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Off-topic, but maybe on too.....

I have something to confess, I work Downtown, spend a lot at the Park Shops (best place for low-hastle-day-before-Christmas shopping IMO), go the Angelika on a regular basis, etc. But, I have not spent much time on Main. I always favor Market Square if I do wander into the area at night.

This weekend though, I have out of towners coming in and want to show them around the hip new nightlife area we have. If they are over 30, in jeans and casual wear, what places do we walk into as we stroll down Main Street?

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My favorite is the Flying Saucer. Casual...good crowd...and tons of beer selections from around the world.

http://www.beerknurd.com - check out that selection!

i've also enjoyed the new irish pub (maybe not so new anymore) on Main in the Rice Lofts bldg...don't remember the name of it off hand. Across the street from it is another irish pub, Slainte.

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Places that allow jeans include:

Market Square/Franklin area:

La Carafe

Warrens

Twelve Spot

Cabo

Old Cotton Exchange Bar

Brewery Tap

Over by Commerce and main:

Speak Easy

Main:

Live (sports bar)

Deans

St. Petes Dancing Marlin

F2

Saba

Slainte

Shay McElroy

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It would be great if they moved downtown.

Then in September, Cedric Burgher, a former Enron vice president and most recently Halliburton treasurer, was named Burger King's chief financial officer.

Geez, what a resume.. Enron and Halliburton. I want to party with this guy.

Think he gets crap for his last name? :P

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Jobs r jobs r jobs.

True. But the city did a piss poor job luring Boeing here when they wanted to relocate from Seattle. They eventually went to Chicago.

Simply having a glut of cheap, recently built office space available is not enough to lure Fortune 500's to downtown. Having a large and influential industrial-technology company like Boeing would have been much more beneficial than ending up with a corporate caretaker for a far-flung empire of burger franchises.

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True. But the city did a piss poor job luring Boeing here when they wanted to relocate from Seattle. They eventually went to Chicago.

Simply having a glut of cheap, recently built office space available is not enough to lure Fortune 500's to downtown. Having a large and influential industrial-technology company like Boeing would have been much more beneficial than ending up with a corporate caretaker for a far-flung empire of burger franchises.

What? Boeing ruled Houston out in its initial search because it already had a presence in the Houston area. That's why it ruled out several locations. I think the state, and the city has done a tremendous amount of work creating jobs here in a time when jobs simly didn't exist. Give me burger king. I would hardly call a private multil-national; multi-billion dollar company a far-flung empire of burger franchises.

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What?  Boeing ruled Houston out in its initial search because it already had a presence in the Houston area.  That's why it ruled out several locations.  I think the state, and the city has done a tremendous amount of work creating jobs here in a time when jobs simly didn't exist.  Give me burger king.  I would hardly call a private multil-national; multi-billion dollar company a far-flung empire of burger franchises.

Just because Boeing was relocating its headquarters didnt mean they were creating/moving jobs too. The manufacturing and R&D sites where bulk of Boeing jobs are stayed in Seattle and elsewhere. I think only about a couple of hundreds administrative jobs moved to Chicago.

However, it does help the prestige of a city when a company like Boeing is based there although it stayed in Seattle for so long that in the minds of most people Seattle is still the Boeing city.

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Interesting idea. Seems that many bars downtown can't manage enough proceeds to keep the doors open, hope they beat the odds.

Clubs fail, but bars seem to be doing okay. Butterfly High was kind of half club half bar. It was replaced by a bar called Sunny's that seems to be doing okay.

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Seems like it would be a good publicity stunt to declare that you are a non-profit, pay high enough wages to yourself and employees to make almost no profit and donate what's left to charity. I'm not saying that's what they're doing here but non-profit doesn't mean that no one is profiting.

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Seems like it would be a good publicity stunt to declare that you are a non-profit, pay high enough wages to yourself and employees to make almost no profit and donate what's left to charity. I'm not saying that's what they're doing here but non-profit doesn't mean that no one is profiting.

Maybe, but I'm quite sure they'll be transparent about just how much money is donated to each charity at the end of each month. If the prices seem in line with other bars, I'm not really that bothered by this possibility.

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Checked this place out last weekend. Decent crowd on Friday night, good drinks. Kept the historic building in tact, straightforward simple tables and a bar. 4 different charities you can vote for when you buy a drink. We'll see if they are public about how much, if any, they donate at the end of the month (I would think there is a high chance they wouldn't be profitable the first month).

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Market Square is open now, and from what I've heard we need more bars in the area again. Isn't Hearsay doing pretty well?

Yes, Hearsay finally got some good cocktails and seem to stay pretty busy now. Food menu hasn't changed much, but the quality seems more consistent now.

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No, and there are very few in this area.

 

LOL  Tell that to the business owners who have to run them out of their establishments regularly after trying to sneak in to use the restrooms.

 

As for OKRA Bar, I was surprised at some of the organizations that are vying for the month's proceeds.  The Women's Shelter is a great option but David Crossley's Houston Tomorrow????  No thanks.  That was a turnoff for me.

 

As for the drinks, for happy hour prices they are barely acceptable, for regular prices they certainly are not. 

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As for HH prices it's hard for me to say. Is it still possible to get a $2 bottle of beer anymore? Even a 6-pack of Shiner at Spec's rings up at more than a buck per and that's with me toting them home and opening the bottle myself. :wacko:

 

Obvioulsly, a downtown or mid-town bar owner is going to have more overhead than a dive out on the Hempstead Highway. I paid $6 per glass for Stella the other day at a well-known establishment in the southwest part of town.

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LOL  Tell that to the business owners who have to run them out of their establishments regularly after trying to sneak in to use the restrooms.

 

As for OKRA Bar, I was surprised at some of the organizations that are vying for the month's proceeds.  The Women's Shelter is a great option but David Crossley's Houston Tomorrow????  No thanks.  That was a turnoff for me.

 

As for the drinks, for happy hour prices they are barely acceptable, for regular prices they certainly are not. 

 

Yeah, all my votes are going to HAWC this month.

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I've only lived in Houston and downtown for two years and I am amazed by the amount of change that has occurred on the restaurant / bar scene. When I moved here, OKRA was not even open / even hinted at. Since then there has been a number of successful openings and it's hard to keep up with the pace of change. I've also been very pleased with the quality of each opening - these establishments are nothing like the typical Midtown / Wash Ave bars where the bartenders do not even know what Campari is.

 

Here are recent openings in no particular order:

  • Honeymoon Cafe (300 Main). Serves upscale sandwiches for lunch. Downtown's only good independent coffee shop. Always packed for lunch and surprisingly packed for Sunday brunch.
  • http://thehoneymoonhtx.com/
  • Public Services Wine and Whiskey (202 Travis). Run by the former Oxheart sommelier with interesting wines and whiskeys. It's in the restored / renovated Cotton Exchange building.
  • http://publicservicesbar.com/
  • New Hearsay Location (1516 Dallas)

 

Also, looks like a formerly empty location on Main Street is taped over with the business named "Beef and Barley" and District 7 Grill is taking over an empty space that spans half a block at Main and Texas. There is some sports bar opening on Main as well.

 

As MAB noted in another thread, a new BBQ restaurant set to open by Brian Caswell (Reef), Bill Floyd and Greg Gatlin (Gatlin's BBQ) is set to open in Q1 2015 on Jackson and Congress near Minute Maid Park.

 

There is now a liquor store downtown called Posh Liquors (http://poshliquors.com/). Based on the name, I'm assuming they are trying for an upscale clientele base.

 

All these join the first wave of restaurants (El Big Bad, Batanga, Fusion Taco) and first wave of bars (Captain Foxheart's Bad News Bar and Spirit Lounge, OKRA, Pastry War, Clutch City Squire, Little Dipper, Dean's Credit Clothing re-opening). 

 

Yes it would be nice to get a full service grocery, a Target and some retail downtown but I am so grateful for everything that has happened to downtown recently, that I have no absolutely no complaints. I also have nothing but optimism for further development as more residential opens.

 

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