A Tulum-Inspired Lounge And Patio Bar Has Opened In Houston

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A Tulum-Inspired Lounge And Patio Bar Has Opened In Houston

Mi Casa Nomad es su Casa Nomad.

Hip new market, M-K-T Heights, is ready to welcome a new tenet on the grounds of their mixed-use space. On Thursday, September 23, Casa Nomad – a Tulum-inspired Mexican patio and restaurant– opened to the public with tropical chic and jungle disco vibes. [Featured image: @Michael Anthony]

M-K-T Heights is a mixed-use project that encompasses over 200,000 sq. ft. of transformed space, 30 new-and-inspired retail and dining options, 5 buildings for creative adaptation, and 4 acres of landscaped greenspace. Present eateries accounted for include Honeychild’s Sweet Creams, Rakkan Ramen, Blue Sushi Sake Grill, and more. Today, the market adds Casa Nomad to the list.

Photo credit: @Michael Anthony

Casa Nomad is a project by Roland Keller, Tyler Barrera, and Keith Doyle – the minds behind Wicklow Heights, a laidback garden retreat in The Heights.

The 800-square-foot restaurant, bar, and patio designed by award-winning architecture and design studio, Coeval, emulates a boho-chic style with tropical and Tulum-inspired flourishes such as an overhead rope canopy and sky-blue walls. To deepen the vibes, Nomad spins “jungle disco” music the very same one might hear while strolling through the streets of Tulum.

Photo credit: @Michael Anthony

“Tulum has for a longtime been one of our favorite travel destinations,” said Casa Nomad co-owner Roland Keller in a press release. “With Casa Nomad, we wanted to bring a slice of Tulum to Houston so Houstonians can experience in their own back yard the bohemian vibe that makes Tulum such a special place for us. M-K-T provided us with the perfect location in which to bring Casa Nomad to life, and we’re incredibly excited about being a part of the new development.”


As for its menu, Casa Nomad features Mayan-inspired fare courtesy of Executive Chef Vincent Forchelli. Options range from truffle crema-dressed tuna crudo tostadas, and guajillo marmalade-topped bone marrow, to skirt steak adorned with salsa matcha and mushroom agridulce that will be served with corn tortillas. Dessert will also be available in the form of Coconut Panna Cotta with charred pineapple, guava gelee and mint; and the Chocolate Churro with gualjillo chili, chocolate mousse and citrus.

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Of course, the restaurant also serves a dazzling variety of beachy cocktails, such as the El Centote with elote liqueur, green chartreuse, velvet falernum, Vago Elote Mezcal, pineapple and demerara garnished with mint and a pineapple slice; as well as the El Diablo spun with blanco tequila, cilantro, lime juice, Midori, agave, and habanero slices garnished with a habanero slice and a Tajín rim.

“The concepts behind Casa Nomad and Highline Park are the perfect puzzle piece to M-K-T’s line up of dynamic on-site retail and dining,” says Scott Arnoldy, founder of Triten Real Estate Partners, which teamed up with Radom Capital and Long Warf Capital for the development of M-K-T. “With direct access off of the Heights Hike and Bike Trail and an amazingly designed space, it’s the place one will want to take their family and friends to grab amazing food, a unique cold drink or cocktail, and where they can sit back and enjoy live music on the lawn or take in an on-site event. This type of experience is what is taking M-K-T to the next level and truly making it Houston’s most exciting new mixed-use development.”

Photo credit: @Michael Anthony

Casa Nomad is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4 pm to midnight. This fall, the hospitality group is opening a new upscale patio bar called Highline Park adjacent to Casa Nomad at M-K-T Heights.

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