The New Development Near Montrose & Westheimer, For Your Approval

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The storefronts across from Ruggles near the uber-Houston intersection of Westheimer & Montrose -- the buildings that include the fabled, lamented Felix Restaurant -- are getting a makeover.

Not an inspiring makeover, if the artist's renderings obtained by Swamplot are any indication.

It looks like the style is Generic Suburban Strip Mall to our uncouth eyes.

What it looks like now:

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Here's the side view from Grant Street, with the wall from Felix on the left:

Color Swamplot commenters not impressed:

meh...its a shame they give up on the distinctive aspect of the building so they can put an utterly generic gabled entry. Why don't they embrace the funky situation of putting a sushi house in a classic texmex restaurant. You'd think those folks from Austin would know all about being "weird"....

The buildings used to house Prive and Caffe Den besides Felix; now they will contain Austin-based sushi place Ushi and two other yet-to-be-determined businesses.

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