Shawn Bermudez has slowly and steadily amassed a small real estate empire along Lower Westheimer to rival that of longtime restaurateur Marco Wiles and recent upstart Bobby Heugel. Wiles owns three spots, Heugel four. But Bermudez -- he now owns five.
|Photos by Katharine Shilcutt|
|Pistolero's serves basic chicken and beef tacos, but also oxtail, lengua, barbacoa and more.|
In addition to Pistolero's, a tacos and tequila joint that replaced Nabi when it opened its doors a couple of weeks ago, Bermudez also owns Boondocks, Royal Oak Bar & Grill, a line-up of resale and vintage clothing shops that includes Pavement and Taxi Taxi, and the upcoming Stone's Throw. He's also a partner in food trucks Koagie Hots and The Golden Grill.
Not bad for a California kid who -- just a year ago -- was busy getting arrested by the Houston Police Department over a [patently ridiculous] noise complaint filed against his principal property, Boondocks. Although it only opened in 2007, Boondocks has already become the so-called "third corner of the Lower Westheimer triangle" along with Poison Girl and Catbirds.
While some longtime Montrose denizens have derided Royal Oak as the "Chili's of Montrose" and fret over the crowds that Bermudez is bringing to the quickly gentrifying neighborhood, there's no denying the positive impact that Bermudez has made in other areas since first moving here in 2004.More »