Houston Chronicle : Zadok Jewelers to develop mixed-use project on Post Oak

The Zadok family purchased the 1.65-acre property in 2012 from developer Gerald Hines, who built a retail center there in 1971 called Post Oak Row. The 23,000-square-foot strip center at 1801 Post Oak Blvd. was the former home of Tony’s, one of Houston’s oldest restaurants and one of the top-rated in the city. Tony’s moved to a new building in Greenway Plaza in 2005.

Construction will start in August on a five-story, 112,000-square-foot building designed by Austin-based Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, the Zadoks announced Wednesday. The building is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.

“Since purchasing this prime parcel, we’ve carefully considered numerous partnership opportunities, ranging from luxury hotels to office towers and also weighed many of our own ideas for what this site should be,” Dror Zadok said in a statement. “We’re so happy to have made the decision to retain full ownership and creative control and also to be collaborating with such an incredible team at Hsu. We believe the scale and quality are very much in keeping with this stretch of Post Oak Blvd. and truly complement the world-class neighborhood that Uptown Houston has become.”

The jeweler plans to occupy 26,000-square-feet in the new building, nearly doubling its current size. Some 11,000 square feet will be reserved for two restaurants, and the upper levels will house 68,000 square feet of office space.

“Our goal has been to elevate a traditional retail experience by creating an inviting and welcoming arrival — either by car or on foot — that promotes positive energy. Care was taken to define spaces by staggering entry points for the ground floor storefronts and utilizing different materials for each exterior. This not only adds texture and visual appeal, but also breaks up the mass to make it more interesting and approachable,” Hsu’s Jay Colombo said in the statement.

Founded by Helene and Dror Zadok in 1976, the store is now at 1749 Post Oak Blvd.

Originally published in the Houston Chronicle