Justin Yu and Bobby Heugel’s new project is for a Galveston hotel
By announcing that he was closing downtown Houston bar The Pastry War, Bobby heugel said he and the award winning chef Justin yu, who is a co-owner of Squable and Better Luck Tomorrow in the Heights, “has a big project slated for 2022 that will require considerable focus. This project is now revealed. The duo oversee the food and beverage programs for Lucine Hotel, which is slated to open in Galveston next summer, and are also partners in the global operation.
Located at 1002 Seawall Boulevard, the Lucine Hotel is taking over and renovating a building that was Treasure Isle Motel in the 1960s and more recently Pearl Inn. It is the oldest surviving mid-century motel on the island; one of many that arose around this time to serve Americans happy to travel on the road. According to a press release, the design concept is “a vibrant, people-centered atmosphere that fosters coming together and shared experiences.” Some of the areas aiding all this socializing are a pool, patio, and The Den – a versatile area where guests can have their morning coffee, light lunch, or evening cocktail. There will also be a rooftop bar with stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding Galveston.
based in Austin Karting wheel studio, founded by David clark, oversees the design of the hotel’s remodel, and materials used include “white brick, bleached white oak, and native greenery.” Interior design elements include aged bronze, antique mirrors, and fluted glass
The owners of the hotel are David Jacoby, a Galveston-based hotel development and finance professional who is also Chairman of the Board of the Galveston Historical Foundation; Robert marcus, a professional in the operation, development and finance of real estate and hotels; and native of Galveston Keath jacoby, a Marketing and Branding Officer who also recently worked with Vision Galveston. Heugel, Yu, entrepreneur in marketing, branding and promotions Shawn ullman and experienced financial leader and entrepreneur Jeffrey Solomon are considered “strategic partners”. Preacher, another Austin company, creates the brand identity.
“Our vision of the Hotel Lucine is an alluring destination for visitors and locals alike, a place that feels refined and modern but still accessible and full of heart and soul like a good house party,” said Jacoby via a press release. “We hope to make it a haven for culture, fun and culinary delights and cocktails that you won’t want to leave,” added Marcus.
Because Heugel and Yu are still conceptualizing the various programs, no specific information is available at this time on the type of food and drink that will be available. In addition, there is another big project on their common plate: to open a second Better Luck Tomorrow. No matter where Yu and Heugel’s imagination takes them, whatever they decide to put on Hotel Lucine’s menus is bound to be interesting.