Bar Beat

Tavern on Gray Could Soon Be an Apartment Complex

You may have often fantasized about living at the Tavern on Gray (I haven't, but understand the industry nights and crawfish at the place are pretty wicked). And you may soon get your chance to do so.

We received an anonymous tip yesterday that the longstanding pub changed hands in November 2010 due to foreclosure and is currently the matter of negotiations between its current owner -- Joseph Martin of Waughsup LLC -- and The Hanover Company, a "national developer of luxury apartments."

County records show the bar's ownership changed from Houston Sierra Grill (which had owned the Tavern for ten years) to Waughsup LLC last November. The recently formed Waughsup LLC shares an address with All Texas Refrigeration in Montrose, also owned by Martin.

Neither Joseph Martin nor the Hanover Company returned phone calls inquiring into the alleged negotiations, but our anonymous tipster claimed that if the acquisition went through, it would be "plus or minus six months" before the Tavern was torn down to make way for a new apartment building.

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Katharine Shilcutt