After months of renovation and preparation, the greatly anticipated Heights General Store will open its doors. This new neighborhood market, kitchen, restaurant and bar is located on 19th Street in the famed Harold’s building.

Major renovations have transformed the former department store into a casual, yet elegant space. The second floor features a full bar, main dining room, covered rooftop terrace and a private dining room for special occasions. Renowned Executive Chef Antoine Ware’s custom menu focuses on fine Southern Cuisine with a twist. Vegetables and protein are locally and regionally sourced. Many menu items are made in-house, such as home-cured bacon, freshly ground sausage, flatbreads and pizza dough. The restaurant serves dinner Monday through Saturday and brunch on both Saturday and Sunday.

The full bar menu includes a wide selection of wines, craft beer, specialty cocktails, and house-made margaritas and Bloody Mary’s.

Following a “fresh, local and natural” concept, the downstairs market features fresh produce secured from local and regional growers, and a variety of prepared foods, artisan breads, fresh meats, dairy, household goods and sundries.

Breakfast and lunch are served from the first floor counter, which includes a coffee and juice bar. Homemade pizzas are fired in a wood-stone pizza oven.

Founder and longtime Heights resident, Alli Jarrett, said “I am so excited to bring this unique concept to the neighborhood. My goal is provide a relaxed, comfortable environment with convenience close to home and a delicious dining experience. Supporting our local and regional growers and suppliers is also important to me.”

Also significant to Alli is honoring the legacy of Harold and Milton Wiesenthal and the history of Harold’s department store, which clothed the best dressed Houstonians for over six decades, including former President Bush and many professional athletes. The Wiesenthal brothers were given the space by their father in 1950 and then grew it to a 7,000 square foot store offering the finest in quality men’s fashions and tailor-made attire. A section of the second floor features Harold’s memorabilia and the original men’s dressing room mirror is showcased on the main dining room wall.

Jarrett’s business concept stemmed from growing up in a family wholesale grocery business that her grandparents operated for 52 years, in Kingstree, a small town in the low country of South Carolina.

Heights General Store is located at 350 W. 19th St. The entrance to the restaurant is located on the alley/rear side of the building off Ashland Street.


Information provided by Macy Bodenhamer of The Lee Group.

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