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  1. Doesn't matter, @gene. You knew that post didn't belong. You only did it so people could see it in this forum, a post that had nothing to do with anything in this thread about GRB. Just stop doing stuff like that. And my day is superb, thank you.
  2. @gene you knew when you posted the Ramen Tatsu-ya post it wasn't related to GRB. If people don't see your post, then they don't see it. Don't force it by posting stuff that's not related to the topic of a thread. You already shared that news in the Montrose thread for Ramen Tatsu-ya. You could have also shared it in the dining forum not in George R Brown Convention remodel forum. Ugh.
  3. From Houston Business Journal: Rice Village's new Morningside Plaza development, which will bring more public space to the inner-Loop retail hub, is just the tip of the iceberg. A series of public improvements and new restaurant and nightlife tenants is on-deck for Rice Village, said Tommy Miller, managing director and chief investment officer of Fort Worth-based Trademark Property Co., which manages Rice Village. Between now and 2019, Trademark will invest more than $10 million into Rice Village's physical environment, he told the Houston Business Journal. The renovations to Morningside Plaza are a good example of what's to come. The plaza, which will feature seating, free Wi-Fi and four live oaks, will be built facing D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Nao Ramen Houston, and soon-to-open Hopdoddy Burger Bar. A new, wider sidewalk on Morningside Boulevard is also expected to be built near the project. As far as new tenants go, through, Miller said that the Trademark team is somewhat constrained until 2019 when certain tenants' leases are set to roll over. You said that Morningside Plaza could be a catalyst for future developments. Could you expand on that? Morningside has a long history of having food and beverage and nightlife – but no real public space associated with that street. … All these improvements are going to provide some real public space to Rice Village, which it is sorely needing. It’ll create a place for people to hang out and give them a reason to stay longer. Aside from Morningside Plaza, what other tenant-specific improvements are you planning for Rice Village? We have spent the last couple of years taking space that’s vacant, as well as clustering spaces that are vacant, to where we can attract groups of compatible tenants. We're re-merchandising Amhurst Street on Kirby Drive and Kelvin Drive where we have created blocks of space for new tenants. Shake Shack is going at the corner of Amhurst and Kirby, and that whole run of space between Amhurst and Kelvin has some open spaces. … We’ve been trying to create great spaces that would be attractive to new tenants.
  4. Maybe so
  5. From Houston Business Journal: Behind the deal: How a Vietnamese restaurant took over the old Foreign Correspondents space It took maybe three weeks for a turnkey restaurant space in the Heights to find a new tenant. The coveted spot, at 4721 N. Main St., was recently leased to Hughie's Tavern & Vietnamese Grille, a Vietnamese concept with its only other location northwest of downtown Houston. The space previously housed the former Treadsack Restaurant Group concept Foreign Correspondents before it shuttered in late December. Treadsack is not involved with the Hughie's concept. NewQuest represented Hughie's, and Zach Wolf of Braun Enterprises represented the landlord in the lease. The lease was described as "long-term," but terms were not disclosed, according to a release. What was it like to put together this deal? I’ve been having sleepless nights this whole month. I didn’t want to hurt our family’s money. How’d you hear about the space? It was all over social media, but I’d heard about some rumors before it went public. We’d been trying to look for a second location, but it had to be turnkey because we don’t have a ton of capital. What’s the space like? Perfect. It’s only a year old and everything’s up to date. There was some competition for the space. How’d you get the lease? The property’s owner, Braun Enterprise, believed in our concept and business plan. How would you describe the restaurant? It’s traditional Vietnamese and comfort American food restaurant. Our kale salad is one of our best sellers. Foreign Correspondents struggled in part because there wasn’t an audience for high-end Thai food in that neighborhood. Why do you think your affordable Vietnamese concept will be successful there? In the past 10 years, Vietnamese food has taken off. The flavor profile pairs well with craft beer. We don’t have chefs — we have aunts and uncles. They have great recipes that they’ve brought from Vietnam, and we picked the best. Are you looking to expand further? Yes, of course.
  6. Pictures of Kirby Grove, Levy Park, Avenue Grove from Houston Business Journal:
  7. This morning's article in Houston Business Journal about the decades-long back story behind Levy Park's $15M redevelopment. It's a paywall article but here's a timeline from the article: Levy Park land acquisition timeline: 1997: Levy Park Steering Committee is established to plan the park's improvements. 1998: Upper Kirby District Foundation acquires the properties at 3015 Richmond Avenue. 2002: Upper Kirby District Foundation acquires the properties at 2903 and 2929 Richmond Avenue. 2007: Upper Kirby District Foundation acquires 3100 Wakeforest Apartments, which sit on 2.825 acres of land. 2008: Upper Kirby District Foundation acquires 1.3 acres at 2903 and 2929 Richmond Avenue. 2008: Upper Kirby District Foundation acquires the land at 3015 Richmond Avenue. 2009: The apartments at 3100 Wakeforest are demolished. 2010: Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority acquires 0.3 acres at 3630 Wakeforest. 2012: Requests for proposals are issued to commercial developers for a mixed-use development for long-term ground leases. 2012: The 99-year ground lease with Midway Cos. is executed. 2013: The Office of James Burnett is hired to redesign Levy Park. 2015: Construction on Levy Park redevelopment begins. Houston-based Burton Construction was the general contractor. 2017: Levy Park's grand opening is planned for Feb. 25.
  8. Gossip Ultra Lounge is dead. Allen's Place opened at 114 Main Super Bowl weekend. Facebook
  9. Pictures of Ramen Tatsu-ya in Montrose at 1722 California:
  10. You always give us the best pictures @hindesky. We are not worthy
  11. This structure at 520 Westheimer is going to Paul Qui's restaurant. And its name could be A Qui posted above last year. Qui posted the rendering of the restaurant on Instagram this morning, according to CultureMap. Looks like Ramen Tatsu-ya isn't the only famous Austin name making its way to Houston. Paul Qui, the Top Chef and James Beard award winner behind East Side King and the recently opened Kuneho, posted a photo to Instagram Sunday morning that appears to match a building being constructed at 520 Westheimer. Speculation that Qui would be connected to the space dates back to at least last March, when Swamplot posted the same rendering and noted that design firm A Parallel Architecture also designed Qui's namesake restaurant that closed last year and reopened as Kuneho. A Houston Business Journal article about the property only identified it as "a luxe Asian restaurant," but did not connect it to Qui. The new restaurant will be located next to the popular Indian resturant Indika and near such noted restaurants at Uchi, Underbelly and Dolce Vita. Until Sunday, Qui had not commented publicly on whether he had plans for Houston, but that seems to have changed with the Instagram post. CultureMap has contacted his representatives for more information, and we will update this article when they respond. According to a restaurant industry who has spoken to Qui, the restaurant will be called either A Qui or possibly Aqui. Equally unknown is what kind of food it will serve: whether it's the same mix of cuisines as Kuneho, which offers sushi along with dishes that contain Thai, Filipino, and Korean influences, or will move in another direction.
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  13. From Downtown Houston's Instagram today:
  14. Hughies is expanding in The Heights. Houston Press is reporting the owners signed a lease for 4721 N Main, Suite A. Foreign Correspondents and Canard will finish moving items out within the next 15 days.