June 27, 2022



Underbelly Hospitality drops plans for Foo Fighters-themed bar

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Everlong Bar & Hideaway, one of chef Chris Shepherd’s forthcoming concepts inspired by the Foo Fighters, will not open after all.

Underbelly Hospitality representative Lindsey Brown said on Friday that the group no longer plans to go forward with the bar, which was slated to replace the recently closed UB Preserv restaurant at 1609 Westheimer in Montrose.

“Underbelly Hospitality has decided not to move forward on Everlong,” Brown said. “They’ve decided to focus their bar efforts on the upstairs lounge of Georgia James (Georgia’s Parlor is the working name right now).”

According to Brown, Underbelly Hospitality partner Todd Mason is looking to hand over the lease of the former UB Preserv to a willing leasee who can begin immediate operations with the location’s existing amenities.

“The lease on 1609 Westheimer is up in November, and Todd is currently looking for someone who wants a turn-key restaurant (tables, chairs, equipment, etc.) to take over the lease,” Brown said.

Georgia James is delayed by a month, now scheduled to open in May. Pastore should open in June or July.

Previous descriptions of Everlong positioned the concept as the spiritual successor to Underbelly Hospitality’s popular Hay Merchant beer bar, which was adjacent to the group’s Georgia James flagship location at 1100 Westheimer. Both of them closed in December.

An ode to Shepherd’s love of the American alt-rock band, the bar’s name was based on the famous Foo Fighters song “Everlong,” and, perhaps ironically, drew on the idea of permanence—a rare commodity on the Houston food scene in the age of COVID-19.

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As it stands now, much of the Underbelly Hospitality portfolio is in a state of flux. Georgia James is currently operating out of the group’s One Fifth space at it awaits the completion of its permanent digs in Regent Square just off Allen Parkway in May.

Pastore, Underbelly’s new Italian concept, will also open in Regent Square later this summer.

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