Espresso at 904 Westheimer in the very same creating as Uchi Houston — the former historic spot of Felix Mexican Restaurant — is stating goodbye with a farewell social gathering on Saturday, April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. following its final working day of organization. It’s a bittersweet departure. Whilst the shop has experienced a somewhat lengthy tenure in the area — a decade, as it opened in 2012 — owner Sean Marshall says the closing is not by preference.

Marshall and his spouse, Michelle, opened the espresso store immediately after founding their very own roastery and coffee bean manufacturer, Fusion Beans, in their garage in 2007.

According to Sean, he 1st suspected that new property owner Radom Cash, and financier J.P. Morgan Money, may possibly not renew Southside Espresso’s lease when LaLaLand Type Café, a Dallas-dependent coffee store chain, established up shop instantly throughout the street in just one of Radom Capital’s other properties. At that position, Marshall reported he commenced striving to find out if Southside Espresso’s lease would be renewed, but did not get an response for a couple of weeks. The problem grew to become distinct, though, when workmen came in to evaluate the place and claimed they have been operating for Uchi. Marshall states that immediately after Southside Espresso closes, Uchi will develop into the space. (We have contacted a representative for Uchi to find out what the house will be made use of for, and when the enlargement will just take area. Moreover, we spoke with a agent and also remaining a mobile phone concept at Radom Cash to discover out why the company refused to renew Southside Espresso’s lease and will update this posting must we obtain a response.)

fusion beans and southside espresso beverages
Fusion Beans coffee and Southside Espresso beverages on the very little gravel patio outside the store. Courtesy image.

The final decision to not renew Southside Espresso’s lease arrives just as Marshall says enterprise was bouncing again. “We struggled through COVID. We got PPP and EIDL financial loans. We struggled by way of Radom Capital’s development of Montrose Collective — which was worse than COVID — and began to see a restoration. It is bittersweet mainly because this past month, the figures had been greater than they’ve been for two many years.”

At this place, the Marshalls’ economic lifeline is again to in which it was: tied to their espresso roasting company, Fusion Beans. Sean is also planning on starting up an espresso trailer and serving at pop-up areas, these as the Montrose Market at 1001 Westheimer (where by the center housing Spec’s and Fifty percent-Value Books was ahead of it was demolished). “We’ll however have a physical presence, compact may possibly it be,” Sean mentioned. He also hired Higher Key Resourceful to refresh the on line branding and site.

Marshall claims the best way to support Fusion Beans and the forthcoming Southside Espresso truck is by buying coffee beans on the net (the company ships nationwide) and retaining up with new developments on the web at the Fusion Beans and Southside Espresso Instagram accounts.

Editor’s note: an previously version of this report misidentified the development web page that triggered concerns for Southside Espresso.


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