Texasota

708 / 712 Main Renovation - The Jones on Main

Recommended Posts

CrockpotandGravel    4,336

Buildout and completed progress of Finn Hall food hall in downtown Houston, 712 Main.

Photos are from Instagram taken last week and this week.

 

0VienIf.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqVo1sFgdLL/

 

 

74pgczY.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqdqvX6g8i1/

 

 

60Ex801.jpg

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

 

 

S0PMw7H.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqcoLBthBY8/

 

 

kUcz2xE.jpg
 

 

Sparrow's Nest at Finn Hall food hall in downtown Houston, 712 Main

S0U2qcj.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqcqjR9hDoK/

 

 

nKPBjWL.jpg

 


2ch55Ty.jpg
 

 

 

UEP2ZCY.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bqh14cHgsFh/

 

xENP2yo.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqlL9OznPCc/

 

 

 

Yong food stall restaurant at Finn Hall food hall in downtown Houston, 712 Main.
FQGgHhZ.jpg

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

 

 

9jFN4Yu.jpg

https://www.instagram.com/p/BqnGhA-AP8r/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Triton    9,105
3 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

OPEN!!!

I'll be going tonight!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mollusk    1,678

I made a lunch excursion there today, and got an oyster poboy from Low Tide.  For its first day being open and the place being totally slammed it's pretty OK - the oysters were a bit hammered, but I mark that up to being a lower volume item on opening day.  Sit Low's plates looked awesome; Nice Pie was the only place not serving yet.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Naviguessor    1,441

LOL.  Where have any of these places even been rated?  They've been open for 2 days. 

Keep on keepin' on, Vy. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
56 minutes ago, Naviguessor said:

LOL.  Where have any of these places even been rated?  They've been open for 2 days. 

Keep on keepin' on, Vy. 

 

That guy is the dictionary definition of a troll :lol:

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Vy65    62

I'm a troll because I'm not rah thousand dollarsing rah about a glorified food court? 

 

I'm sorry my honesty offends you so much Cap.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Texasota    983

Vy65, *why* did you think it was overpriced and overrated? Which vendors did you try? What was your criticism? Were the prices high for the amount of food, or compared to similar businesses elsewhere in the city? Were there issues with preparation - were things over or under-cooked? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
j_cuevas713    1,251
14 hours ago, Vy65 said:

I'm a troll because I'm not rah thousand dollarsing rah about a glorified food court? 

 

I'm sorry my honesty offends you so much Cap.

Well yeah it's a food hall.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mollusk    1,678

I did not find the prices to be out of line when I went there for lunch.  I enjoyed my food.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
cspwal    2,140

I have yet to go, but I am excited for more food options downtown, including ice cream

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DrLan34    1,686

Great addition for downtown residents. We have been needing more late night food options and there is a cool bar on the second floor. Also spurring some nice foot traffic in this area after hours.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
kbates2    818

Went last night, it is pretty great.  It is VERY different from Conservatory and I think that they will complement each other if anything.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Vy65    62
4 hours ago, Texasota said:

Vy65, *why* did you think it was overpriced and overrated? Which vendors did you try? What was your criticism? Were the prices high for the amount of food, or compared to similar businesses elsewhere in the city? Were there issues with preparation - were things over or under-cooked? 

 

$14 for two tacos from Goode Company is outrageous. $7 for a slice of pepperoni from Mr. Nice Pie is outrageous. I had the tacos but not the pizza since the pizza oven was down. 

 

Compared to the Tacos a Go Go location downtown, Goode Co.'s prices were nearly double for an inferior product. 

 

It's not just those two stands either. $14 for a falafel sandwich during brunch (Oddball) or $13 for a grilled tofu bowl are also ridiculous. 

 

It's a couple of bucks and ultimately not a big deal if the food were good. But the food was average and the servings were far from abundant.   

 

It's comical that whenever someone airs some criticism, the immediate reaction is to flay them as though they were some pariah. I hate to break it to the posters here, but, predictably, the experience at a glorified mall food court really is just below-average. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
wilcal    201
28 minutes ago, Vy65 said:

 

$14 for two tacos from Goode Company is outrageous. $7 for a slice of pepperoni from Mr. Nice Pie is outrageous. I had the tacos but not the pizza since the pizza oven was down. 

 

Compared to the Tacos a Go Go location downtown, Goode Co.'s prices were nearly double for an inferior product. 

 

It's not just those two stands either. $14 for a falafel sandwich during brunch (Oddball) or $13 for a grilled tofu bowl are also ridiculous. 

 

It's a couple of bucks and ultimately not a big deal if the food were good. But the food was average and the servings were far from abundant.   

 

It's comical that whenever someone airs some criticism, the immediate reaction is to flay them as though they were some pariah. I hate to break it to the posters here, but, predictably, the experience at a glorified mall food court really is just below-average. 

 

YEESH.

 

People are still going to have food delivered if the prices are that high. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
adr    1,678

I peeked in for a look around lunchtime.  Didn't stay for anything to eat, but wow.  It's a great looking space completely unique in downtown (so far). Lot's of energy and the pictures don't do it justice. Great amenity for both downtown workers and residents.  Looking forward to some late nite Mala Schezuan soon.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Triton    9,105
On 12/5/2018 at 11:31 AM, Vy65 said:

 

$14 for two tacos from Goode Company is outrageous. $7 for a slice of pepperoni from Mr. Nice Pie is outrageous. I had the tacos but not the pizza since the pizza oven was down. 

 

Compared to the Tacos a Go Go location downtown, Goode Co.'s prices were nearly double for an inferior product. 

 

It's not just those two stands either. $14 for a falafel sandwich during brunch (Oddball) or $13 for a grilled tofu bowl are also ridiculous. 

 

It's a couple of bucks and ultimately not a big deal if the food were good. But the food was average and the servings were far from abundant.   

 

It's comical that whenever someone airs some criticism, the immediate reaction is to flay them as though they were some pariah. I hate to break it to the posters here, but, predictably, the experience at a glorified mall food court really is just below-average. 

 

I think it has to do with the locations that they are at, since I'm sure the rent prices there are high. I too was shocked when I spent $28 for Vietnamese food at Sit Lo there. That was just for a bowl of pho and "Vietnamese tots".... which really confused my Vietnamese fiance but that's another matter entirely. Overall, I think you're going to have to pay a lot more because of it's location and you can bring a large group of friends here, as I did, and they can have the option to eat whatever they want. That's another plus. The vibe and atmosphere is great too... especially the upstairs bar lounge.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ttuchris    11

Are there any historic pictures of this space?  I went last night.  They preserved the original terrazzo and the columns appear to have the original stone.  There was also an original railing and air grate up in Swallow's Nest.  Other than that, very few historic details left.

 

I didn't pay attention to my meal price, but my friend did note her meal was $20 for a cheeseburger, onion rings, and a tea. 

 

A homeless man came in towards the end of our meal and asked if he could help clear our table.  I imagine they have some sort of control for this.  

 

Additionally, the pizza place was still closed.  Not sure what is going on there. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Vy65    62
39 minutes ago, Triton said:

 

I think it has to do with the locations that they are at, since I'm sure the rent prices there are high. I too was shocked when I spent $28 for Vietnamese food at Sit Lo there. That was just for a bowl of pho and "Vietnamese tots".... which really confused my Vietnamese fiance but that's another matter entirely. Overall, I think you're going to have to pay a lot more because of it's location and you can bring a large group of friends here, as I did, and they can have the option to eat whatever they want. That's another plus. The vibe and atmosphere is great too... especially the upstairs bar lounge.

 

You may very well be right on the reason fro $28 pho (which is absurd), but the space/vibe/etc... doesn't come close to justifying the price tag. Hopefully Lyric market pans out better.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Triton    9,105
1 hour ago, Vy65 said:

 

doesn't come close to justifying the price tag.

 

I think that's a fair argument, really. It was a bit of a turn off for my fiance, but I still want to come back and try the other food.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A fair argument for sure. A lot of it does come down to location and convenience, but at the end of the day, the only way these food venues can do business is if customers value the food more than they value their money. Time will only tell how successful Finn is.

 

I'll have to swing by sometime this weekend and see for myself.  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Luminare    1,570
On 12/5/2018 at 11:31 AM, Vy65 said:

 

$14 for two tacos from Goode Company is outrageous. $7 for a slice of pepperoni from Mr. Nice Pie is outrageous. I had the tacos but not the pizza since the pizza oven was down. 

 

Compared to the Tacos a Go Go location downtown, Goode Co.'s prices were nearly double for an inferior product. 

 

It's not just those two stands either. $14 for a falafel sandwich during brunch (Oddball) or $13 for a grilled tofu bowl are also ridiculous. 

 

It's a couple of bucks and ultimately not a big deal if the food were good. But the food was average and the servings were far from abundant.   

 

It's comical that whenever someone airs some criticism, the immediate reaction is to flay them as though they were some pariah. I hate to break it to the posters here, but, predictably, the experience at a glorified mall food court really is just below-average. 

 

Its not that you are being called out for being critical, its that your criticism seems misplaced, and I would say bordering on arrogance. It just comes off as if you are the only client they need to please to be successful, or how dare they cater to a clientele/lifestyle that isn't your own, or how dare they price a taco when you know it should be priced by your subjective standard. I wonder if you went to a McDonald's and you would grade the place the same as a high end fancy restaurant. We also have no clue who you are or what the context was, etc... Not to mention you kind of have a rep of being a bit hyperbolic on this forum. Excuse people for maybe not taking you a bit seriously.

 

I don't know why you or some people are surprised. Just look at the interiors. Look at the building it is in and the locale. Notice the scarcity of options around it. Notice it's one of kind in some aspects. Look at the hipsterish names for each place. If it were a rattlesnake it would have bit you in the rear and stole your overpriced food at the same time! It was destined to be exactly what you are saying. My reaction to when I first read your post was "gee how perceptive of you. *sarcasm*" Its clearly catered to high-rise living downtown dwellers that have some bucks to throw around, or your in-town suburbanites looking to have a big night on the town. Its not trying to compete with areas around it. Instead its trying to compete with Uptown.

 

You might be right on the prices or the quality of the food (haven't been yet), but you are being a bit of a Captain Obvious with a slight bout of rage. Let people pay what they want to pay and let it play itself out or people will leave and it fails. I hope it doesn't though. I'm always on the side of more development, more new things, and in general more success for the city whether its for my lifestyle or others. 

Edited by Luminare

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Vy65    62

Sorry to hurt your feelings bro. I won’t mock the overpriced, underwhelming tacos at the glorified mall food court. You clearly need this so go ahead and die on that hill.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Luminare    1,570
37 minutes ago, Vy65 said:

Sorry to hurt your feelings bro. I won’t mock the overpriced, underwhelming tacos at the glorified mall food court. You clearly need this so go ahead and die on that hill.

 

At least the "overpriced, underwhelming tacos" have economic value and are in demand. As for you? I'm not so sure.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
H-Town Man    2,298

lol holy moly guys, let's get some holiday spirit and enjoy each other's company! No reason a forum for people who love architecture and their city needs to be so sinister...

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nate99    6,336

There are cheaper options out there to be sure, but not as many as there used to be. There are $11 grilled chicken salads for takeout in the tunnels. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
j_cuevas713    1,251

I get that everyone wishes the place was cheaper. The reality is that right next door there is a hotel with out of towners who will gladly pay that simply because of the experience. I went this past wknd and I honestly don't see this place slowing down. Not to mention that the other food halls being built are going to be really popular. Downtown has an energy about it now that it never had before. Pretty exciting. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
kbates2    818

Went again today during lunch.  Place was so packed it was hard to find room to stand.  I think that they will be fine.  It was awesome again btw.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nole23    1,386

I've been twice in the past week and went to Craft Burger and Sit Lo. The prices are a little higher as mentioned before but I love this place! I'll definitely be going back often. Excellent addition to downtown in a great location.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
UtterlyUrban    1,525

Went today.  Place was packed at 1 pm.  I liked it.  Good crowd.  Mostly 20-and-30-ish folks.  Good beer .  Good food.  Good crowd.  So far, a success, it seems.

On 12/13/2018 at 2:14 PM, Nate99 said:

There are cheaper options out there to be sure, but not as many as there used to be. There are $11 grilled chicken salads for takeout in the tunnels. 

True.

 

and even la Calle — the best joint in town - I think, may have raised prices a bit.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
UtterlyUrban    1,525
On 12/13/2018 at 3:59 PM, Nole23 said:

I've been twice in the past week and went to Craft Burger and Sit Lo. The prices are a little higher as mentioned before but I love this place! I'll definitely be going back often. Excellent addition to downtown in a great location.

Agreed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Luminare    1,570
On 12/13/2018 at 2:40 PM, j_cuevas713 said:

I get that everyone wishes the place was cheaper. The reality is that right next door there is a hotel with out of towners who will gladly pay that simply because of the experience. I went this past wknd and I honestly don't see this place slowing down. Not to mention that the other food halls being built are going to be really popular. Downtown has an energy about it now that it never had before. Pretty exciting. 

 

Definitely agree. I'm looking forward to stopping by at some point. I was on Main Street Friday night, and its amazing right now. It feels like a busy bustling city when I'm down there. Looking forward to more of downtown and other places getting this kind of activity.

Edited by Luminare

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
j_cuevas713    1,251
Just now, Luminare said:

 

Definitely agree. I'm looking forward to stopping by at some point. I was on Main Street Friday night, and its amazing right now. It feels like a busy bustling city when I'm down there. Looking forward to more of downtown and other places getting this kind of activity.

Hell yeah! And we aren't even close to downtown becoming what it needs to be. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Nole23    1,386
On 12/17/2018 at 1:07 PM, Luminare said:

 

Definitely agree. I'm looking forward to stopping by at some point. I was on Main Street Friday night, and its amazing right now. It feels like a busy bustling city when I'm down there. Looking forward to more of downtown and other places getting this kind of activity.

Yea downtown is amazing right now. Took a date to the Nutcracker on Friday and there were tons of people walking around the theater district and then we ventured over to a few bars on Main street and it was packed as well. Downtown is definitely moving in the right direction. Exciting times.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now