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First, the city made Main and its surrounding areas nicer so attorneys could enjoy their brand new civil and criminal courthouse and tap into some great drinks and food pre, during, and post trial.

 

Now they are putting in this park so going to the federal courthouse will be a relaxing experience and help attorneys get their mind right before going to court. I dunno which law firms and attorneys have been donating to make this possible, but god bless them! 

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https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/02/07/cbre-dishes-on-search-for-restaurant-operator-for.html?iana=hpmvp_hstn_news_headline

 

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CBRE dishes on search for restaurant operator for Jones Plaza redevelopment

 

By Laura Gillespie  – Reporter, Houston Business Journal

Feb 7, 2020, 8:37am CST

 

CBRE is now looking for an operator to run the restaurant as part of the previously announced transformation of Jones Plaza, which will be renamed the Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts

 

The 8,547-square-foot restaurant will be two stories, CBRE Associate Lacee Jacobs said, making it ideal for a dual concept overseen by a single operator. She is handling leasing for the restaurant along with Associate Laura Harness. Jacobs said the street level could be suited for a more formal concept, with valet, serving as a nice restaurant to go to before attending a performance in the Theater District. That lower level will be 2,000 square feet. 

 

The upper level, which will face the park, will have a patio and could support a more casual concept with greater interaction with the park and parkgoers. That level will be 2,400 square feet. 

 

“It is definitely going to be part of what we think is an awesome transformation of this park," Jacobs said of the restaurant. "And we really want it to interact with the park and with the parkgoers and with all the events that will be hosted at the park. But we really want it to be a great representation of our city and downtown.”

 

 

Although Jacobs doesn't have a specific type of food in mind for the restaurant, CBRE is seeking a local brand. 

Specific rent hasn't been set, and there's some flexibility available to work with operators potentially interested in the space. 

 

The operator will have input on the restaurant’s design.

 

“It’s designed to feel very cozy and to have very defined bar area and dining area and patio area,” Jacobs said.

 

Jacobs said the restaurant will bridge the gap between downtown workers, residents and Houstonians who are just in the area to catch a show or see the park. The park will have similar programming to Market Square Park, with possible activities including movies, bingo or the biking group Critical Mass meet-ups. 

 

”The Lynn Wyatt Square For The Performing Arts will be a gamechanger for the Theater District and the west side of downtown Houston” Brenda Bazan, president and CEO of Houston First Corp., said in a press release. Houston First is managing the park. 

 

“We are confident that having CBRE as part of our team will result in selecting the right restaurant operator, which is a key component to reimagining the next chapter of the new greenspace.”

 

 

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18 minutes ago, Naviguessor said:

"Pre-Show Cocktail Hour"  Now the Plaza is sounding better as well as looking better. 

 

Its the bougiest thing ever, but definitely wouldn't mind going to one just to be in that environment at night.

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On 2/7/2020 at 10:26 AM, ChannelTwoNews said:

 

Bingo? Will they get Ethel from the St. Vincent Harvest Years Society to call the numbers? She's the best. And what about bridge? This thing is DOA unless there's a good game of contract bridge.

 

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3 hours ago, jermh said:

There was a truck on the Louisiana side of the plaza that looks to be pulling core samples as I walked by at lunch.

 

Saw this while driving around during lunch break, but wasn't to sure if this was for the plaza or not.

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5 hours ago, Triton said:

Very cool! Definitely unique

I went to one of the public meetings were they asked for feedback on the color palette and I pushed pretty hard for yellow accents on the bike path (or at least on the stripes that aren't put in yet) but I'll have to admit the white/slate looks pretty freaking good. 

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

The Theater District Master Plan calls for the replacement of Bayou Place with three blocks of entertainment venues and mixed used developments.   Theater District Master Plan

Yo, that is some great planning. It looks like they are getting at least some of what they want. Bayou Place has always seemed odd, I did not know it was converted from an old convention center. I swear, Blue Fish made more money from attorneys who couldn't find parking and just paid to valet than what they made from serving actual food. 

Would love to see that place go, its kinda whatever. But please have a small screen theater over there. Its nice to be able to go there for movies.

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I’m hoping that one of those tower concepts is a hotel. The second rendering seems to show a theater/performing arts center of some kind. Can’t imagine what that might be, but adding more seats/venues to the district would be very exciting. Maybe it’s a movie theater replacement, but it seems a bit large/grand for that. 
 

Regardless whether or not this is a chosen concept, it shows that Houston First is thinking big. 

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17 minutes ago, Naviguessor said:

I’m hoping that one of those tower concepts is a hotel. The second rendering seems to show a theater/performing arts center of some kind. Can’t imagine what that might be, but adding more seats/venues to the district would be very exciting. Maybe it’s a movie theater replacement, but it seems a bit large/grand for that. 
 

Regardless whether or not this is a chosen concept, it shows that Houston First is thinking big. 

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page 34 down gives you an idea of what they have in mind.


http://houstonfirst.com/static/media/uploads/attachments/theater_district_master_plan_02.02.15.pdf

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1 hour ago, Naviguessor said:

I’m hoping that one of those tower concepts is a hotel. The second rendering seems to show a theater/performing arts center of some kind. Can’t imagine what that might be, but adding more seats/venues to the district would be very exciting. Maybe it’s a movie theater replacement, but it seems a bit large/grand for that. 
 

Regardless whether or not this is a chosen concept, it shows that Houston First is thinking big. 

I would guess that at least one of those towers would be a hotel.  The master plan calls for a new performance venue.  (I would not have expected it to be as big as shown in this rendering.)

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

I would guess that at least one of those towers would be a hotel.  The master plan calls for a new performance venue.  (I would not have expected it to be as big as shown in this rendering.)

So the Wortham splits time with the ballet and opera, but I don't know that either of those are sought after enough for a new venue alone at this time (I could be wrong, I don't go so I don't know).  I could guess that the Hobby Center or Jones Hall would be the closest to being overprogrammed.  I have definitely wanted to go to a number of shows at the Hobby Center that were sold out so maybe a new venue could allow for more seating/extended runs?

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The Houston Symphony could use a devoted venue. Jones Hall originally housed the opera, the ballet, and symphony—the acoustics aren’t as well tailored to the symphony as they could be. The Wortham Center was built with the idea of the orchestra being exclusively in the pit for ballet and opera, and it has the two theaters of different size to allow for different-scale productions. 

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On 4/6/2021 at 11:30 AM, nate4l1f3 said:

"New Venue" is definitely intriguing. I doubt the symphony will want to move even closer to the bayou and its flooding but perhaps engineering can make them feel safe. The problem from what I've heard is that they get a lot of money from Houston Endowment and if they leave Jones Hall, it will kind of hurt Houston Endowment's feelings and endanger the money flow. The symphony had something like $200 million raised for a renovation of Jones Hall a few years ago which never happened, I think due to Harvey. Wonder what they did with the money.

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"New venue" would be a replacement for Bayou Music Center, the venue formerly known as Revention - it's easy to forget, since its offerings weren't exactly on par with Cynthia Woods or Toyota.

 

Its first show this year will apparently be Ween on June 17. 

 

edit:  I now have Voodoo Lady as this afternoon's earworm... :ph34r:

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The "new venue" is very unlikely to be intended for the symphony.  The Master Plan was being put together in the same time frame that the Jones Hall renewal was being formulated, so I don't think the Symphony is what they had in mind. And I think the Symphony is committed to Jones Hall.  More likely a replacement for Revention/Bayou Music Center.  The new Live Nation venue at Post does not necessarily mean Live Nation would not also want to continue with another, smaller venue.  (The Terminal will accommodate 5,000 people; BMC only 2,350, according to its website.)

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11 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

The "new venue" is very unlikely to be intended for the symphony.  The Master Plan was being put together in the same time frame that the Jones Hall renewal was being formulated, so I don't think the Symphony is what they had in mind. And I think the Symphony is committed to Jones Hall.  More likely a replacement for Revention/Bayou Music Center.  The new Live Nation venue at Post does not necessarily mean Live Nation would not also want to continue with another, smaller venue.  (The Terminal will accommodate 5,000 people; BMC only 2,350, according to its website.)

Why would they bother having a second venue, which the newer venue is clearly meant to be a replacement for the first? There isn't enough of difference between 2,350 and 5,000 that that logic makes any inherent sense. Its more logical that the new 5,000 seat venue is a full on replacement for the older, smaller venue, made larger to accommodate bigger performances, while still being small enough that a smaller performance could make use of the space.

Besides, the new venue in the listing looks to be about the same size as Jones Hall itself, supported by the renderings we've seen, which currently accommodates performances with an audience of up to 2,912. Assuming it is for the Symphony Orchestra, it looks to be built to the optimal size for them, with a size large enough to accommodate up to 3000 people for attendance and have plenty of space for the orchestra's operations.

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