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Stopped by Vinter Center this past Friday, Mia Bella was pretty crowded. Peli Peli looks great and is scheduled to open 4/13/09. They are having happy hour all this week as a training process, I believe. Looking forward to trying the food.

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The first suburban El Tiempo Cantina restaurant is coming to Vintage Park, opening in March.

They seem to really be expanding. I saw on a new development list on the College Station website that said one is going to built there. Pretty damn good tacos.

Objectively the best tacos in Texas*

Does anyone know how their first Movie in the Park night went? They're planning on doing this once a month, and hopefully it will encourage more activity at this property.

I know the car show last month was a mad house! The few businesses that were open at the time really cleaned up that day!

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Peli Peli looks great and is scheduled to open 4/13/09. They are having happy hour all this week as a training process, I believe. Looking forward to trying the food.

Peli Peli - You'd think for a restaurant opening in a matter of days the guy could put together a little more informative website... There's nothing on it except for the logo and it's been that way for probably a year.

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Peli Peli - You'd think for a restaurant opening in a matter of days the guy could put together a little more informative website... There's nothing on it except for the logo and it's been that way for probably a year.

Yeah, the website doesn't have any information yet. When I stopped by for happy hour, I picked up a togo menu and spoke to one of the owners and found them on facebook. Some information here:

PELI PELI TO INTRODUCE A NEW DINING EXPERIENCE IN HOUSTON

April 8, 2009 - Peli Peli, the much-anticipated & innovative restaurant concept offering its "Flame Pepper Fusion" cuisine, will officially open its doors on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 11:00am.

Peli Peli is a new, upscale casual restaurant located at the Vintage Park shopping center in North Houston (Hwy 249 & Louetta). Guests are invited to dine under Peli Peli's 30-foot tall, one-of-a-kind Acacia Tree and illuminated sky while enjoying live jazz, avant-garde architecture, a spacious dining area, a Sunday brunch, full bar & lounge, an intimate private dining room and an outdoor patio facing the Piazza.

Peli Peli's menu will feature its signature Flame Pepper Chicken which is marinated in guava, grilled over Applewood smoke and served with a variety of dipping sauces ranging from sweet to spicy. In addition to a mix of traditional American and European favorites, Peli Peli's menu includes exotic fare inspired by Chef Paul Friedman's experiences in South Africa, Europe and the United States.

Peli Peli is Chef Paul Friedman's dream concept and presents a fresh, new dining experience by combining his signature Flame Pepper chicken recipe, as well as a menu made up of family recipes and personal favorites gleaned from his experiences around the world, with a line of unique dipping sauces that include sweet specials such as Passion Fruit and Mango, original favorites such as Citrus Lemon Butter and Red Wine BBQ, and of course, signature hot sauces such as the Spicy Peli Peli.

In addition to this amazing blend of innovative cuisine, guests entering Peli Peli will embark on a journey that will capture their heart, soul and belly and discover an extraordinary atmosphere of live music, extravagant design and attentive staff.

For more information about Peli Peli, a personal tour of Peli Peli or to make a reservation for lunch or dinner, please contact Thomas P. Nguyen at 832-259-2448 or visit www.pelipeli.com.

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New rumored tenant is Wacky Mongolian Grill. Interesting.

Maybe we can just fill the whole place with restaurants. :D

Saw that yesterday when I was picking up an organic tri-pepper pizza at Pizza Fusion (very good btw).

I like most of the new restaurants in the Vintage. They're all a bit 'out of the ordinary' so I'm cool with it.

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New rumored tenant is Wacky Mongolian Grill. Interesting.

"Wacky" and "Mongolian Grill" are not necessarily two things I would have put together.

I wonder what will be wacky about it? Will they pelt you in the face with rice when you enter the front door? Perhaps they will give you a free meal if you can catch a frozen shrimp in your mouth thrown 20 feet away from the cooking pit? Or maybe it will be a like a "Dick's last resort" Mongolian style? Perhaps Wacky was supposed to be Tasty and was lost in the translation or something?

Regardless, this "wacky mongolian grill" concept has me curious anyway...

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I visited Vintage Park for the first time last night. Being one of the people on here who thought the style of architecture would not go with the geography when they announced plans for construction, I was actually impressed. It does work after all, given the overall planning of the Vintage district. The ambiance of walking through it was far more pleasant than I had imagined it would be based on all the times I've driven down Louetta and looked at the facade of Vintage Park during the day. I was expecting it to be just a bunch of upscale chain retail, but I was surprised to find a mix of some neat restaurants and professional offices. It was very clean, pleasant, and somewhat romantic; nothing highly original, but for this area, it's a change of pace, and that's always good. It felt like The Woodlands Market Street meets Rice Village. The whole Vintage District feels a lot like the Woodlands with the cleanliness, newness, modern upscale look, and all the trees along Vintage Preserve (the road that runs from 249, through Vintage Park, to Cutten Rd.) They did a great job with the parking layout. There are plenty of parking spaces, and the grid design makes it easy to get in and out.

Anyways, I ate at Shogun Sushi, and I had a good overall impression. The prices weren't too bad, the food was decent, the service was great, and the atmosphere enjoyable. The place inside was very large with high ceiling and an open, spacious feel. The decor was nice too. The place definitely gets this northwest resident's recommendation. Does anyone know if this is a small chain or independent? Are there others in Houston?

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There's a whole district?

I'm not sure if you'd really call it that. I just used that word so everyone would know I was talking about the entire area known as The Vintage and not just Vintage Park. It's basically everything from the Cypress Creek up to Louetta north and south, and 249 to just beyond Cutten east and west.

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I'm not sure if you'd really call it that. I just used that word so everyone would know I was talking about the entire area known as The Vintage and not just Vintage Park. It's basically everything from the Cypress Creek up to Louetta north and south, and 249 to just beyond Cutten east and west.

Ah, ok. So has it been called The Vintage a long time or is something recently new that a developer made up? I mean, would someone say they lived in The Vintage?

Thanks

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The place definitely gets this northwest resident's recommendation. Does anyone know if this is a small chain or independent? Are there others in Houston?

There are tons of Shoguns. There are at least 2 in the area other than at Vintage. There's one near the movie theater in Cypress (290 and Spring-Cypress) and there's one near Klein that has been there for a while.

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Ah, ok. So has it been called The Vintage a long time or is something recently new that a developer made up? I mean, would someone say they lived in The Vintage?

Thanks

It's a new development on the land that was once owned by HP across 249. It just became known as the Vintage about 1-2 years ago. I'm sure the developer just gave it that name. I think only a few people technically live in the Vintage, and that would be those who live in the Vintage di Vita along Vintage Preserve. The rest of it is medical buildings and commercial. I'm sure there is a whole lot more planned for the area, because there is still a lot of land that looks like it's getting set to be developed for something.

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I'm sure there is a whole lot more planned for the area, because there is still a lot of land that looks like it's getting set to be developed for something.

Yes, like the Vintage Car Wash (seriously :huh: ), going in across from the Vintage Royale neighborhood.

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Yes, like the Vintage Car Wash (seriously :huh: ), going in across from the Vintage Royale neighborhood.

Is it going to be like a Mr. Detail? I know there are lots of car washes everywhere in northwest Houston, but other than the HEB, I can't think of any others in that specific area.

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Is it going to be like a Mr. Detail? I know there are lots of car washes everywhere in northwest Houston, but other than the HEB, I can't think of any others in that specific area.

I can't quite tell how elaborate it will be (full detail or self-service). The slab/parking area looks fairly large, but it may just be a cheapo, get-out-and-spray-it-off kind of place.

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I can't quite tell how elaborate it will be (full detail or self-service). The slab/parking area looks fairly large, but it may just be a cheapo, get-out-and-spray-it-off kind of place.

By the looks of the foundation, it looks like a full-service wash/detail.

There's a Bubble's further up Louetta a few miles away near Klein HS.

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By the looks of the foundation, it looks like a full-service wash/detail.

There's a Bubble's further up Louetta a few miles away near Klein HS.

I hope it is full-service. The Bubbles is simply an Express location, and though convenient, it would be nice to have someone clean the inside too.

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not sure if this was reported:

HOUSTON, Tex. -- The Harris County Commission has designated an 81.80 acre parcel of land to be part of a 148 nature park beside of the Vintage Park mixed use development. The land was donated by the developers of the under construction new master planned project.

There is a 40 acre lake that is situated on the 81.80 acre parcel. This new park is part of the Cypress Creek Greenway trail system which is a 50 mile regional trail system along Cypress Creek.

http://www.crer.biz/pages/news/NewsPageReg...e=6&Page=24

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Gotta say that the Fish City Grill was MUCH better the second time we went. When it first opened, it seemed a little pricey for what we got. But last night we were much more impressed.

I hope that they permanently add some fish (particularly Mahi and Salmon) dishes to their menu. We still prefer Rockfish, but Fish City is closer and the improvements were a good sign.

Pizza Fusion was very good too. We were not sure what to expect but we gobbled up the Sausage/Tricolor Pepper pizza like there was no tomorrow-it was that good.

And Peli Peli is still da bomb. Their carrot ginger soup is INCREDIBLE!!!

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I shop at that HEB, and get my hair done at the Alan Murphy Salon. The only things that are open in that center are a bunch of restaurants, a toy store, the hair salon and a couple of shops I don't go to due to lack of interest.

It's really sad, this is a nice development but it's deserted. Even the Westin is a ghost hotel. The townhomes built in association with it are at a standstill. On the other hand, getting to/from the HEB is easy-peasy if you go the back way in because no one else is on those roads!

Nice to see the nature reserve going in

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Saw a new restaurant added to the Vintage Park website, Strata..

Strata Restaurant and Bar is an upscale casual concept serving contemporary American cuisine without the fine dining prices. Scheduled to open in early November, Strata brings the culinary artistry of Chef John Ly and his team to the Vintage Park Shopping Center. Featuring an extensive and affordable wine list and high quality ingredients, Strata pleases the pallet as well as the pocketbook. Intimate seating and two private dining rooms provide guests with a memorable dining experience for special occasions or just a great meal with friends and family. A spacious patio area and lively bar makes Strata a perfect spot to enjoy Happy Hour or Sunday brunch.

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Is this place ever going to open? It's been "scheduled" to open several months in a row now. When I've been in Vintage Park recently, it doesn't even look like anyone is working on the place and there's very little info on their websites other than they are opening soon (which it has said forever).

If they are this well managed, I wonder if they will last long once they open anyway...

Anyway, just curious if anyone knows anything about this.

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fyi - Alamo Drafthouse at Vintage Park is now open...they had actor Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) on hand for the grand opening a few weeks ago.

 

http://drafthouse.com/blog/entry/its_official_february_19_is_rushmore_day

 

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http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151703348358448.612445.404487483447&type=1&l=eb2e403d0e

 

Director Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi) was there today

 

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.420151901409921.1073741825.100002453454566&type=1

 

Only two weeks open and the Vintage Park location has already made Houston Press' list of the best movie theaters in Houston - http://bit.ly/15WFWBB

 

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Here is some information that was emailed to me.  Hopefully they don't mind that I am posting this.  It sounds like the details could change somewhat but sounds like they will have a big selection of meats for sure..

 

 

The tentative opening date set for Facón is Thursday, March 27. The designers here are finishing up the website, so it should be up in the next week or two. I can send you sample menus for lunch, salad, tapas and catering for corporate events. The dinner/meat menu is still in development, but pricing for dinner is $48. Salad bar only for dinner is $25. For lunch, the meat selection is $32 and salad bar only for lunch is $22.

 

The Facón meat menu includes: Tender Dry Rubbed Beef Ribs, Garlic Rubbed Top Round, Rosemary Chicken Legs, Center Cut Rrime Filet Mignon, Tender Caspian Sea Octopus, Marinated Flank Steak, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, Facón Barbecued Beef Brisket, Dry Rubbed Beef Rib Eye, Rosemary, Thyme Bottom Round, Seasoned Leg of Lamb, Coho Wild Alaskan Salmon, House Made Venison Sausage, Citrus Glazed Marinated Quail, Rosemary Seasoned Lamb Chops.

 

Let me know if I can send you any menus or if you have any more questions. We look forward to seeing you at Facón!

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