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but i believe they're moving from 1000 Main, which is just one block away.

I'm a Reliant employee at 1000 Main, and I'm one of the folks who will be making the move. A couple of months ago, the *original* Reliant Energy sold its retail operation to NRG, and the brand name was part of the deal. So the original Reliant Energy has now changed its name to RRI Energy, and they are staying in 1000 Main. The *new* Reliant Energy (now part of NRG) is currently subleasing space in 1000 Main, but needs to GTFO eventually.

It's a win for Houston Pavilions, because while 1000 Main may only be a block or so away, it's a loong surface block, particularly in a heat wave. And I think I can speak for most 1000 Main dwellers when I say we currently get most of our lunches from the tunnel system.

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I'm a Reliant employee at 1000 Main, and I'm one of the folks who will be making the move. A couple of months ago, the *original* Reliant Energy sold its retail operation to NRG, and the brand name was part of the deal. So the original Reliant Energy has now changed its name to RRI Energy, and they are staying in 1000 Main. The *new* Reliant Energy (now part of NRG) is currently subleasing space in 1000 Main, but needs to GTFO eventually.

It's a win for Houston Pavilions, because while 1000 Main may only be a block or so away, it's a loong surface block, particularly in a heat wave. And I think I can speak for most 1000 Main dwellers when I say we currently get most of our lunches from the tunnel system.

thank you! not to mention that HP is 3 blocks long(excluding garage), so it can be up to 4 blocks away...

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thank you! not to mention that HP is 3 blocks long(excluding garage), so it can be up to 4 blocks away...

nice point.

glad to be proven wrong

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thank you! not to mention that HP is 3 blocks long(excluding garage), so it can be up to 4 blocks away...

OMG! 4 blocks! That could be 1000 feet!

Maybe one of these would help...

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OMG! 4 blocks! That could be 1000 feet!

Maybe one of these would help...

When it is 100 + outside people, including myself, don't won't to walk outside and come back to work smelling like that lady in the picture..... The people eating in the tunnels are walking the same 1000'/distance if they were on street level

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When it is 100 + outside people, including myself, don't won't to walk outside and come back to work smelling like that lady in the picture..... The people eating in the tunnels are walking the same 1000'/distance if they were on street level

Don't worry, E. While you'll never convince a guy like me, who used to walk as much as 10 blocks across downtown in a suit to the various courthouses no matter the weather, there are plenty of people in Houston who think sweating is a disease. I'm probably the only person on the forum who thinks complaining about walking a 250 foot block is the sign of a pansy. Remember, I was the one that went 2 1/2 weeks after Ike without AC...and didn't complain. So, I am kind of a weirdo, a Houstonian who will walk outside. :)

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Don't worry, E. While you'll never convince a guy like me, who used to walk as much as 10 blocks across downtown in a suit to the various courthouses no matter the weather, there are plenty of people in Houston who think sweating is a disease. I'm probably the only person on the forum who thinks complaining about walking a 250 foot block is the sign of a pansy. Remember, I was the one that went 2 1/2 weeks after Ike without AC...and didn't complain. So, I am kind of a weirdo, a Houstonian who will walk outside. :)

Nope, you're not the only one on the forum RedScare. I agree that complaining/whining about walking 250 feet is the sign of a pansy/chronic whiner.

But for those who are too horrified of the surface to be able to handle the ENTIRE CITY BLOCK from 1000 Main to HP, they could ride the air conditioned elevators down to the tunnel level, cross over in air conditioned tunnels to Macy's, ride up the escalator in air conditioned comfort and then just cut across the corner to HP. Very few calories required.

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I perspire easily but I still don't mind walking 2 or 3 blocks at lunch time. The only thing that discourages me from walking is when my breathing is out of whack.

But different strokes...

In any case, having a larger pool of potential customers even closer is a win for all parties.

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Bottom line is, its great that retail space is being taken by office use because it looks like this is the best-case scenario...

I personally could walk plenty of blocks, but Houston never was a walking-oriented city or pedestrian-oriented....so this should come to no surprise, and thank you for the hyperbole.....

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Went to Pete's Piano Bar last night... excellent stuff. Place was packed, good crowd, and the performers were very entertaining... I'm getting real excited about the other stuff opening up in the Pavilions this month. The place is starting to get a lot more foot traffic which is great to see downtown.

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Interesting article in today's Chron

Chron

2006

Jan. 25

Houston Pavilions project is announced.

2007

Feb. 14

Groundbreaking.

2008

Oct. 11

House of Blues opens.

Oct. 16

Grand opening, which includes Books-A-Million and Forever 21.

2009

June 30

NRG/Reliant take 10 floors of Pavilions Tower.

Fall

Lucky Strike, III Forks and other restaurants and clubs scheduled to open.

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It's a win for Houston Pavilions, because while 1000 Main may only be a block or so away, it's a loong surface block, particularly in a heat wave. And I think I can speak for most 1000 Main dwellers when I say we currently get most of our lunches from the tunnel system.

This is too funny. LOL!!

People talk a big game about Texas heat, but they're wimps at heart. Air-conditioned baseball and football. I'm surprised they haven't invented and marketed a special Texas edition of an enclosed, air-conditioned lawn mower.

And one wonders why it's fat capital of the world.

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Brian Distefano, marketing manager of the 43,000- square-foot House of Blues, which opened in October, said the Pavilions location has had the most financially successful launch in the 13-unit company's history.

Wow... that's pretty impressive considering some of the other locations they have. :)

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From Houston Business Journal...

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Qatar Airways to open Houston office July 27th at Houston Pavilions

Qatar Airways is opening an office in Houston to complement the airline’s flights between the Bayou City and Doha that started in late March.

The office, located downtown in the Houston Pavilions, will officially open on July 27.

“We made the decision to strategically locate our office in the central business district of Houston to make it easy for business and leisure passengers to make their travel arrangements,” Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways, said in a statement. “Our offices will be staffed by trained, dedicated and courteous professionals who are prepared to help with any travel request.

“We want the on-the-ground customer service experience to be as remarkable as our award-winning in-flight experience. That means there is no detail that is beneath or beyond our attention.”

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From Houston Business Journal...

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Qatar Airways to open Houston office July 27th at Houston Pavilions

Qatar Airways is opening an office in Houston to complement the airline’s flights between the Bayou City and Doha that started in late March.

The office, located downtown in the Houston Pavilions, will officially open on July 27.

“We made the decision to strategically locate our office in the central business district of Houston to make it easy for business and leisure passengers to make their travel arrangements,” Akbar Al Baker, chief executive officer of Qatar Airways, said in a statement. “Our offices will be staffed by trained, dedicated and courteous professionals who are prepared to help with any travel request.

“We want the on-the-ground customer service experience to be as remarkable as our award-winning in-flight experience. That means there is no detail that is beneath or beyond our attention.”

Can someone explain why they have an actual office? Is there a reason for me to book through this office versus making reservations online at their website?

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Can someone explain why they have an actual office? Is there a reason for me to book through this office versus making reservations online at their website?

Given that it is a foreign based carrier, perhaps it would be easier for their clientele to speak to someone who can communicate in their native language. That and since there is plenty of petroleum in and around Qatar and there are hundreds of oil-related companies in and around downtown Houston, perhaps they want to be situated near their biggest customer base - oil companies?

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Given that it is a foreign based carrier, perhaps it would be easier for their clientele to speak to someone who can communicate in their native language. That and since there is plenty of petroleum in and around Qatar and there are hundreds of oil-related companies in and around downtown Houston, perhaps they want to be situated near their biggest customer base - oil companies?

We have lots of ancillary operations in Doha and the Middle East... and not always in oil.

http://www.qatar.tamu.edu/

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Brian Distefano, marketing manager of the 43,000- square-foot House of Blues, which opened in October, said the Pavilions location has had the most financially successful launch in the 13-unit company's history.

Wow... that's pretty impressive considering some of the other locations they have. smile.gif

Don't look now, but this thread is at risk of becoming complementary and optimistic toward HP. Stop it right now. We didn't have 237 pages of negativity in order to thow it all away because the office space got leased, House of Blues is booming, and Lucky Strike is actually going to open. Somebody throw in a downer of a post! Don't you know that "Lidz" didn't make it!!!!

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Don't look now, but this thread is at risk of becoming complementary and optimistic toward HP. Stop it right now. We didn't have 237 pages of negativity in order to thow it all away because the office space got leased, House of Blues is booming, and Lucky Strike is actually going to open. Somebody throw in a downer of a post! Don't you know that "Lidz" didn't make it!!!!

LOL Good post!

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Don't look now, but this thread is at risk of becoming complementary and optimistic toward HP. Stop it right now. We didn't have 237 pages of negativity in order to thow it all away because the office space got leased, House of Blues is booming, and Lucky Strike is actually going to open. Somebody throw in a downer of a post! Don't you know that "Lidz" didn't make it!!!!

I hear Metro is going to open up a souvenir shop at HP. That will be nice...(can't wait to get my very own Metro bus key chain that dispenses Mace)

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I hear Metro is going to open up a souvenir shop at HP. That will be nice...(can't wait to get my very own Metro bus key chain that dispenses Mace)

I do hope they will sell a Metro Bus Stop Action Playset. Complete with a homeless bum, litter, and stain/urine/vomit appliques. Metro police, ambulance, and innocent bystanders sold separately.

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I do hope they will sell a Metro Bus Stop Action Playset. Complete with a homeless bum, litter, and stain/urine/vomit appliques. Metro police, ambulance, and innocent bystanders sold separately.

"No defecating in the bushes" sign sold separately?

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Has anyone been to Pete's Dueling Piano bar yet? If so, how's business?

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Has anyone been to Pete's Dueling Piano bar yet? If so, how's business?

I'm taking one of my girlfriends there after the Ottmar Liebert concert on the 8th. I'm sure she'll love it. :)

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I hear Metro is going to open up a souvenir shop at HP. That will be nice...(can't wait to get my very own Metro bus key chain that dispenses Mace)

Ooh ooh a RideStore that actually stays open past 5:30pm!!! That would be a real asset to downtown.

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I'm taking one of my girlfriends there after the Ottmar Liebert concert on the 8th. I'm sure she'll love it. :)

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I went to the three House of Blues venues to see some bands during the Houston Press Music Awards Showcase and peeked in the Lucky Strike windows...they seem to have a hella long way to go.

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I'm taking one of my girlfriends there after the Ottmar Liebert concert on the 8th. I'm sure she'll love it. :)

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Uh... ?

Anyway. The bartender at the HOB says that they are still working out their kinks. We'll see.

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Uh... ?

Anyway. The bartender at the HOB says that they are still working out their kinks. We'll see.

Went by Lucky Strikes today and it they had a light crew there working on the place. it does seem like it has away to go, but they are making progress....They painted the outside, you can see the bar and lounge coming together, and they've made some progress on the lanes.

If and when this thing opens it will be packed.

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Went by Lucky Strikes today and it they had a light crew there working on the place. it does seem like it has away to go, but they are making progress....They painted the outside, you can see the bar and lounge coming together, and they've made some progress on the lanes.

If and when this thing opens it will be packed.

Went the the Ottmar Leibert concert Saturday. It was a nice event and the venue itself was very not bad. Someone had taken our seats so the usher had to kindly remove the imposters. He played Barcelona Nights 3 times and it was awesome.

Afterward, we went to Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. It was different as I'd never been to a piano bar before. Very entertaining to say the least. I'm sure when she's able to get away again we'll go back.

All in all I give the place 2 thumbs up.

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Went the the Ottmar Leibert concert Saturday. It was a nice event and the venue itself was very not bad. Someone had taken our seats so the usher had to kindly remove the imposters. He played Barcelona Nights 3 times and it was awesome.

Afterward, we went to Pete's Dueling Piano Bar. It was different as I'd never been to a piano bar before. Very entertaining to say the least. I'm sure when she's able to get away again we'll go back.

All in all I give the place 2 thumbs up.

It might be premature, but I am starting to think that you can consider HP a success, you have some successful venues coming together and the major components are pretty nice. Forever 21, HOB, Pete's Dueling Piano and when they get Lucky Strike it will be another successful venue. In addition, they have fully leased out the office space to a Fortune 500 corporation.

It does have its faults but in comparison to BLVD and some of the other Mixed Use Developments that either didn't come to fruition or are faultering, this one seems to be off of life support and is making a full recovery.

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It might be premature, but I am starting to think that you can consider HP a success, you have some successful venues coming together and the major components are pretty nice. Forever 21, HOB, Pete's Dueling Piano and when they get Lucky Strike it will be another successful venue. In addition, they have fully leased out the office space to a Fortune 500 corporation.

It does have its faults but in comparison to BLVD and some of the other Mixed Use Developments that either didn't come to fruition or are faultering, this one seems to be off of life support and is making a full recovery.

Dont hold your breath. Only time will tell. I sure hope it does well though.

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Dont hold your breath. Only time will tell. I sure hope it does well though.

In the anecdotal evidence department, I was invited to a Birthday dinner at Guadalajara on Saturday. Keep in mind that this is for a bunch or current and former (moved to the burbs) inner loopers. I'm not sure who came up with this place or how, but it struck me as interesting that a Pavillion restaurant got tabbed over any numbber of the other usual Inner Loop haunts. I hope this is a sign that this place will actually draw people who live 10-15 minutes away from downtown instead of just staying in Montrose, Heights, etc. The difficulty with downtown restaurants has always been that to attract close-in residents,as those residents had to drive past half a dozen great places to get to the downtown spot.

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What? She likes Ottmar Liebert. :huh:

Yeah, I was at that show with my friend. Opened a tab and had 3 Shiner Bock cans at 7 dollars a pop. I expect to get hosed buying alcohol at a concert but come on House of Blues, really?? My poor friend had six, hahahaha

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In the anecdotal evidence department, I was invited to a Birthday dinner at Guadalajara on Saturday. Keep in mind that this is for a bunch or current and former (moved to the burbs) inner loopers. I'm not sure who came up with this place or how, but it struck me as interesting that a Pavillion restaurant got tabbed over any numbber of the other usual Inner Loop haunts. I hope this is a sign that this place will actually draw people who live 10-15 minutes away from downtown instead of just staying in Montrose, Heights, etc. The difficulty with downtown restaurants has always been that to attract close-in residents,as those residents had to drive past half a dozen great places to get to the downtown spot.

Perhaps more important than the location of this place would be the food. What did you order? How was the food?

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Yeah, I was at that show with my friend. Opened a tab and had 3 Shiner Bock cans at 7 dollars a pop. I expect to get hosed buying alcohol at a concert but come on House of Blues, really?? My poor friend had six, hahahaha

Is that alot? My girlfriend and I had a few vodka tonics. Blah. I guess I've grown accustomed to paying more for drinks at concerts, bars, plays, or sporting events.

Your friend must have had an awesome time!

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Went by Lucky Strike bowling alley and it is probably 75% complete....It looks great. They have most of the lanes in and the pins have been delivered. Mark my words, this place is going to be huge and will have a very high demand to get in and bowl. They do not have a great deal of lanes, and I bet this is going to be the place to see and be seen.

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Went by Lucky Strike bowling alley and it is probably 75% complete....It looks great. They have most of the lanes in and the pins have been delivered. Mark my words, this place is going to be huge and will have a very high demand to get in and bowl. They do not have a great deal of lanes, and I bet this is going to be the place to see and be seen.

That's great! They (lucky strike) usually don't have a lot of lanes compared to normal bowling alleys... so I think that's normal for them... can't wait to go something fun and different to do in the city!

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The difficulty with downtown restaurants has always been that to attract close-in residents,as those residents had to drive past half a dozen great places to get to the downtown spot.

Maybe the new rail might help with that?

What can also help is having more stuff to see and do downtown besides the restaurant, so as to be able to make it a complete outing than just a meal. Discovery Green is definitely a step in the right direction, as would be the longterm success of HP as a whole. It's still looking pretty dead, but let's see what Lucky Strike's opening does.

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I think a mix is needed, the one mistake I believe the designers of HP made is by not mixing up the anchors to force people to walk through all four blocks. They should have paired HOB with Forever 21 and Lucky Strike with Books A Million. The synergy of the audiences would have played well with that pairing. Instead, what you have is people looking for entertainment will stay at the far end of HP and the people that are looking to shop will be 3 blocks away.

Mix Use means exactly that.

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Went by Lucky Strikes today and it they had a light crew there working on the place. it does seem like it has away to go, but they are making progress....They painted the outside, you can see the bar and lounge coming together, and they've made some progress on the lanes.

If and when this thing opens it will be packed.

Lucky Strike's official opening date is October 8th.

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