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PARK AND DINE Teas Nursery in Bellaire Readies for Its Reincarnation as Evelyn’s Park A destination restaurant is coming to the new Bellaire park from Zelko Concepts. By Katharine Shilcutt  9/17/2015 at 3:38pm 445 A new destination restaurant is coming to Evelyn’s Park in Bellaire. IMAGE: COURTESY EVELYN’S PARK CONSERVANCY TEAS NURSERY IN BELLAIRE sold its last rose bush and orange tree in 2010 after over a century in business. The news of its closure was met with considerable grief from both Bellaire and Houston residents, who worried that the sprawling, 5-acre site—situated smack in the middle of what has become one of the wealthiest enclaves in the nation—would be sacrificed on the altar of stucco mansions, its history as the first business in Bellaire reduced to rubble. They worried too about the fate of its so-called Little Yellow House, the beloved bungalow where Teas patriarch John Frederick Teas was born prior to spending his entire life planting trees across Houston. When Teas died in 2009, the nursery followed soon after, though it turns out that residents were worried for naught. Another longtime Bellaire family quickly stepped up to preserve the site for future generations, almost as quickly as the closure was announced in 2009: Maury “Bo” Rubenstein and Jerry Rubenstein purchased the property at 4400 Bellaire Boulevard with the intention of transforming it into a park in honor of their mother, Evelyn. Today, the vision Evelyn’s Park Conservancy has for the land—based partly on the Queens Botanical Gardens in New York—is nearing completion, with plansfor a butterfly garden, a grand lake and a great lawn, in addition to a restaurant housed in a rebuilt Little Yellow House.  




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