M-K-T Signs Mendocino Farms and Honeychild's Sweet Creams

Oliva Pulsinelli | Houston Business Journal

May 21, 2019

A mixed-use project repurposing more than 200,000 square feet of industrial buildings in the Heights has secured its first tenants.

Houston-based Radom Capital and Houston-based Triten Real Estate Partners are developing the 12-acre site at North Shepherd Street and 6th and 7th streets.

Two restaurants have been confirmed for the development, dubbed M-K-T, while some other tenants are still being finalized, according to a press release. Shop Cos. is handling retail leasing for the project.

Leases signed, expected to open in late summer or early fall 2020:

  • Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market, which plans to open its first Houston locations in Rice Village this summer, in Uptown Park this fall and at 609 Main downtown this winter, according to its website.
  • Honeychild's Sweet Creams, the first brick-and-mortar location of the Houston-based frozen custard company, which sells its products in various grocers, stores and farmers markets in the Houston area and Bellville, per its website.

Per the release, "a national lifestyle-oriented concept featuring simple, seasonal healthy salad and grain bowls made from scratch using produce delivered that day" also signed a lease but has not been named.

Leases still being finalized:

  • A locally operated ice house to anchor the south side of the property along the White Oak Bayou Trail. It will include a large patio, hammock grove, movie screen and a large outdoor game area.
  • Heights-based yoga studio, which also will operate a 70-foot yoga lawn along the trail.

Other types of tenants M-K-T expects to add include a local clothing boutique, a coffee shop and several retail and beauty concepts.

The Houston Business Journal has reached out to the developers for information about the brokers that represented Mendocino and Honeychild as well as the size of their leases.

M-K-T will contain 100,000 square feet of creative office space and 100,000 square feet of chef-driven restaurants, first-to-market retailers and studio fitness concepts, HBJ previously reported. It also will feature an abundance of green space and a boardwalk-inspired gathering space around the Heights bike trails. Russell Hodges and Bubba Harkins with Chicago-based JLL's Houston office will handle the office leasing, HBJ reported in November.

Boston-based Long Wharf Capital LLC is financing the project. Michael Hsu Office of Architecture designed the project, Houston-based Method Architecture is the architect of record, and SWA Group is the landscape architect.

The project is about five times the size of Heights Mercantile, another mixed-use redevelopment from Radom Capital, Managing Principal Steve Radom told HBJ in November. The 40,000-square-foot Heights Mercantile delivered in 2017 and won a 2018 HBJ Landmark Award. It was sold in July 2018.