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Any updates with the 30 story Ritz-Carlton?


The last update I could find was from Dec 2016 with plans to start construction in late 2017. 

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learned something new today from a San Antonio website of all places haha:

 

https://www.mysanantonio.com/business/bizfeed/article/New-retail-tenants-announced-at-the-Galleria-12867815.php

 

The XD Ride Adventure sounds interesting...I wonder if that is going to take over where Rainforest Cafe was?

 

An Indian restaurant, a dance studio and a virtual reality ride are some of the new retail tenants announced at the Galleria mall.

Simon Property Group signed nine new tenants to the iconic Houston shopping mall. The mall owner also announced several relocations of existing tenants, including Microsoft, Chico's, Thirstys and MCM.

Here are the new tenants coming to the Galleria:

  • Musaafer by The Spice Route Company: An Indian restaurant with a bar and lounge
  • Quay Australia: A sunglasses brand from Melbourne, Australia
  • Dance With Me: A dance studio offering private and group classes and social practice parties founded by Dancing With the Stars celebrities Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Popbar: Customizable gelato, sorbetto and yogurt on a stick
  • Maison Luisant: Upscale French salon and spa
  • Charles Tyrwhitt: A British menswear shop offering suits and shoes
  • XD Ride Virtual Adventure: A multi-dimensional virtual movie ride incorporarting surround sound, motion seats and special effects such as wind, lightning, rain, snow, fog, bubble, air blast and aroma
  • Brow Art 23: An eyebrow threading boutique that also offers waxing, henna tattos and skin care consultations
  • Footaction USA/Flight 23: An athletic footwear store with a special Michael Jordan-branded shoe and apparel section
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It looks like Footaction will take over where Rainforest Cafe was and the XD Ride will be on the east end of the rink as well by the elevators/escalator. 

 

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On 4/9/2018 at 0:04 PM, CrockpotandGravel said:

Website for Nobu Houston in the Galleria has an opening for June 2018.

https://www.noburestaurants.com/houston

 

 

 

And a rendering of the patio shown in the above construction photo through the window.

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A rendering of the entrance for Nobu Houston:

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More renderings of Nobu Houston at the Galleria, 5115 Westheimer. Renderings from Studio PCH found on Nobu Houston's Google listing.


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The dining room

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The sake wall
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A fuller view of the patio of the previous rendering above
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Maybe a nice tile mosaic, by one of the many fine ceramics artists in Texas, or perhaps a vertical living garden wall.  

 

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23 hours ago, Dakota79 said:

Could that ramp look more tired? Geez. Get some paint or powerwash it.  It's not Sharpstown!

The Galleria has never much cared about exterior aesthetics, which I don’t understood.  Simple cleaning can’t be THAT expensive...

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i have said that many times in this thread haha!!! powerwashing works miracles! ;) 

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I was speaking with some people supposedly "in the know" this weekend about the Galleria and the restaurants there.

Supposedly Blanco is doing so well that they were given half the service lot for their customers and their to-go customers.

Nobu isn't doing nearly as well as they hoped and Fig and Olive was doing so poorly they were supposedly on the verge of closing but now have a new menu that is more moderately priced and even have taken some menu and bar "ideas" from Blanco in hopes to turn it all around...and quick!

Because of all of this, apparently the Spice Route is taking their time with renovations and opening because I think this is all a shock to the system for everyone concerned...

well except Blanco!

(which by the way I do happen to like...ALOT!)

 

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Pretty much all the traffic at those restaurants has to be vistors. Not many locals want to deal with the mall to have an average dinner I feel. 

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2 minutes ago, richfish said:

Pretty much all the traffic at those restaurants has to be vistors. Not many locals want to deal with the mall to have an average dinner I feel. 

I thought the same thing.  The Galleria is the last place I would want to go for a nice meal.  Getting in and out is such a hassle.

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Yes they realize that....now.

That is one reason the Galleria at least offered half of the usually "valet only" lot to Blanco, in hopes to keep them full and happy.

I don't see signs up saying Blanco parking except 3 "Blanco to go" spots so all the restaurants can benefit from the free half lot at least...but traffic is also a big part of the problem so yes they mentioned that they do indeed get mostly hotel guests to the restaurants. Luckily my condo is across the street and as mentioned, i truly like the feel, the food and the service and bar staff at Blanco...so i go there often.

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15 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

It might seem like forever, but I'm pretty sure it's been there less than 20 years.

 

It was Luke's Hamburgers for the longest time and i loved that place! 

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The owner of Zone d'Erotica also owns the land and building and has had it up for lease for more than two years (at a very steep asking price).  They must have finally found a tenant. 

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Very large? Hmmm do they own the Dillard's site as well?? Westheimer to W Alabama would definitely qualify as large. 

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The interior design here is STUNNING!  I wouldn’t normally go to The Galleria for a meal — too much of a hassle with traffic and parking — but for this space and my love for Indian cuisine, I’d make an exception!

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7 minutes ago, MarathonMan said:

The interior design here is STUNNING!  I wouldn’t normally go to The Galleria for a meal — too much of a hassle with traffic and parking — but for this space and my love for Indian cuisine, I’d make an exception!

 

Agreed. Very unique environment. Love Indian food too. Will definitely have to try it out.

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21 hours ago, MarathonMan said:

The interior design here is STUNNING!  I wouldn’t normally go to The Galleria for a meal — too much of a hassle with traffic and parking — but for this space and my love for Indian cuisine, I’d make an exception!

 

21 hours ago, Luminare said:

 

Agreed. Very unique environment. Love Indian food too. Will definitely have to try it out.



The interior is visually stunning. I can see now why the build out has taken as long as it has. 



 

 

17 hours ago, Timoric said:

That looks difficult to keep clean, would hate that side work after a wait shift


I didn't consider the upkeep and cleaning detail, I was captivated by the beauty. But taking cleaning into consideration, if I worked there, I wouldn't want to do it. :lol:

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I wonder how long it will take new owners to remodel it in another 2 years or so!!!???!!! 

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On 6/11/2019 at 8:18 AM, CrockpotandGravel said:

Construction progress photos of Musaafer. This is the Indian restaurant from Spice Route Co. opening later this year in the Galleria in Houston. It's part of the Galleria III remodeled wing.

Posted on Instagram last month in late May by Chromed Design Studio.

 

Replicating the historic 'Sheesh Mahal', Chromed Design Studio creates an arena inculcated with baroque inlay work and traditional motifs

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bx15_bsp6H7/



Renderings posted previously to the forum:

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Website for Musaafer , the Indian restaurant in the renovated wing of the Galleria Houston, is online.

No additional renderings or photos of the interior are posted.

Opening date posted for this fall  at 5115 Westheimer, Suite C3500.

http://www.musaaferhouston.com/

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I saw they are working on Musaafer today from the outside...they have some panels removed probably to load something in i am sure...

 

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What are you talking about?  The Galleria is not San Jacinto Mall, or Greenspoint...or the Astrodome.  The Retail environment is no doubt contracting but Galleria's formula bucks that trend entirely.  If anything, I can see the Galleria gaining in size, with additional hotel(s), residential towers and entertainment options.  The Concrete and Steel is surely still sound and I'm fairly certain that it will be in another 20 years.  There surely will be multiple renovations and alterations to maintain the structure and update the product.  But, tear down?  I don't see that, in the foreseeable future. 

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I went to the galleria the offer day and it is thriving. The outside looks like crap; nothing new there. It has looked like that for decades, but it was just as packed as always. 

 

Not all malls are going the way of the DoDo bird.  Was at the Town Center in Pearland and Baybrook too and both seemed to be packed

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Yeah I tend to think the issue with malls is that we have too many of them and many of them are poorly sited, not that's it a fundamentally flawed concept. Indoor shopping malls have existed in some form since the Romans. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Timoric said:

What year do you think they will tear down the Galleria?  I think it might have 20 years left.

I'll give it 60 more years, or until my twin daughters can't  walk around much. They and their friends love the place unlike most other malls.

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On 7/1/2019 at 10:18 AM, Naviguessor said:

What are you talking about?  The Galleria is not San Jacinto Mall, or Greenspoint...or the Astrodome.  The Retail environment is no doubt contracting but Galleria's formula bucks that trend entirely.  If anything, I can see the Galleria gaining in size, with additional hotel(s), residential towers and entertainment options.  The Concrete and Steel is surely still sound and I'm fairly certain that it will be in another 20 years.  There surely will be multiple renovations and alterations to maintain the structure and update the product.  But, tear down?  I don't see that, in the foreseeable future. 

 

Agreed and NYC which is known for ground floor retail everywhere just built a high end Galleria type mall at *Hudson yards. In my opinion, Galleria will be around for many more decades. 

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They recently power washed Neiman Marcus and it looks a helluva lot better. The Galleria would be more attractive from a pedestrian standpoint if they developed another restaurant or entertainment pod in the parking lot on the corner of Wertheimer and Post Oak.  Dillard's is a box that truly offends.  It looks like at one time it had large display windows facing the parking lots but that these were covered by stucco at some time in the past.  Some attractive displays, trellises with greenery and a paint job to the concrete block walls on the parking structure would make the store look more user friendly and less dated.

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On 7/1/2019 at 11:42 AM, urbanize713 said:

 

Agreed and NYC which is known for ground floor retail everywhere just built a high end Galleria type mall at Sawyer yards. In my opinion, Galleria will be around for many more decades. 

Unlike the Galleria, though, Sawyer yards incorporates both indoor and outdoor space, and the two interact well with each other.  The Galleria gives the public zero exterior experience.  Sawyer Yards is far beyond the Galleria in terms of overall scope.

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On 7/1/2019 at 11:42 AM, urbanize713 said:

 

Agreed and NYC which is known for ground floor retail everywhere just built a high end Galleria type mall at Sawyer yards. In my opinion, Galleria will be around for many more decades. 

 

Are you sure you weren't referring to "Hudson Yards"?

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26 minutes ago, Luminare said:

 

Are you sure you weren't referring to "Hudson Yards"?

 

I absolutely did, solid correction lol. 

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10 hours ago, AREJAY said:

Anybody else in favor of splitting the Ritz tower from the Galleria expansion? I always get a twinge of excitement when I see this thread updated, hoping for some news on the highrise, only to see restaurant updates... 



What a wonderful idea...not.

The thing is the Galleria expansion and renovation includes retail stores and restaurants IN ADDITION to the existing office building, the existing hotel and the proposed hotel.

Simon has announced time and time again that the proposed hotel is NOT separate but is PART of the Galleria expansion and renovation. In their marketing materials and investors materials the hotels (existing one and the proposed one) fall under the Galleria renovation and expansion BECAUSE IT IS PART OF THE GALLERIA (not the area but the actual Galleria property that Simon owns). IT IS NOT SEPARATE.

So, any and all updates that are part of that expansion and renovation, including retail stores, restaurants, existing hotel and the proposed hotel are in the thread they need to be.

 

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20 hours ago, Skyboxdweller said:

They recently power washed Neiman Marcus and it looks a helluva lot better. 

 

I have commented on this thread many times that a good power washing would definitely help the Galleria in general! (and probably Dillard's too!)...glad to see it was done at NM!

 

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And it turns out to be predominantly Dallas vs. Houston. C'mon guys, we know better ;) 

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