It wasn't long ago that Downtown Houston was far down the list of destinations within the city for dining, drinking and general merriment. Thanks in part to Heather Swift, the Retail and Residential Programs Manager for the non-profit Downtown District, it's quickly moving up the roster.
Recent additions, or soon-to-open spots near Market Square Park (which is itself a city treasure) that Swift helped woo to the area include Hearsay, Batanga, Fusion Taco, El Big Bad, Little Dipper, Trigger Happy, The Pastry War, OKRA Charity Saloon, Goro & Gun and Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar & Spirit Lodge.
In Swift's own words: "I'm a facilitator, I lead the horse to water, but I can't make it drink. And in the end, a lot of people can share the credit. With the OKRA group I begged them to go on a tour of the spaces while sharing the Downtown District's vision for the area. After that they fell in love and took a leap of faith."