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40 minutes ago, kbates2 said:

 

Disagree. I think that tourists at least would be much more interested in restaurants that aren't chains.  Suburbanites also are not very likely to venture downtown to try the downtown Chipotle as opposed to their neighborhood one.  We just need more restaurants that aren't closed after 3 pm altogether.

 

We need both - and we NEED more restaurants staying open!  It should not be a hunt for food on a Saturday

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What we need are more people downtown. Not just occasional tourist and convention visitors.

During the week we have 150,000 plus people eating lunch in the tunnels or ground floor restaurants and those do very well for lunch, but after 5:00 most hop in their cars and go home.

On Fridays they go home and don't come back until Monday for the most part.

To have a really successful restaurant that serves good fresh food for all of their meals, you need a fairly regular crowd.

If every restaurant downtown was to stay open every night they would probably average about maybe 5-10 covers a night. That will not keep a restaurant open very long or the quality of food would go down due to serving the same leftovers three nights in a row, or fish that wasn't sold over the weekend becomes the special of the brunch or Mondays lunch special.

When you can't rely on night time business and weekend diners its hard to work your inventory, and really hard to schedule staff because no one wants to stand around in a

half empty restaurant and walk with $35.00 tips after paying transportation and wasting the amount of time shifts consume.

Once we reach a level of downtown residential that sustains the restaurants more will open for dinner.

That leaves a curious situation for the tunnels because they won't be participating in this nighttime dining because of the hours of the tunnels and no plans to ever keep them open at night. I think the tunnels although handy for suburbanite who could care less about downtown and can't wait to get out of it every afternoon, it really has destroyed a social street life that is sorely missing in downtown although it does seem to be getting a little better.

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5 hours ago, kbates2 said:

 

Disagree. I think that tourists at least would be much more interested in restaurants that aren't chains.  Suburbanites also are not very likely to venture downtown to try the downtown Chipotle as opposed to their neighborhood one.  We just need more restaurants that aren't closed after 3 pm altogether.

I think it's a combo of both.

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When all around town to get some pics, tested my new lens today, I absolutely love it!

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Skybridge:

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On 4/14/2016 at 2:48 PM, bobruss said:

That leaves a curious situation for the tunnels because they won't be participating in this nighttime dining because of the hours of the tunnels and no plans to ever keep them open at night. I think the tunnels although handy for suburbanite who could care less about downtown and can't wait to get out of it every afternoon, it really has destroyed a social street life that is sorely missing in downtown although it does seem to be getting a little better.

 

Granted, I've yet to experience summer working downtown I've had maybe 1 day out of 20 where the weather sucks enough that I don't want to walk around outside.

 

Also, I overheard some ladies in the elevator one day, one of them lamented the fact that while Chase tower is isolated in the tunnels there are only 4 options for lunch and she is ready for more options again. her friend reminded her she could go outside, and her response was "oh yeah, I always forget I can do that"

 

I couldn't tell whether she was serious, or not. I hope she was just being really sarcastic to her friend, but probably not.

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On 5/2/2016 at 4:17 PM, samagon said:

 

Granted, I've yet to experience summer working downtown I've had maybe 1 day out of 20 where the weather sucks enough that I don't want to walk around outside.

 

Also, I overheard some ladies in the elevator one day, one of them lamented the fact that while Chase tower is isolated in the tunnels there are only 4 options for lunch and she is ready for more options again. her friend reminded her she could go outside, and her response was "oh yeah, I always forget I can do that"

 

I couldn't tell whether she was serious, or not. I hope she was just being really sarcastic to her friend, but probably not.

 

I'm guessing not. I work out on the west side, lots of isolated offices and strip centers in between. Walking back to work from lunch other day, I saw an suv pull out of the parking lot across the street, and drive right into the parking lot of the strip center. A distance 500 feet is being generous.

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On 5/6/2016 at 1:54 AM, Montrose1100 said:

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Yeah the blue to me is either insulation or a kind of waterproof membrane so it won't stay that way. they will put on top whatever cladding. per the renderings I'm guessing steel, but they could also easily put stone.

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It’s been a whirlwind of a year for chef Hugo Ortega and business partner/wife Tracy Vaught. The power couple launched newly minted H-Town Restaurant Group and opened their first restaurant across the southern border. The momentum continued as Ortega nabbed another James Beard Awards Best Chef nod for celebrated Hugo’s, while his better half earned her first nomination for Outstanding Restaurateur.

And the husband and wife team are just warming up.

On the heels of seven-time All Star Craig Biggio announcing his swanky sports bar set to open at Marriott Marquis, comes buzz of another high-profile joint venture. The posh downtown hotel is rumored to partner with Ortega and Vaught for a new restaurant. While there hasn’t been official word confirming the duo having a concept on the table, there are possible clues.

Here’s what we know so far:

  • Vaught established an entity for a company called Rosalina LLC last December.
  • Filed under Rosalina LLC is the business name Xochi.
  • There is also a registered domain for Xochi, tracing back to Vaught.

Something is certainly on the menu for the husband and wife team. Whether it’s Xochi, the rumored downtown restaurant under wraps, remains a mystery for now.

As downtown Houston shifts from a fast food chain haven, better and varied dining options continue to emerge. Local restaurateurs are embracing the city’s epicenter, creating a destination not only for entertainment but culinary adventures. Look no further than Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, JW Marriott’s Main Kitchen, Prohibition Supperclub & Bar and Conservatory, the recently opened underground beer garden and food hall as proof. Or Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd’s (Reef, Little Bigs and Jackson Street BBQ) forthcoming Italian joint ventures with Astros owner Jim Crane. Even chef Philippe Verpiand of Uptown Park’s Étoile has avested interest.

Whatever Ortega and Vaught have up their sleeves, they’ll be in good company.

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http://intheknowhouston.com/hugo-ortega-tracy-vaught-downtown-houston-restaurant/http://intheknowhouston.com/hugo-ortega-tracy-vaught-downtown-houston-restaurant/

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not a recent photo, but a good one, i promise

(ok actually it might not be that good either)

 

this was taken from discovery green (my favorite houston park) on december 5th at 5pm (i believe)

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I rode my bicycle through Disco Green today for the first time since the Pokemon Go was released and the Pokey Zombies were everywhere, I had to dodge them as they aren't really paying attention to anything but their phones. At least they are getting out and discovering their cities while getting a little exercise.

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http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/07-20-16-hugo-ortega-new-restaurant-downtown-houston-marriott-marquis/

 

The hotel has already announced it will be home to a sports bar affiliated with Houston Astros Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, but rumors have swirled for the past year that another restaurant in the hotel would be helmed by "a James Beard-nominated chef," as CultureMap's Marcy de Luna reported last year. 

 

Well, the deal appears to be done, and the hotel got its chef. Hugo Ortega and Tracy Vaught, the five time James Beard Award finalist and his wife/business partner known for acclaimed restaurants Hugo's, Caracol, and Backstreet Cafe, are making plans to open a restaurant in the hotel.

 

Rosalina, LLC, a company owned by Vaught, has signed an agreement with the Marquis to open a restaurant called Xochi, according to a UCC Financing Statement filed with Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart that was sent to CultureMap by a reader (New blog In the Know Houston first made theconnection between Vaught and Rosalina). So far, representatives for both Vaught and Ortega and the Marquis have declined CultureMap's request to comment on their plans.  

 

"This project/announcement is going to be a group effort, and all parties involved have come to an agreement on how/when to break the news as a group," publicist Paula Murphy writes in an email.

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^^^ that GIANT texas shaped LAZY RIVER is going to be the absolute essential for downtown houston!  once it's up and operable, it shall become a national media sensation.  OMG, this place is going to be incredible.  big, bold, and untold.....

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  • The title was changed to Marriott Marquis: New GRB Convention Center Hotel And Retail

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