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I wouldn't go so far as to call it "amazing," but it's certainly fun. If you're the sort of person who can't stand crowds then you just have to go at an off-time, usually 11am or 2-4pm are the best times in my experience.

If you're the sort of person who harshes on Disney because you think it's cool to hate, then the Rainforest Cafe isn't for you (I'm not saying you're that kind of person, but there are plenty of those kinds of people on HAIF and even in this thread).

You just have to relax and enjoy the experience. Use the same willful suspension of disbelief you use in the movie theaters and enjoy the moving decor and the artificial rain storms.

More importantly, there aren't many places that will serve you food with dry ice bubbling up or sparklers sticking out of it. So it's different at least for that.

Well, now I can't wait for it to open. Never been much interested in it before. ;-)

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Had to Google it since I've never heard of "Rainforest Cafe" before this thread. I suspected super cheesy theme experience, but now I'm thinking this is the most bizarre restaurant concept I've ever heard of. The very idea that a child-free adult would set foot in a place like this is creepy to me. Except I guess Father Ted.

It sounded suspiciously like the handiwork of Tilman Fertitta, and lo, I was not disappointed.

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Had to Google it since I've never heard of "Rainforest Cafe" before this thread. I suspected super cheesy theme experience, but now I'm thinking this is the most bizarre restaurant concept I've ever heard of. The very idea that a child-free adult would set foot in a place like this is creepy to me. Except I guess Father Ted.

I always feel bad for people with attitudes like this. -_- Glad I am not like that. :D

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overrated/average/not worth a wait. is it still one of tilman's chains? if so, i dislike it even more.

it may be good for the galleria though. in that case hoorah.

It is currently a Landry's property, but wasn't always. It was founded elsewhere. I think Landry's bought the chain in the last ten years.

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It was started in Minneapolis around 1994 by a guy named Steven Schussler - his main investor was Lyle Berman, a casino magnate and the first restaurant was developed for one of his casinos, and then one opened in the Mall of America...

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It was started in Minneapolis around 1994 by a guy named Steven Schussler - his main investor was Lyle Berman, a casino magnate and the first restaurant was developed for one of his casinos, and then one opened in the Mall of America...

I've been to the one at the Mall of America, and the one in Chicago, and the one in Galveston. Galveston was the best, and the only one with a ride.

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It was started in Minneapolis around 1994 by a guy named Steven Schussler - his main investor was Lyle Berman, a casino magnate and the first restaurant was developed for one of his casinos, and then one opened in the Mall of America...

I think you slightly misread the story. As I understand it, Berman hired Schussler to develop a restaurant (not Rain Forest Cafe) for his casino(s). While working with Grand Casinos, Schussler gained some other backers and got a favorable lease with the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. That was enough to bring Berman aboard as an investor. They opened the first Rain Forest Cafe in the Mall of America. (October 1994)

The second one opened in Woodfield Mall one year later. (Interesting that the first two (and I think the third) were in malls.)

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^Seems right - I was reading the history from Funding Universe (didn't specify what the restaurant for the casino was):

Schussler pitched the concept to stream of potential investors, including Lyle Berman, a successful casino developer and former leather retailer. Although he repeatedly declined to invest, Berman eventually hired Schussler to develop a restaurant for Grand Casinos, Inc. Backers gained during his work with Grand Casinos plus a favorable lease with the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, finally brought Berman aboard.

The Rainforest Cafe was incorporated in February 1994; Berman led the private stock placement that allowed Schussler to bring his dream into reality. The doors opened for business in October 1994. Within a week the wait for a table was as much as three hours.

http://www.fundinguniverse.com/company-his...ny-History.html

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Had to Google it since I've never heard of "Rainforest Cafe" before this thread. I suspected super cheesy theme experience, but now I'm thinking this is the most bizarre restaurant concept I've ever heard of. The very idea that a child-free adult would set foot in a place like this is creepy to me. Except I guess Father Ted.

It sounded suspiciously like the handiwork of Tilman Fertitta, and lo, I was not disappointed.

1) I find it difficult to believe that you've never heard of the "Rainforest Cafe" as it has been very popular for at least a decade.

2) You are of course entitled to your opinion, but don't hate on the restaurant like it's crap just because it's not your style.

I don't understand why some people have to go off on certain products as if they're holier than thou. I'm sure there are people everywhere who would think your favorite product or restaurant is crap, but they don't feel the need to tell you all the time. Odd.

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1) I find it difficult to believe that you've never heard of the "Rainforest Cafe" as it has been very popular for at least a decade.

I don't. The only reason I've heard of it before is because an ex-girlfriend dragged me to one a long time ago. It isn't "very popular" with anyone I currently know.

2) You are of course entitled to your opinion, but don't hate on the restaurant like it's crap just because it's not your style.

I don't understand why some people have to go off on certain products as if they're holier than thou. I'm sure there are people everywhere who would think your favorite product or restaurant is crap, but they don't feel the need to tell you all the time. Odd.

Welcome to the wonderful world of internet fora, where everyone has an opinion and no one is afraid to share. I see you've mastered sharing your own opinions, now sit back and enjoy the opinions of others!

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1) I find it difficult to believe that you've never heard of the "Rainforest Cafe" as it has been very popular for at least a decade.

2) You are of course entitled to your opinion, but don't hate on the restaurant like it's crap just because it's not your style.

I don't understand why some people have to go off on certain products as if they're holier than thou. I'm sure there are people everywhere who would think your favorite product or restaurant is crap, but they don't feel the need to tell you all the time. Odd.

I would have also never known about the Rainforest Cafe unless I took that freak trip to the mall or happened to take that quick cut through the MGM Grand...

And everyone is entitled to his/her opinions, which includes feeling like the restaurant is a piece of crap.

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And everyone is entitled to his/her opinions, which includes feeling like the restaurant is a piece of crap.

That's what I said in #2. Thanks for the support.

Welcome to the wonderful world of internet fora, where everyone has an opinion and no one is afraid to share. I see you've mastered sharing your own opinions, now sit back and enjoy the opinions of others!

You're right, everyone is ruder online. I try not to be by respecting others opinions and not mocking them.

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there are quite a few things that people claim are wonderful but are lame.

And vice versa.

You're right, everyone is ruder online. I try not to be by respecting others opinions and not mocking them.

Thank you for your effort. If only more people would make the effort the internet would be a better place.

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If you don't try it, how do you know it's bad? I don't understand why there seems to be so much closed-mindedness over something so harmless as a theme restaurant.

Perhaps some of us have a different opinion about theme restaurants than you do. I don't have to touch every hot stove to know it will burn me. Some folks like that burning sensation, others don't. I don't consider either group "closed minded".

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Perhaps some of us have a different opinion about theme restaurants than you do. I don't have to touch every hot stove to know it will burn me. Some folks like that burning sensation, others don't. I don't consider either group "closed minded".

False dichotomy. A stove is not a restaurant. Trying a restaurant will not hurt you. FAIL.

I'm not saying everyone should love the Rainforest Cafe, or any other restaurant. I'm just surprised by the number of comments along the lines of "I've never been there and I hate it."

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False dichotomy. A stove is not a restaurant. Trying a restaurant will not hurt you. FAIL.

Not a dichotomy; an analogy. Comprehension FAIL. Civil FAIL.

I'm not saying everyone should love the Rainforest Cafe, or any other restaurant. I'm just surprised by the number of comments along the lines of "I've never been there and I hate it."

Really? You're just surprised? You seem annoyed that some folks have an aversion to theme restaurants.

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Here's that "holier than thou" I was talking about above.

Exactly. If someone never sets foot in a place, how do they know it's bad?

Just because a restaurant is a theme restaurant doesn't mean the food is bad. In fact, Cafe Discovery (kind of like a Discovery Channel themed restaurant) used to always win prizes at the Taste of Cincinnati and in regional competitions.

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Exactly. If someone never sets foot in a place, how do they know it's bad?

Just because a restaurant is a theme restaurant doesn't mean the food is bad. In fact, Cafe Discovery (kind of like a Discovery Channel themed restaurant) used to always win prizes at the Taste of Cincinnati and in regional competitions.

A theme restaurant is not necessarily bad, but it is always overpriced, because you're paying for the "experience" not just the food.

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A theme restaurant is not necessarily bad, but it is always overpriced, because you're paying for the "experience" not just the food.

Very good point. But then you pay for the experience at any restaurant, whether it's an extra 59 cents at Whataburger or an extra $30 at a fine French restaurant.

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Exactly. If someone never sets foot in a place, how do they know it's bad?

Just because a restaurant is a theme restaurant doesn't mean the food is bad. In fact, Cafe Discovery (kind of like a Discovery Channel themed restaurant) used to always win prizes at the Taste of Cincinnati and in regional competitions.

Perhaps I should have elaborated that I have been there. I did not like it one bit. I went to the I-10 Silber location. Horrifying. The waitstaff had no idea what I was talking about... "Mushroom burger with cheese...". ugh.

No thanks. I've paid upwards of $1400 for dinner and this place BY NO MEANS impressed me in the least. Too noisy... If I wanted music there would be one of Bach's cello suites in the background... not some random white noise... ugh!

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Perhaps I should have elaborated that I have been there. I did not like it one bit. I went to the I-10 Silber location. Horrifying. The waitstaff had no idea what I was talking about... "Mushroom burger with cheese...". ugh.

That's great. I give your thumb's down a lot more credence than many of the others here because you actually tried the place. Nothing wrong with hating it, you and I will just have to disagree on this restaurant choice.

What at whatabuger costs $0.59?

None. I said that you pay an extra 59

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Perhaps I should have elaborated that I have been there. I did not like it one bit. I went to the I-10 Silber location. Horrifying. The waitstaff had no idea what I was talking about... "Mushroom burger with cheese...". ugh.

Rain Forest Cafe at I-10 & Silber? I don't think so. The first Rain Forest in the Houston area was at Katy Mills. The second was in Galveston. The third will be at The Galleria. Pretty sure there have never been any others.

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Rain Forest Cafe at I-10 & Silber? I don't think so. The first Rain Forest in the Houston area was at Katy Mills. The second was in Galveston. The third will be at The Galleria. Pretty sure there have never been any others.

The list of current and former Rainforest Cafe locations on Wikipedia agrees with you.

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Rain Forest Cafe at I-10 & Silber? I don't think so. The first Rain Forest in the Houston area was at Katy Mills. The second was in Galveston. The third will be at The Galleria. Pretty sure there have never been any others.

Negative. There used to be one in the marquis plaza thing there on I-10 and whatever it is now... A long time ago.

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Negative. There used to be one in the marquis plaza thing there on I-10 and whatever it is now... A long time ago.

You must be thinking of Jillian's which is now a Dave & Buster's.

Perhaps Red Robin, both start with R's I can see the mistake.

I have been to the one at Katy Mills, twice. I will always give a restaurant a second chance.

Tiger, I think you mean San Antonio Riverwalk.

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You must be thinking of Jillian's which is now a Dave & Buster's.

Perhaps Red Robin, both start with R's I can see the mistake.

I have been to the one at Katy Mills, twice. I will always give a restaurant a second chance.

Tiger, I think you mean San Antonio Riverwalk.

Nope. I've been to RR. This was across the walkway from the old Cafe Adobe and the movie theater there.

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Negative. There used to be one in the marquis plaza thing there on I-10 and whatever it is now... A long time ago.

huh, you are kidding me right? :unsure:

Nope. I've been to RR. This was across the walkway from the old Cafe Adobe and the movie theater there.

I've been at the Marq*E Center when it first opened, and Vann's Skate Park was still around.

There was NEVER ever a Rain Forest Caf

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