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Post Oak Grill expanding

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Post Oak Grill is expanding into another fashionable part of town.

The restaurant — whose original location is in the Galleria area — is expected to open in about two months in Midtown at 3017 Milam.

The project joins other restaurants and clubs opening in Midtown, where the nightlife scene has been expanding.

A seafood restaurant called Reef is under construction at the corner of McGowen and Travis. And an Italian eatery, Craiganale's Little Italy, whose owners operate a deli downtown, recently opened on Smith.
 
A wine bar called 13 Celsius has opened in a renovated building on Caroline.

Clubs and restaurants improve security in the area, because "there's more life on the streets," said F. Charles LeBlanc, executive director of the Midtown TIRZ and Redevelopment Authority.

The Midtown Post Oak Grill will be similar to the original restaurant, but updated to feel like an upscale, yet casual, New York-style restaurant, according to publicist Jeffrey Smith of Smith & Sacco Public Relations.

Restaurant owner Polo Becerra has two other locations in Houston, a Post Oak Grill downtown and a new concept called Polo's in the Greenway Plaza area.

Described as New American, the food in Midtown will be similar to Post Oak Grill, with culinary innovations. The 5,000-square-foot restaurant, designed by local architect Todd Blitzer, will seat 120 inside and have a large outdoor patio.

To be sure, new apartments and townhomes in the area will help fill some of these establishments. As many as 75 new townhomes are under construction on the eastern edge of Midtown, LeBlanc said.

Jonathan Farb, grandson of late real estate developer Harold Farb, is planning an apartment complex at Bagby near McGowen.

And another builder could soon start developing a large site in Midtown long referred to as the superblock. This parcel, uninterrupted by cross streets, is bordered by Main, McGowen, Travis and Anita. Apartment giant Camden Property Trust has owned the land for years and is in the process of acquiring a shopping center on Travis to expand the site, said Ric Campo, the company's chairman and CEO.