Heights Restaurant and Wine Bar Owners Set To Open a New Hideaway

Heights Hideaway and The Post Beer & Wine Garden owners Rebecca and Tashi Garcia. Photo by Bryan Patrick Smith.

Heights Hideaway, a new neighborhood bar from the owners of The Post Beer & Wine Garden, is coming to 1040 West Cavalcade in the Heights this summer. Owned and operated by husband-and-wife duo Tashi and Rebecca Garcia, Heights Hideaway aims to capitalize on the current boom happening in the Sunset Heights area. Tashi told Houston Food Finder it was a natural progression, adding, “the area has changed so much in recent years with a revamp in homes, the farmers market and new businesses,” including the opening of nearby 2024 James Beard Award Semifinalist restaurant Jūn. 

The couple first met while working at the Houston location of Smith & Wollensky, where Tashi worked as the sommelier and wine buyer. Tashi has spent his entire professional career in the hospitality industry, and Rebecca has significant experience as well, in addition to a background as an architect. Their combined skills and passion for the industry led to the opening of The Post in October of 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic left them both looking for work. They took a chance on bringing a two-story building  — which had housed a cantina for three-quarters of a century — from the precipice of decay. 

In the end, their hard work paid off.  It’s been a hit, drawing crowds throughout the week who come to enjoy a bespoke wine list alongside a menu replete with fine steaks cooked over a wood-fired grill, tacos, small bites, Wednesday pasta specials and one of this writer’s favorite burgers in Houston. They hope to repeat this success with Heights Hideaway, which they plan to open at the beginning of summer.

The cheeseburger and fries at Post Beer & Wine Garden. Courtesy photo.
The cheeseburger and fries at Post Beer & Wine Garden. Courtesy photo.

“Our concepts have a level of comfort and approachability to them,” Tashi explained. “They are somewhere between nice and casual, it’s like going to a friend’s living room you feel welcomed and you know you are going to have a good time.”

The impetus behind the bar came to them during a trip to Italy hosted by Pierinna Bianchini, owner of wine promoter Emotion for Passion. Tashi explained, “While there, we stayed at the Ca Bevilacqua Bed and Breakfast and were in awe of the beauty.” The Garcias discussed creating a space around that experience. Aesthetically, what they decided on was “Old World meets Bohemian with a touch of northern Africa.”

Much of the design is coming from Rebecca, who has been cultivating this “old world eclectic vibe” by utilizing a collection of upcycled and repurposed materials as well as eye-catching pieces such as “beautiful doors imported from the Mediterranean found at Saltaire Architectural Antiques, and a front door from Architectural Salvage Warehouse in Galveston,” along with some lucky thrifting finds.

Set Roots landscaping will be handling the softscape on the grounds and patio area and the Garcias are working with Shannon Campos of C&C Collaborative Interiors “to ensure the concept feels cohesive and flows.”

Heights Hideaway, still under construction, aims for an early summer 2024 opening. Photo by Tashi Garcia.
Heights Hideaway, still under construction, aims for an early summer 2024 opening. Photo by Tashi Garcia.

Similar to how The Post curates a list of offerings from boutique and independent wineries (full disclosure — I am among its suppliers), the approach at Heights Hideaway will focus on craft spirits, in addition to mixed drinks and beer. The selection will be wide enough to appeal to both the casual drinker and the seasoned connoisseur alike. Small-batch whiskeys will be featured as specials on “Whiskey Wednesdays”, along with hand-picked flights, to encourage guests to try new and interesting spirits. “Sweet Saturdays” are also planned, where guests will have the option to pair a sweet treat with signature cocktails along with a limited menu of desserts, coffee and light bites.

Inside the bar will be two televisions for guests to catch a game, and there are plans to add more to the patio, which is dog-friendly and offers additional seating with more spread-out space for large groups. Golf cart parking is available in front of the bar.

The Garcia’s are currently hiring for all positions. Interested applicants can apply through the website, with Tashi adding, “As operators, we like the idea of giving the staff an opportunity to grow within the business, because we know they are the lifeblood that helps keep the lights on and we couldn’t grow without them. It’s a nice way to show our appreciation and gratitude.”

Heights Hideaway will be open Tuesday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m. For updates on the opening, follow the Instagram page.

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