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Anybody hear any word about Ref's? I saw the thread about Stats and that is definitely a sure thing and they are almost ready. But I heard through the grapevine that since Pizza Fusion is no more, they were putting a Sports Bar called Ref's in it's place.

Any word on that?

Today is Pizza Fusion's last day. :(

Ref's will be open very soon. Just what the world needs, another flippin' sports bar with nothing more than TV's, beer and fried bar food. Big whoop. :rolleyes:

Ref's will be open very soon. Just what the world needs, another flippin' sports bar with nothing more than TV's, beer and fried bar food. Big whoop.

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Today is Pizza Fusion's last day. :(

Ref's will be open very soon. Just what the world needs, another flippin' sports bar with nothing more than TV's, beer and fried bar food. Big whoop. :rolleyes:

Today is Pizza Fusion's last day. :(

Ref's will be open very soon. Just what the world needs, another flippin' sports bar with nothing more than TV's, beer and fried bar food. Big whoop.

I wonder what their target demographic is.

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I liked Pizza Fusion too!!! This is really too bad. My wife and I loved the BBQ chicken pizza. I would like to think this was not due to a lack of business as they seemed to always have a good sized crowd when I was there. But they also had issues with the Vintage Park management that were well known. One was that the owner did not feel he was being given enough waste area for being able to recycle. That was very important to him since the restaurant was built on that premise. I remember meeting the owner at the Vintage Park grand opening and he did not seem to be real happy about some things, especially when they first opened.

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I liked Pizza Fusion too!!! This is really too bad. My wife and I loved the BBQ chicken pizza. I would like to think this was not due to a lack of business as they seemed to always have a good sized crowd when I was there. But they also had issues with the Vintage Park management that were well known. One was that the owner did not feel he was being given enough waste area for being able to recycle. That was very important to him since the restaurant was built on that premise. I remember meeting the owner at the Vintage Park grand opening and he did not seem to be real happy about some things, especially when they first opened.

The explanation I was given was that while they had a good number of customers, the cost vs. price models, given their high-quality (organic, natural) ingredients, was not sustainable.

It's sad to me that mid-price healthier restaurants seem to fly in many other parts of the country, but not so much here in Houston. I guess beer and bar food are sustainable here...they certainly help keep the Medical Center in business.

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The Cy-Fair section in the Sunday paper had the following short article:

"Chris Toman, the owner of Pizza Fusion, is converting his restaurant into a new concept - Ref's Sports Bar & Grill. Ref's will still offer pizza. New features will include 13 high-definition TV's inside and a 55 inch outdoor screen."

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The Cy-Fair section in the Sunday paper had the following short article:

"Chris Toman, the owner of Pizza Fusion, is converting his restaurant into a new concept - Ref's Sports Bar and Grill. Ref's will still offer pizza. New features will include 13 high-definition TV's inside and a 55-inch outdoor screen."

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My wife and I decided to pay Ref's a visit last Friday night since we were in the area. We didn't realize until we got there that it was the grand opening. I doesn't look like much had changed on the inside. They added some TV's and changed some seating around but not much else. Having said that, I don't think much needed to be done anyway. It's a nice atmosphere. My only complaint was paying $5.00 for a pint of St. Arnolds Lawnmower Beer. I thought it was a mistake until I was charged another $5.00 for a second round. The place is pretty nice, but not nice enough for me to pay $5.00 for a draft beer that is brewed about 15 miles away.

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We gave Ref's a shot a couple of weeks ago, and were not impressed. Our table was dirty when they sat us, and when we requested another table, they took us to ANOTHER dirty table. They were not very busy, so they could've cleaned up.

Another disappointment was the fact they covered their pretty hardwood tables with cheap black tablecloths (which are basically glued to the tables). The only reason this irked us, is that the tables are made of recycled basketball court... perfect for a sports bar!

It seems like there are some bugs to work out, and I wish them the best. Vintage Park needs to keep all the tenants they can!

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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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Objectively the best tacos in Texas*

 

You've got to be kidding. I don't hate Torchy's the way some folks do, but they aren't even close to being the best tacos in Houston, let alone Texas. They need to seriously think about making their own tortillas in-house, but I doubt it'll ever happen as that's too labor-intensive for something that most of their clientele doesn't even notice or care about. 

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You've got to be kidding. I don't hate Torchy's the way some folks do, but they aren't even close to being the best tacos in Houston, let alone Texas. They need to seriously think about making their own tortillas in-house, but I doubt it'll ever happen as that's too labor-intensive for something that most of their clientele doesn't even notice or care about. 

Nope 100% serious they are objectively the best tacos around

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I like Torchy's, but I'd bet I could name two dozen taco trucks/stands with better tacos.

 

I will be making the trip out to see what MOD pizza is about. I like this from their website:

What would happen if they allowed customers to choose exactly what they wanted without charging more

 

 

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