Business Roundup: Casa Nomad now open, Buck Mason coming to Montrose Collective

Food at Casa Nomad is inspired by coastal Mexican cities. (Courtesy Michael Anthony)
Food at Casa Nomad is inspired by coastal Mexican cities. (Courtesy Michael Anthony)

Food at Casa Nomad is inspired by coastal Mexican cities. (Courtesy Michael Anthony)

A number of new businesses are now open or coming soon to the Heights, River Oaks and Montrose areas. Among them is Casa Nomad, a newly opened restaurant in the Heights inspired by the cuisine of Tulum, Mexico, and Buck Mason, a Los Angeles-based apparel brand coming to Montrose.

1. The first Houston location of American apparel brand Buck Mason is slated to open in spring 2022 in the Montrose Collective development at 906 Westheimer Road, Houston. The store will replace Hue Salon, which has plans to relocate to a larger suite at 888 Westheimer Road in late 2021, according to a Sept. 24 press release from Radom Capital, the developer behind Montrose Collective.

Buck Mason was founded in Venice, California, in 2013 by Erik Allen Ford and Sasha Koehn. The company specializes in handcrafted T-shirts, denim jeans, chino pants and button-up shirts.

Upon completion late this fall, Montrose Collective will feature 25 merchants, chefs and wellness concepts, according to the release, as well as creative office tenants. The development will also be the future home of the Montrose Library.

2. Casa Nomad opened Sept. 23 in the M-K-T Heights development at 600 N. Shepherd Drive, Houston. The eatery is housed entirely on a 28-seat outdoor covered patio, and the menu focuses on Mayan-inspired fare. Read more here.

The same trio also plans to open Highline Park later this fall next door to Casa Nomad. The bar will share a kitchen and restrooms with the eatery. A cocktail menu includes classic selections as well as original drinks, such as the Trail to Trail, made with bourbon, avua oak, demerara, angostura and mole bitters.

3. Owners with the Houston hot dog cart Yoyo's Hotdogs are aiming for early to mid-October to open the eatery's first brick-and-mortar location at 4620 Washington Ave., Houston. The eatery specializes in 100% all-beef hot dogs that are made to order, and customers can choose from a wide variety of toppings. Read more here.

4. Ellee Salon + Spa opened Sept. 24 in Houston Heights at 707 Yale St., Ste. 200, Houston. The luxury salon and spa chain was launched by Lesha Wincher, who was crowned Miss Houston USA in 2018. Services include facials, waxing, tanning, massages, laser hair removal and hairstyling. Customers can also use the space to host private events. 346-980-8787.

5. Luxury eyewear chain Ray-Ban opened its newest location Sept. 3 at M-K-T Heights, 600 N. Shepherd Drive, Bldg. 4, Houston, offering both the latest Ray-Ban designs as well as classic designs for all occasions. The new store is centrally located inside the M-K-T Heights development with its entrance facing the Heights Hike and Bike Trail. 832-844-3128.

6. Open-kitchen concept Concura Italian Bites opened at the end of August at 4340 Westheimer Road, Ste. 150, Houston, in the River Oaks area. The contemporary eatery was launched by Italy native and fashion consultant Jessica Biondi, who said the menu explores the less discovered regions of Italy’s Adriatic coast. Dishes include pappa al pomodoro and carbonara di pesce as well as a variety of tartare and charcuterie. A drink menu includes wines from Italy, the U.S., France and South Africa along with signature cocktails. 832-997-4220.


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