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Leela’s Raw Bar and Abv Establishment to Open on Lower Greenville

I may be the only one who thinks asking patrons to fund a restaurant and bar is bizarre.
By Nancy Nichols |

Sameer Patel and Patrick Bruce, the partnership behind Lower Greenville Feed Company Eatery + Bourbon Lounge, are opening Leela’s Raw Bar & Abv Establishment. Good heavens, that’s a lot of information in the name of a bar and restaurant. The official spelling of the venues’ names are “Lower Greenville Feed Company eatery + bourbon lounge” and “abv establishment.” I have changed the lower-case names to upper case because, No. 1, the D Magazine style book requires it, and No. 2 because I think it is silly and confusing.

Both the eatery and bar are scheduled to open in January 2018. However, the partnership has just launched a campaign to raise capital on NextSeed.

They’ve taken over the former The Crown & Harp Pub at 1914 Greenville Avenue. The first floor will be Leela’s Raw Bar, a Napa Valley-inspired menu with “seasonal, market-driven plates and oysters from throughout North America in an open-air, bright interior featuring an oyster shucking station and meat slicing counter.” Upstairs, Abv (which I can only assume refers to alcohol by volume) will serve “prohibition-style cocktails and light snacks (like flavored popcorns and sliders) in a sultrier space, featuring an independent street-level entrance complete with cheetah-print staircase and grand chandelier.” You will also find 25 wines on tap.

A press release states:

To raise working capital for the buildout of Leela’s & abv, Sameer and Patrick recently launched a campaign with Houston based funding portal NextSeed. Local investors can invest as little as $100 in Leela’s & abv, seeking returns in addition to VIP perks like gift cards and invitations to an exclusive investor launch party.

Let me get this right. Patel and Bruce are asking patrons to help fund their establishment which they have scheduled to open in January. According to my calendar, that is, at best, in 90 to 100 days from today. I don’t frequent Lower Greenville much. I’d love to hear from those of you who do. Is this something you would put money into?

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