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I usually do this every once in a while on a Friday but I had a question about one of these so I decided to just do a full report.

1. Both Nestle's Tollhouse and Ben & Jerry's are working towards opeing up locations on the northern end of DT. Ben & Jerry's seems to be further along, as I now see evidence of furniture being moved in. The Nestle's location has work going on but they have the walls covered in construction paper, making it difficult to see what's actually going in.

2. Morton's Steakhouse at 1001 McKinney. No work yet but people I've talked to inside the building say that they're expecting the restaurant to be up and running by November.

3. A new club/restaurant? A marquee with the word "VENUE" in pretty prominent letters is displayed on the overhang in front of a long vacant retail parcel between The Vault and Mantra. I'm assuming this is another club but it could be a restaurant I suppose. Houston Retail or one of our other crack retail specialists will need to give us more info.

4. The Teahouse. This is one slow opening. The work continues on the parcel but they don't seem to be in a big hurry from what I can tell. They've been working on the unit for about eight months now.

5. They've pretty much successfully rehabilitead the soil where the new DT firestation will be (Pierce, Louisiana, Milam and St. Joseph's). I expect to see cranes and that sort of thing in a couple of months.

6. I've not noticed any new work on the Montagu Hotel but the corner does seem a lot cleaner than a year ago. What would help that corner even more is if the convenience store located next door would invest in a sidewalk scruber and maybe clean the widows. Etc, etc. Anyway, maybe Wyatt Earp can swing by soon and tell us how things are going.

7. Finally, this is more of a question, but does anyone know what happened with Stallone's? Did management have a beef with the owners of the Commerce Tower? Did the lease fall through? It's really weird. They've been closed for months and yet all the furniture and equipment remains. They seem to be doing smashingly well during the three or so months they were open (and the lady who owned the place--name escapes me, unfortunately--really seem to know what she was doing). Just curious as to what happened. Anyone know?

Oh, and I still miss Firehouse Philly. That place had incredible cheesesteaks. :)

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The Ben and Jerry's does seem to be coming along nicely--albeit rather slow. Also, the Nestle's recently put that construction paper up maybe a week or two ago--until then, I was getting a little concerned because it looked like nothing was happening. I don't know if the fact that they put up paper is encouraging, but they at least put up the paper without taking down the Nestle's signs--I am glad about that.

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I usually do this every once in a while on a Friday but I had a question about one of these so I decided to just do a full report.

3. A new club/restaurant? A marquee with the word "VENUE" in pretty prominent letters is displayed on the overhang in front of a long vacant retail parcel between The Vault and Mantra. I'm assuming this is another club but it could be a restaurant I suppose. Houston Retail or one of our other crack retail specialists will need to give us more info.

Venue is a new club - I went last Friday. It actually is pretty big inside, I think it used to be a bank, it has the huge arched ceiling and two long rows of bars where I'm sure the tellers used to be. It was a "private" opening, but I liked it on that night. Who knows if it will remain the same now that it is fully open, but I thought it had high potential and I'm not a club guy. Huge stage in front as well with a live band that night, really can handle a lot of different crowds. They even had dancers come out every so often. We'll see if it lasts.

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Oh, and I still miss Firehouse Philly. That place had incredible cheesesteaks. :)

May freinds and I were talking Firehouse Philly's just last week. RedSacre used to be one of the owners of that place - he may be able to give us the scoop. At one time a heard they may open one up in the Heights, but that was a long time ago. I've been to quite a few cheasesteak places since and nothing compares.

Oh, Ben & Jerry's is open now. Very friendly staff and good ice cream.

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May freinds and I were talking Firehouse Philly's just last week. RedSacre used to be one of the owners of that place - he may be able to give us the scoop. At one time a heard they may open one up in the Heights, but that was a long time ago. I've been to quite a few cheasesteak places since and nothing compares.

Oh, Ben & Jerry's is open now. Very friendly staff and good ice cream.

Appreciate the props. :blush:

I'm still in the hunt. Meeting with some people this Saturday to discuss some ideas and look at some locations. Probably not in Downtown. More likely in the Washington Ave/Heights area. Damn, rents are going up around here!

Can't release too many details. Don't want to give anything away. ;)

If I do something with a kitchen, I promise the return of the Cheesesteak!

i second that. i wonder what it would take to convince them to reopen...

Money, mostly. :lol:

I hear Dimassi's is opening a mediterranean buffet, similar to the other two, somwhere along the northern section of Travis. I think it will be just north of Market Square. Great Med food!

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I hear Dimassi's is opening a mediterranean buffet, similar to the other two, somwhere along the northern section of Travis. I think it will be just north of Market Square. Great Med food!

It is. Maybe in the old Travis Cafe space?

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Appreciate the props. :blush:

I'm still in the hunt. Meeting with some people this Saturday to discuss some ideas and look at some locations. Probably not in Downtown. More likely in the Washington Ave/Heights area. Damn, rents are going up around here!

as long as its open late and a $5 cab ride from downtown i'll be happy!

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2. Morton's Steakhouse at 1001 McKinney. No work yet but people I've talked to inside the building say that they're expecting the restaurant to be up and running by November.

It's a go. The wall is up. The entrance to Fannin will be closed, but you can still hit the tunnel.

Love this building! Check out the bees in the door etchings.

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What is the deal with Mercury Room? We went this past weekend...and boy did it SUCK. There was hardly no one downstairs...on a Saturday night ...at 1:00am. Not too long ago, the place used to have a lot of people down there. The band was good, but at most there were 12 down there, including the 4 of us!!

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Yeah and that Ben & Jerry's at the Rice opened yesterday. Obvious probably to the Downtownn employees on HAIF who saw the long lline for free ice cream on Texas Avenue.

Actually they've been open for at least a month now, maybe a little longer (at least it feels that way). Yesterday was the official "grand opening". What most people don't know is that on the day it opened, everything, I mean EVERYTHING on the menu was only $1. Cookie-cookie sundae anyone?? ^_^^_^^_^

As a side note, anyone seen the Chronicle story on this location? It is a very good thing that they're doing through HoustonWorks (I think that's the organization's name).

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More good news...

According to Globe St., Targa Resources just signed an 11 year lease for 101,600 square feet in Wells Fargo Plaza.

Targa had been subleasing some of this space from Dynegy, but this is great news for downtown in general, and Wells Fargo in particular considering many have worried about Dynegy floating lots of space back on the market when their lease there expires in 2 years.

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Hiccups Bar on Grill has opened on Main St. (next to St. Pete's). I haven't had the chance to check it out yet, but I will soon.

Yes, and they have $10 steak Wednesdays for those interested.

Also, another place will open soon called the Cotton Exchange (I think). A bar with WiFi access and I think some food items.

Also, a Seattle's Best Coffee will open--but I can't remember if it is part of the Cotton Exchange development or not.

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What about the newish "take away" place on Franklin and Main?

Can't remember the exact name but it's "healthy take-away".

It's next to the coffee place.

Cotton Exchange has already re-opened. This was around a few years ago, but closed, and now has since remodeled some and back in operation. It will also house Seattles Best Coffee in a few weeks (possibly already) and then be open during the day as well.

the place on Franklin and main I remember being mentioned in the Chronicle once, but don't remember that the name was either. I'm gald you mentioned the cross streets because I remember reading about it, but then not remembering where it was located. I'll have to check it out.

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I may be late, but looks like a Nestle Tollhouse Cafe is opening up on the SW corner of Main at Capitol and some sub shop. Anyone remember the name?

Ya know where Logan's use to sit.

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Also has anyone tried that Hiccups place?

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Well Tipping Point is finally open. Went there this afternoon to pick up some sneakers. It is a very nice store and they made the most out of the small sapce they have. Very minimalistic interior design inside almost like a musuem space complete with a lowrider bike in the middle of the store. I thought they were kind of brave for opening so far from the Pavilions opening date but the guy working there said he believes he will benefit with more items coming in. Prices are very good for a small business.

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Well Tipping Point is finally open. Went there this afternoon to pick up some sneakers. It is a very nice store and they made the most out of the small sapce they have. Very minimalistic interior design inside almost like a musuem space complete with a lowrider bike in the middle of the store. I thought they were kind of brave for opening so far from the Pavilions opening date but the guy working there said he believes he will benefit with more items coming in. Prices are very good for a small business.

Awsome. I went by to check it out a few weeks back after I read about them having their "grand opening" and they still weren't open... weird. ha ha I'll have to stop by now and check them out .

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