It’s been a rough couple of years for the corner of Studewood Street and East 11th Street.
The former site of Dacapo’s Pastry Cafe, the cafe was sold in 2018 to the proprietors of Carmalita's Cuisine, who operated their family-owned restaurant there until a truck crashed into the building in the summer of 2019. The owners later announced that they would not reopen.
Now the corner has new life. The 7,818-square foot property from 1135-1141 E. 11th St. that includes the corner as well as space adjacent on 11th has been acquired by Wolf Capital Partners. Zach Wolf said they are currently in talks with potential tenants and have signed one.
Graze HTX will move in two spots down from the former Decapo’s.
Owner Alyssa Case said this will be her first brick-and-mortar location for the business, which she started in 2019. The added bonus is she lives four blocks away in the Heights.
Graze HTX creates hand-crafted meat and cheese boards for occasions and events of all sizes. Everything on the boards is local to Houston or to Texas. Right now, Case delivers them but with the new location people can come shop for boards and buy them on-site.
“I want this to be an entertainer’s market,” Case said. “People will be able to pick up a board and if they need a bottle of wine, or a candle, they can get that, too. Really anything to greet their guests.”
Case does not want to be a replacement for Houston Dairymaids, where she gets her cheese, or Heights Grocer, where she enjoys shopping. The crux of her business is in how she arranges and presents the items on the boards for patrons.
“I wanted to find something in the middle and do something different,” Case said.
The new location will allow Case to have the wines and other accessories available as well as offer single-serve options and more vegetable options.
Case said she is excited about the spot because of its prime placement in the Heights.
“It felt like an approachable location,” she said.
Wolf said he is in talks with tenants for the other available spaces and estimates there will be five or six.
“We want to create a place that the neighborhood embraces and wants to patronize,” Wolf said. “The Heights is full of fun destinations and we hope to be a part of that.”
Wolf said they love being on heavily trafficked streets.
“East 11th has steady traffic heading to I-45, while Studewood consistently has traffic flow,” he said. “The site is also nestled in the Norhill District, which is full of families who love to walk.”
Details of the purchase were not disclosed. The Harris County Appraisal District values the property at $1.07 million.
Wolf also owns a retail center at East 20th Street, which was previously profiled in The Leader, and a building at 5013 N. Shepherd Dr.
“We have a few other projects we are working on and hope to announce soon,” Wolf said.