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Hudson Lounge in Rice Village

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I came across this article on Cultremap. http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/12-29-10-hudson-lounge-caught-in-social-media-crossfire-tuesday-night-patrons-complain-they-were-kicked-out/

Seems like this place is getting a bad rap in less than 2 months of being open. The reviews have been so bad that they even shutdown their own facebook page. Have any of you all been? What was your experience?

Reviews: http://www.yelp.com/biz/hudson-lounge-houston

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Interesting. Website says they close at 2. They say that's not true and they actually close around 12...but that because they were so many people they did last call at 11. This explanation really strains credulity, because come on, clubs barely even get started around 9 PM typically. Furthermore, the allegations of a racist door policy on the Yelp reviews precede this party they shut down. Where there's smoke there is probably fire.

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Here is what I think happened. The owner saw his club filled with black people and that is not the vision he had for his club. He figured that when the white people he intended to attract would be turned off by so many black people and it would become known as a black hangout.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrWd47-TXU8

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Here is what I think happened. The owner saw his club filled with black people and that is not the vision he had for his club. He figured that when the white people he intended to attract would be turned off by so many black people and it would become known as a black hangout.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=VrWd47-TXU8

I don't know. That video didn't really show much.... A similar thing happened to Union a while back (discussed on here), in which some people turned away at the door claimed the club was anti-gay (it wasn't), when in fact the place was just overcrowded. That said, in the video it doesn't really look all that crowded to me, so I'm not sure I buy the "we weren't staffed for 150 people" argument. If anyone actually knows when they've been closing on Tuesdays (not just what was on the website), that would be interesting to know

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In the comments of the CultureMap story, an organizer of the party says he had spoken with them several times to organize this party, and that when the place was shut down, they were told by the manager that the owner (Adam) had come in and didn't like the crowd, so he ordered the shutdown. It would be nice to hear their side of the story, but they've shut down their Facebook page, and there is no statement about the incident on their website. The statement strains credulity.

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I had a group of cousins who were planning to attend the Hudson Lounge for a friend's birthday get together on Tuesday night. Some of them had been before and found it to be a nice, calm, laid back place and wanted to go back. They arrived around 10pm to find everything being shut down, and as kylejack said, most clubs and lounges are just getting started at that time.

Oh well, that's too bad for the Hudson Lounge. There's plenty of other lounges in town that will welcome those dollars. I wonder if the Hudson would do the same thing if their place was being frequented by the Washington Ave. "db" crowd?

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They not only closed early, but called HPD to disperse the crowd. Jeez, talk about over-reaction. A place that both appears racist and at the same time has grand pretensions of being "upscale". Why would anyone want to go to a place like that?

Supposedly the lounge posted an apology on their Facebook page but I can't pull it up.

This is from their website:

Hudson Lounge is an understated urban oasis in the heart of Houston. Serene, sophisticated, and subtly swank, we welcome you to relax on our beautiful patios, sidle up to our sleek marble bars, or groove to the beats of our carefully curated sounds while you sip cocktails or enjoy one of our delicious small dishes.

:wacko:

Excuse me while I go and barf.

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A lot is coming out about the owner. Apparently he has some DWI and some arrests for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in his past.

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No way to know if the owner is who they think he is, but bottom line he made an executive decision to close the place using the cops. If he was indeed trying to cherry-pick patrons, then his business, like any business that is more concerned with attracting a specific bling instead of attracting a constant cha-ching will suffer eventually.

On the other hand, they say that there is no such thing as bad publicity. Look how many now know about this place.

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The owner's explanation on the clip doesn't quite ring true. How often do you hear of bars calling the cops and closing because they are too crowded? :blink: Most places would love to have that problem.

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Yeah, seriously. Who kicks out hundreds of paying customers when they could just call extra staff in to work? Industry folk would love a busy 3 hour shift.

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