EAST OF EADO

Popular Heights Bar to Open New Location in Second Ward This Fall

For its new location, Eight Row Flint will be taking over Night Shift’s former digs along Harrisburg. 

By Daniel Renfrow August 24, 2022

Eight Row Flint's Second Ward location will be conveniently located along METRORail’s Green Line.

Agricole Hospitality’s steady march eastward continues. The hospitality group from industry veterans Morgan Weber, Ryan Pera, and Vincent Huynh has announced that in late fall they will open a second location of their immensely popular Heights ice house, Eight Row Flint, in Second Ward. The group already has three establishments—Indianola, Miss Carousel, and Vinny’s—located in EaDo, but this will be their first foray into Second Ward, which is becoming quite an eat-and-drink destination of late due to burgeoning hot spots like The Plant, which houses buzzy concepts such as Café Louie, How to Survive on Land and Sea, and Popston.

The new location of Eight Row Flint will be housed in the former digs of now-defunct Night Shift Bar (3502 Harrisburg Blvd), which is conveniently located along METRORail’s Green Line, allowing patrons easy access from Downtown to the bar. One noted benefit of the new building is that it comes with a full kitchen, which will enable this second location of Eight Row Flint to offer guests expanded food options. The original location has gained a loyal following due to its innovative cocktail list, which includes Texas-centric flourishes like five different iterations of Ranch Water, and it will continue that legacy at its new Second Ward location, which will offer the same drink menu. 

The new location will be led by a team of longtime Eight Row Flint crew members. Current general manager Christina Ramey, who has been with the ice house since it launched over eight years ago, will now oversee both locations as the new Eight Row Flint concept manager. The current assistant manager of the Heights location, Christian Garza, will transfer to the Second Ward location as the concept’s general manager. Meanwhile, chef Marcelo Garcia, who has been with Agricole Hospitality since 2013, will step into the role of executive chef of Eight Row Flint and will oversee food operations for both locations. 

“We’re so proud of what we’ve built at Eight Row Flint over the last eight years. With this being our first concept expansion, it’s a really exciting moment for us,” said owners Weber, Pera, and Huynh in a statement. “Nurturing our staff and watching them develop is one of the most rewarding elements of being business owners. We couldn’t be happier for these three key team members—Christina, Christian, and Marcelo—to grow alongside the Eight Row Flint concept as they increase their responsibilities and take on these new roles.”  

While this is the group’s first concept expansion, it isn’t the only project they’re working on right now. As covered by Houstonia earlier this summer, Agricole Hospitality plans to open laid-back dive bar EZ’s Liquor Lounge, located next door to their rustic Italian restaurant, Coltivare, on White Oak Drive later this summer—which really means just about any day now.

 

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