Popular vegan food truck Ripe Cuisine will be opening its first brick and mortar location in the historic Heights waterworks space. In a city short on options for vegan diners, this comes as very welcome news to many!
Chef Stephanie Hoban has made a big splash in the Houston restaurant scene already, offering unique vegan creations such as jackfruit carnitas, lentil-mushroom burgers, beet falafel and veggie jambalaya. Lest you think vegans never get to have any fun, food-wise, Ripe Cuisine is also known for their delectable vegan donuts (baked instead of fried, naturally.)
Located at 19th Street and Nicholson, the Waterworks development is an ambitious project by Braun Enterprises to transform an industrial site into a multi-use commercial center with four restaurants and over 5,000 square feet of retail space. Ripe Cuisine will join previously announced restaurant tenants Hopdoddy Burger Bar and Common Bond.
The Heights Waterworks development is the 25th Braun Enterprises project in the Heights to date. According to Braun president Dan Braun, the company aims to embrace and increase the walkability of the neighborhood and eventually connect Yale and Shepherd along 19th Street. “19th Street has always been the bull’s-eye in the Heights for retail,” said Braun, “and by adding four freestanding restaurants, we hope to make this an area for the community to gather.”
While no exact date has been announced, the Waterworks project is expected to be completed in late 2018. We’ll keep you updated as more information about this exciting project is released!