Retail News: Exterior Work nearly complete on Fountain View El Bolillo

The future El Bolillo sits in what was the parking lot of The Firehouse Saloon. An unrelated gas station will occupy the site of the bar.

El Bolillo the Mexican Bakery chain taking Houston by storm, has completed a majority of the exterior work on its new location at Fountain View and 59. The project is a bit delayed from its initial conception, with working only starting after the Mission Bend El Bolillo finally held its grand opening last November. Plans had initially called for the ex-Luby’s Bake Shop to be open by April 2023, but undisclosed hiccups pushed the date back a few months. In the meantime, the site of the former Firehouse Saloon along the Southwest Freeway has sat vacant since a devastating 2021 fire resulted in a clearing of the property. While El Bolillo has yet to announce an opening date, informed sources expect that this new location is still more than a couple of months out. It seems like the company is taking things slow, looking for perfection. There are currently four El Bollio operating in Houston; this location will be the fifth.