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  1. I believe Pappas Steakhouse on Westheimer occupies the former Strawberry Patch.
  2. Expansion = more capacity = more revenue/profits even at the same ticket prices. If there is demand, yet the park is at capacity and lines become long and crowds are too large it will turn people off.
  3. Las Alamedas is coming to La Centerra which should be a little more upscale with less kids. Stating the obvious but in burbs where there is still a lot of new development a lot of things are going to be family friendly. If anyone ever asks me about living in the Katy area I always tell them if you have kids it doesn’t get any better IMO, but if you are single or don’t have kids I would think long and hard about moving away from the attractions of the city….but that’s just me.
  4. Looks to open in the spring of 2010 in La Centerra. Formerly at I-10 and Voss HBJ article Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 12:43pm CDT Las Alamedas set for spring opening at LaCenterraHouston Business Journal - by Allison Wollam Reporter Las Alamedas Restaurant & Cantina will open its doors at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in spring 2010. Owner Jorge Sneider said he considered several locations when deciding to relocate the restaurant from its longtime home at 8165 Katy Freeway. He said the strong demographics in the area played a part in his decision to open the restaurant in the shopping center at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard and Grand Parkway in Katy. Las Alamedas was one of the first upscale Mexican restaurants in Houston, and was the site of many elaborate weddings. Sneider closed the 28-year-old restaurant in February while he was attempting to negotiate a new lease with the landowners. The new 7,654-square-foot location will serve the same traditional Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner and will continue to cater private events.
  5. Westheimer Parkway and Greenbusch - it is attached to the new Timewise Shell station.
  6. I'm not sure about both left turn entrances but the one closest to 99 is definately too close to the intersection.
  7. I'm so glad I don't live in your daily misery. What is slowing you down from moving? Do you need a realtor referral?
  8. The major builder was also Royce which when belly up so they also have some vacant homes just sitting there probably caught up on bank limbo. I hope for the best for the current residents, but you have to wonder with the vacancies, foreclosures, etc that the HOA has to be running pretty lean as their they probably have A LOT of overdue HOA fees without a stable ownership base. Without a strong, functioning HOA things can really start to deteriorate quickly as their is no enforcement of deed restrictions or maintenance of common areas. I've lived that before with my previous neighborhood.
  9. It is unbelievable to me how fast some of these restaurants and bars go out. Some of them seem to put so much planning and work into getting the build out, grand opening, etc done and then to seem so vanish so quickly. Are they just undercapitalized? Do they not budget enough "start-up time" where you may show losses until you build up your clientele while you avertise like crazy to get the word out? I'm not trying to be over critical, just trying to understand. I would like someone with some restaurant/bar experience or even some business brokers or real estate folks that have worked with restaraunts/bars to chime in with some observations. Is something like the Angel and Ox just not going to work in such an "family centric" place right in the middle of Cinco Ranch? Too bad they didn't make it as I didn't have a chance to try it but some of my buddies were talking about hooking up there some time for a guys night out.
  10. Yes, same place that Las Rosas moved to before it quickly went out. Prior to that is was a Latin/Puerto Rican place but I can't remember the name. The center is littered with mis-matched signage on the building you can't even tell what is there. Add to that the lack of ordinances or regulation by the landlord to keep all the tacky banners and signs placed by his tenants from in front of the center gives the place a crappy, low-end feel. Definately not where I would picture a mid to high level steak-house.
  11. It looks as though over the past few month the Allie's Steakhouse sign in the field between I-10 and Times Square has been "vandalized" a few times with paint and another time may have just toppled over. It is the trashiest, redneck looking sign I have seen with rough 2 x4 frame and hand-strung lighting it looks like it should be the marking the entrance to a junk-yard. Not what you really think would be appropriate for a decent steak-house. I would think the ownership would be embarassed to put something up like this.
  12. Took the family there Sunday evening around 7pm. Pretty busy and was about 20 minute wait for a table. They really need to iron out the kinks on service as it took a LONG time until anyone took our order once seated. When the food did come out after a wait that seemed longer than normal, the wings were not cooked as much as they should have been. They were not undercooked in that I was worried about eating "raw" chicken, but not nearly as crispy as every other experience at BWW all over town. We told our waiter and he acknowledged they were aware of the problem and they were addressing and even offered to bring over a manager - I declined since they knew of the issue and the kids were restless by this point. We may give it month or so to iron our the "newness" before we return and hit Stadia Sport Grill or Hooters if we need a wing fix.
  13. I will 2nd everything falconrock said. I'm going to try to round of a few other couples to head there Friday evening for dinner to help the cause. It's the kind of place the area needs that isn't the same old chain food. The food is great and very resonable and the beer is ICE COLD. The non-smoking is great also so you can bring the whole family - it really presents a a nice, family friendly atmosphere but there are tons of TV if you are there to watch sports. My oldest kid devoured his pasta while the other got a mini cheeseburger that came out in a basket so he felt like a "big kid". All around a great place.
  14. I saw this while looking at another tread on the Katy board discussing the former Heinze restaruant site discussing Paddy's that went out. Scroll down on this link to "Stadia Bar & Grill". It appears they are now delinquent with TABC and as of today (2/9/09) wholesellers can't make liquor deliveries. This isn't a good sign. I hope this is just a paperwork mixup or temporary issue. TABC Deliquent list
  15. Hit Mooyahs for dinner tonight with the wife and kids. Wife and I each had the "junior" which is the one patty burger and is big enough for us and split a medium order of fries. The fries are great and the burger is good (better than Johnny Rockets) but nothing to write home about. I hit In-N-Out buger about ever 6 weeks or so in Phoenix as I fly there for business and I don't see the comparison. The hand leafed lettuce seem top-notch at In-N-Out while I got a couple of clumps of barely green lettuce tonight. It did seem pretty busy for a Monday.
  16. Here is their website...The Solana. Looks really nice. I bet the Luby's next door get's going pretty quickly as it seems to be a favorite of senior citizens. The Solana at Cinco Ranch
  17. I was critical of Stadia Sport Grill when someone posted they were closed on New Years day so I must give credit when credit is due. Wife, 2 boys, and I went for dinner Friday night and had a great time. The place was pretty full and there were many TVs to catch all the sports action going on. Wife had the burger and I had wings and both were very good as we tried each others meal. The kids enjoyed their meal. It had a good family feel as many tables had kids along for dinner while there is a bar area which was filled with a crowd of mostly young folks. Its really nice to have non-smoking place to hang out and drink a beer and watch a game. Speaking of beer it was ICE COLD as well as the extra large mug it came it. We were really impressed and will be back. If you haven't been go check it out.
  18. I wonder if the Stadia Grill ownership is fully engaged and experienced at running such a sports bar. I've asked several of my freinds living within 2 miles of the place if the heard about it and they had no idea it was there as they rarely if ever travel by Villagio. Some folks don't even know what center I'm talking about. I am within 2 miles so I think I would be in their target market but have seen zero adversizing of specials, events, etc to let me or my neighbors know they are there. The only way I know they are there is from perusing these boards! Another poster's comments that they were shut down on New Years day (hello NCAA bowl games!!!) leads me to question if this place will go the way of others in the center.
  19. CandW nailed it. I drove through Villagio last Friday at lunchtime and the place is just dead. I really hope the developer can get their act together and promote this place and get the critical mass of retail tenant and office space filled so these places can make it. I don't see how these retailers and eateries can make it without a lunch crowd relying only on evening and weekend patrons. I'm no marketing genius but some kind of open house or festival with free food, drinks, a band, freebies or activity for the kids, etc if promoted and advertised properly will get people on site. I know for a fact that there are many people not even aware this developement exists and they live 3 miles away. These are middle to upper middle class people that don't mind spending money on eating out, drinks, etc.
  20. Braums is great - always try to hit one when visiting family in Amarillo for a burger and shake. Don't think we will see one here for a while as they like to stay closer to their headquarters near Oklahoma City. A good restaurant I've eaten out in AZ and CA is Claim Jumper. They have a little of everything and its all pretty good and HUGE portions. Not that we need another Mexican food restaurant, but a Chuys going in wouldn't hurt my feelings.
  21. Just to confirm, this will be a dentist office for Dr. Joel Nickles.
  22. Looks like Stadia Sports Grill will be coming to this spot in Villagio Stadia Sports Grill
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