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11 hours ago, ChannelTwoNews said:

so we piled into the '78 Cougar XR-7 

Unimpressed Zach Galifianakis GIF

 

I was born in 86 so I missed out on a lot of the 70s and 80s "fun" cars but I had a couple family members and friends that had 80s cougars. I remember them all smelling the same lol

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On 5/11/2022 at 9:39 AM, H-Town Man said:

Cool shot. I still don't know how I feel about the diagonal orientation. It looks like it's photobombing the rest of the buildings.

Photobombing is the perfect word. From some views, it looks great...from others (this one in particular), I agree 100%.

I really like the view coming in from Memorial Dr now. This tower looks much more complimentary and you can still get a full view of 609 Main at a great angle. That's what I don't like about the view coming in from 45 North now. It's not this tower's best angle IMO, plus it completely photobombs 609 Main and ruins the chemistry that building had with the rest of the skyline from that angle.

That said, it's a great addition...and as you've also noted, I think they did a great job on the street level experience. I love walking around this whole area now. It's a sea change from even 5 years ago. It really looks terrific.

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On 5/20/2022 at 9:54 AM, Ross said:

I remember 1983 and 1989. 1983 was pretty bad. I had gone to stay with my parents in Katy, and the thermostat on my car failed in the open position. Nothing like changing a thermostat in 12 degree weather, with your hands getting wet. 1989 didn't seem nearly as bad.

If it failed open, I guess your car would have been ok, just taken a while for the engine to warm up.

 

On 5/20/2022 at 9:22 AM, Twinsanity02 said:

Very true.  An example is what happened in the freeze of 2021. The last vivious freeze we had was in 1989 ( there was another one in 1983). By the time the Valentines day freeze of 2021 hit, a large number of people in the Houston MSA had either been too young to remember or had moved from regions where such low temperatures either do not happen or do nor pose a threat. Hence many people did not drain their pipes and we had a repeat of 1983.

We had one in '86 where there was accumulated snow. I'm too young to remember '83, although I do remember Hurricane Alicia in '83.

 

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9 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

If it failed open, I guess your car would have been ok, just taken a while for the engine to warm up.

 

We had one in '86 where there was accumulated snow. I'm too young to remember '83, although I do remember Hurricane Alicia in '83.

 

It never did warm up, even when I drove for an hour. That's why I replaced the thermostat. I also had to have the brakes bled, because the cold caused the brake fluid to shrink in volume, which somehow caused water in the fluid.

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I don't think the difference between walking and cycling is anywhere near as pronounced, in part because you have nearly as much flexibility on a bike as you do on foot. If you see something interesting on a bike you can easily stop and go investigate, and it's a lot easier to catch something that could be interesting at 18mph than 35+.

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I would agree that you'll notice almost as much biking as walking with one caveat - I am way less likely to take a random picture while biking compared to walking.  Hinedesky must have a bike mounted camera or something

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On 6/27/2022 at 9:48 PM, toxtethogrady said:

Interesting. Chevron just announced they're moving more people from San Ramon to Houston. If they're not building anything new, then where are they putting these relocated people up?

 

On 6/27/2022 at 9:55 PM, hindesky said:

As far as I know Chevron took over the two Enron buildings and some of the old Continental/United tower.

 

This doesn't mention specific buildings but it sounds like Chevron has space available for the transfers.

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/real-estate/article/Chevron-s-offer-to-pay-for-staff-to-move-to-17271037.php

 

Last week Chevron confirmed it will remain in California, but it is inviting employees to move to Houston...

It's still a question though of how many of its 2,000 employees in San Ramon would actually make the move.  Chevron isn’t requiring employees to move to Texas, but its offer to cover employees’ relocation is another sign that Houston is a primary center of operations for the oil major. Chevron has about 8,000 employees in the Houston area, including about 6,000 employees in downtown Houston...

The energy firm has roughly 3 million square feet of office space in downtown Houston spread across three buildings. Chevron also owns two office buildings in northwest Houston that it picked up after it acquired Noble Energy. One of those 438,000 square-foot building represented one of the largest blocks of sublease office spaces available in Houston area as of the first quarter 2022, according to real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield. In the past year, Chevron also moved into a leased small office space in The Ion, Rice Management Co.’s startup incubator in Midtown Houston.

 

They're not moving the HQ at this time. Exxon relocated many of their employees here but left their HQ in DFW until recently. Is Chevron following this game plan?

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3 hours ago, 79ta said:

Is Chevron following this game plan?

My guess is it depends on how many of its people choose to move to Houston.

If only a handful go, then it makes sense to stay in California.  Unless Chevron can get some concessions from the state and local governments.

Otherwise, if a sizable percentage of employees ditch California, it makes sense to move.   

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Just curious Houston19514

Do you work for Central Houston? You always seem to have some inside info.

If you do has Bob Eury left the stadium? He was always so positive and led both the Downtown District and Central Houston with such dignity and success. The city will miss him. He was instrumental in so many initiatives for downtown.

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6 minutes ago, bobruss said:

Just curious Houston19514

Do you work for Central Houston? You always seem to have some inside info.

If you do has Bob Eury left the stadium? He was always so positive and led both the Downtown District and Central Houston with such dignity and success. The city will miss him. He was instrumental in so many initiatives for downtown.

I do not, and I have no inside info.  I just keep my ear to the ground, I'm very observant and have a very good memory (and I'm pretty good at digging up information on the internet).

Yes, Bob Eury retired within the last year.

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On 11/16/2021 at 2:03 PM, Houston19514 said:

It looks like What If Syndicate has adjusted their plans.  They had planned a concept called Delilah's in both Texas Tower and on State Street in Chicago's Gold Coast.  They are still planning the same concept but changed the name to "Cafe Sophie".  Cafe Sophie will feature pastries, wood-fired breakfast sandwiches, and a full bar: it’s a space designed for customers to stay a while. There will also be a retail section where visitors can buy home kitchen supplies. (This description is specifically for their Gold Coast location, bu they also say they have a signed lease in Houston for the same concept.)

(It turns out the owner of the other Delilah's in Chicago objected to their use of that name.)

 

https://chicago.eater.com/2021/11/12/22778060/cafe-sophie-chicago-gold-coast-what-if-maple-ash-all-day-european?fbclid=IwAR1V47M_1iS1CWtEXUff808ed-yzU3lvwp9GoWg0zqKLWoCQhIZY9WBG1nQ



Does anyone know if Café Sophie (Cafe Sophie) and Etta are moving forward at Texas Tower?

Etta leased a "6,410 square feet on the first floor of Texas Tower." The address associated with it is 845 Texas Ave, Suite 175. Cafe Sophie leased a unite at 845 Texas Ave, Suite 100. According to a December press release from Hine, Caofe Sophie would "occupy 2,000 square feet in Texas Tower’s pavilion area."

Both restaurants are concepts from Chicago-based hospitality group What If Syndicate. 

There are dueling lawsuits between co-owners David Pisor and James Lasky of What If Syndicate. According to Book Club Chicago:

"In April, Pisor accused his business partner, James Lasky, of trying to push him out of the restaurant group. But Lasky said he was forced to act because there are allegations Pisor acted inappropriately toward staffers..."

Cafe Sophie is one of the latest What If Syndicate dining concepts. The restaurant opened its doors in Chicago in April. However, it closed three months later. In court documents, "Pisor alleges Lasky closed Celestina Rooftop and Café Sophie without his consent." However, "Lasky’s legal team reasons that the shutter is due to a design flaw," according to Eater Chicago.

There's also this:

"The court filing also alleges a notice of default was issued for the Etta location in Houston’s Texas Tower for failure to make a required cash distribution. And it says other planned projects are falling through as landlords are opting to work with other brands."

“Prior to Lasky’s usurpation of control, What If had never closed a restaurant. With Lasky at the helm, the Company has closed two restaurants in less than three months,” court documents said."


https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07/08/2-restaurants-in-the-maple-ash-empire-close-amid-legal-battle-between-owners/

https://blockclubchicago.org/2022/07/14/maple-ash-co-owner-refused-6-figure-payment-company-will-not-be-turned-over-to-neutral-manager-judge-rules/

https://chicago.eater.com/2022/7/15/23218992/maple-ash-lawsuit-cafe-sophie-what-if-syndicate-review-scam-gift-card-bruno-mars



Does anyone have insight about the What If Syndicate restaurants planned for Houston? It seems both restaurants may not move forward in Houston. I don't know. Is Hines looking for other tenants as replacements?

Transwestern still lists Etta and Cafe Sophie in retail leasing materials for Texas Tower. I don't know the last time Transwestern updated the listing.

https://transwestern.com/property/texas-tower

https://i.transwestern.com/5fbed5f0-3445-4680-af8c-d64c1b17a4c1/962b2346-a78e-430d-b35f-94414abf3749.pdf
 

 

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Both concepts are dead, mainly due to the issues you've highlighted I'm told.

The good news (from a reliable source) is that both the former Cafe Sophie space and the larger space caddy corner from Brava should have some announcements soon..

I'm not sure on prospects for the former Etta space. I'd hope it wouldn't stay vacant for too long as that corner has a lot of potential for pedestrian activity..

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On 10/16/2022 at 8:38 AM, CREguy13 said:

Both concepts are dead, mainly due to the issues you've highlighted I'm told.

The good news (from a reliable source) is that both the former Cafe Sophie space and the larger space caddy corner from Brava should have some announcements soon..

I'm not sure on prospects for the former Etta space. I'd hope it wouldn't stay vacant for too long as that corner has a lot of potential for pedestrian activity..



Thank you. Also, I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. Somehow I missed this.

I'm disappointed Etta and Cafe Sophie aren't moving forward. Here's hoping the next tenants signing on will be worthwhile.

 

On 10/16/2022 at 8:39 AM, Houston19514 said:

FWIW, Etta is still listed as “coming soon” on the Etta website….

I noticed that as well. However, the lawsuits seem to indicate Etta and other planned What If Syndicate projects for Chicago and elsewhere are dead for now.
 

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10 hours ago, IntheKnowHouston said:



Thank you. Also, I'm sorry I didn't reply sooner. Somehow I missed this.

I'm disappointed Etta and Cafe Sophie aren't moving forward. Here's hoping the next tenants signing on will be worthwhile.

Here's hoping they are more worthwhile than Etta.  Friends in Chicago tell me it's just okay.

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1 hour ago, Highrise Tower said:

Had some downtime this week so I went into the new tunnel leading to T2.  It's a very nice building!!

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These  images are quite nice.  The interior image of the gazebo, with it's central column, is  intriguing. The variety of materials used creates such a warm and inviting space. I'm curious. Did you happen to notice if the Mobile in the  lobby is by Ed Wilson.The cloud shapes look  similar to his dynamic piece in the George Brown cc lobby. The lighting and scale of the lobby is serious drama. I could see it as a stage set for perhaps a modern ballet, opera,  or an existential play. And last but not least, I'm curious about what looks to be either a work of art or perhaps a lamp. with a wooden timber base some material samples, The life of Gerald Hines, and the maquette of the Texas Tower, on top. The maquette reminded me of going to the observation deck in the Humble Bldg. when it opened. They had a machine that created a replica of the building from a mold out of some kind of petroleum product. Thanks for the images!

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It looks like Transwestern has updated their websites and it appears Etta, at least, is out.  Etta was said to have leased 6,410 square feet, and the 6,410 square foot Suite 102 (corner of Texas & Travis) is now listed for lease (also shown as available on their retail leasing brochure.

Interestingly, the 2,098 square foot pavilion (corner of Texas and Milam) is not listed as being available and is shown on the leasing brochure floor plan as "What If Syndicate" (the owner of Etta and Cafe Sophie).

Also, they list the 4,133 square foot Suite 101 (corner of Prairie and Travis) as being available and show it as such on the leasing brochure floor plan.

The 5,340 square foot space at the corner of Prairie and Milam is shown as "Berg Hospitality Group" (Benjamin Berg's group)

https://i.transwestern.com/5fbed5f0-3445-4680-af8c-d64c1b17a4c1/962b2346-a78e-430d-b35f-94414abf3749.pdf

https://transwestern.com/property/texas-tower

 

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16 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

It looks like Transwestern has updated their websites and it appears Etta, at least, is out.  Etta was said to have leased 6,410 square feet, and the 6,410 square foot Suite 102 (corner of Texas & Travis) is now listed for lease (also shown as available on their retail leasing brochure.

Interestingly, the 2,098 square foot pavilion (corner of Texas and Milam) is not listed as being available and is shown on the leasing brochure floor plan as "What If Syndicate" (the owner of Etta and Cafe Sophie).

Also, they list the 4,133 square foot Suite 101 (corner of Prairie and Travis) as being available and show it as such on the leasing brochure floor plan.

The 5,340 square foot space at the corner of Prairie and Milam is shown as "Berg Hospitality Group" (Benjamin Berg's group)

https://i.transwestern.com/5fbed5f0-3445-4680-af8c-d64c1b17a4c1/962b2346-a78e-430d-b35f-94414abf3749.pdf

https://transwestern.com/property/texas-tower

 



Thanks and good catch!


Updated site plan of ground floor retail at Texas Tower,  845 Texas Ave.


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17 hours ago, Houston19514 said:

The 5,340 square foot space at the corner of Prairie and Milam is shown as "Berg Hospitality Group" (Benjamin Berg's group)


I hope Berg Hospitality Group is able to make a go of it at Texas Tower (845 Texas Ave.) Ben Berg and his team's plans for Benjamin never came to fruition at the Star (1111 Rusk St.)

I wonder what kind of restaurant is planned for Texas Tower? The most recent retail site plan notes the unit Berg Hospitality Group is leasing (or planning to lease) will be part restaurant and retail. If that's the case, could it be something similar to NoPo? I know Berg Hospitality is working on a seafood concept possibly named Dune Road. I think it may focus on East Coast seafood. However, I am not certain where it's opening.

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On 11/1/2022 at 3:28 PM, Houston19514 said:

It looks like Transwestern has updated their websites and it appears Etta, at least, is out.  Etta was said to have leased 6,410 square feet, and the 6,410 square foot Suite 102 (corner of Texas & Travis) is now listed for lease (also shown as available on their retail leasing brochure.

Interestingly, the 2,098 square foot pavilion (corner of Texas and Milam) is not listed as being available and is shown on the leasing brochure floor plan as "What If Syndicate" (the owner of Etta and Cafe Sophie).

Also, they list the 4,133 square foot Suite 101 (corner of Prairie and Travis) as being available and show it as such on the leasing brochure floor plan.

The 5,340 square foot space at the corner of Prairie and Milam is shown as "Berg Hospitality Group" (Benjamin Berg's group)

https://i.transwestern.com/5fbed5f0-3445-4680-af8c-d64c1b17a4c1/962b2346-a78e-430d-b35f-94414abf3749.pdf

https://transwestern.com/property/texas-tower

 

 

17 hours ago, IntheKnowHouston said:



Thanks and good catch!


Updated site plan of ground floor retail at Texas Tower,  845 Texas Ave.


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Built Nearby shared the news of Berg Hospitality Group possibly opening a restaurant at Texas Tower (845 Texas Ave.) It was posted in an Instagram story yesterday.

I'm certain the person/people behind Built Nearby saw the post about it here. I've noticed many of their posts are taken from HAIF (mostly my posts) and don't attribute the forum (the same goes for Walking Houston). Built Nearby did this when I shared news about Milkshake Concepts' the Finch (before Gatsby's Prime Seafood leasing the space), Barcelona Wine Bar (prior to anything published about it online or alcohol permits), and others.

However, if something is reported by Houston Chronicle, CultureMap, Houston Business Journal, and other news sources, Built Nearby and Walking Houston will attribute those publications.

At least I attribute sources (or try my best) no matter where it comes from - that is if I don't have first hand knowledge about it - as do others here on the forum. It would be great if Built Nearby and Walking Houston did the same.


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