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The Galleria is slowly picking up an impressive resume of good food spots. It was not like that before, at least to my taste buds. Musaafer, fig and olive, Nobu (can be hit or miss), and Peli Peli/Mozambique are places I enjoy quite a bit (love the bar space in Peli/Mozam) and I think Del Friscos makes a very consistently good steak. I have not been to Joey but I hear its real good, especially for lunch. "The Galleria as a potential food destination for hometown Houstonians" was not on my bingo card.

The ol' galleria has come a long way from reverse happy hours at Kona Grill causing people to pick up domestic violence and assault charges. I was there for one or two of those rando fights, and I'll never forget the waitress telling us the reason their drink menu changed compared to the other locations (all they had towards the end of their run was beer and wine) was that people got too drunk 😂

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Mozambique is gone now...it closed a month or so after opening... also worth noting, The Potbelly Sandwich place on the south side of the skate rink still has not reopened and the Yong Kang next door now seems to be closed too! 

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6 hours ago, gene said:

Hopefully the old Kona Grill spot since that is an abandoned eye sore from the outside and the inside...

 

That's a good guess. I didn't realize the space remains vacant.

 

 

1 hour ago, gene said:

Mozambique is gone now...it closed a month or so after opening... also worth noting, The Potbelly Sandwich place on the south side of the skate rink still has not reopened and the Yong Kang next door now seems to be closed too! 

 

I forgot about Mozambique's closure. That's a good guess too. But that's a big space and dining rooms are trending smaller these days.

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@gene I wonder if C3 and Simon Properties have plans for a food hall at the Galleria too?

The company debuted Citizens Kitchen in New York and another is coming to Simon Properties' Phipps Plaza in Atlanta. Casi Dani is also opening in Atlanta's Phipps Plaza. So, I wonder if Simon Properties has a Citizens Kitchen planned for Houston since Casi Dani is most likely opening at the Galleria.

 

Some background from an article last year about a C3's partnership with Brookfield Properties and Simon Properties:

 

Food and beverage platform C3 will open two outposts of the lifestyle food hall Citizens in New York City and Atlanta this year and next.

A 40,000 square foot Citizens will open in New York City at Brookfield Properties Manhattan West this summer, and a 24,000 square foot location will open in Atlanta at Simon Property Group’s Phipps Plaza in 2022. Additional locations will open thereafter in Seattle, Miami, and California.

 

More details are in the link below:

https://www.globest.com/2021/05/12/c3-to-launch-food-halls-in-nyc-atlanta-at-brookfield-simon-property-locations/?slreturn=20220107180237

 

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I wonder if Casa Dani is taking over the space for Joey Uptown!? I just saw a JoeyUptown instagram post saying they are MOVING! It doesn't give any details...but wowsa they didn't last long at that location! 

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1 hour ago, gene said:

I wonder if Casa Dani is taking over the space for Joey Uptown!? I just saw a JoeyUptown instagram post saying they are MOVING! It doesn't give any details...but wowsa they didn't last long at that location! 

Wow!

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3 hours ago, kennyc05 said:

Wow!

Haha I almost feel like they saw my post or someone alerted them to it! There is now a new post that says they are moving their PAGE!!! They took down the post from earlier saying they are MOVING and put up a new post at 820pm tonight saying they are moving their page… ?! very strange 

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25 minutes ago, gene said:

Haha I almost feel like they saw my post or someone alerted them to it! There is now a new post that says they are moving their PAGE!!! They took down the post from earlier saying they are MOVING and put up a new post at 820pm tonight saying they are moving their page… ?! very strange 

If I'm being honest I called and they seemed confused but they said they weren't moving. That wouldn't make any sense lol

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21 minutes ago, kennyc05 said:

If I'm being honest I called and they seemed confused but they said they weren't moving. That wouldn't make any sense lol

Haha exactly and they DID realize how dumb their original post was!!! They posted this just now on their story after they posted the new post: 

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1 minute ago, gene said:

Haha exactly and they DID realize how dumb their original post was!!! They posted this just now on their story after they posted the new post: 

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Man that is funny as hell!!!!! 😂

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On 2/7/2022 at 7:17 AM, IntheKnowHouston said:

Michelin-starred chef Dani Garcia is opening a restaurant in the Galleria. He's bringing Casa Dani to Houston. The Spanish-Mediterranean restaurant debuted in New York in December.

Garcia partnered with C3, the delivery-focused concept creative branch and food hall curator of SBE. SBE is the hospitality company behind hotels like Hyde and Mondrian. Katsuya and Citizens Kitchen are a few of their restaurant and food hall concepts. The partnership includes Simon which owns the Galleria and a few others.

From what I gathered in a 2020 press release, C3 has plans to expand Casa Dani to 15 locations nationwide. I assume the brick-and-mortar restaurants will be located in several Simon-owned malls.

In December, an entity was filed for Casa Dani's Houston location. It's tied to SBE Restaurant Group, according to the filing submitted.

I haven't been to the Galleria since Shake Shack opened. So, any ideas where this may land in the Galleria?

 

 

On 2/7/2022 at 9:58 AM, gene said:

Hopefully the old Kona Grill spot since that is an abandoned eye sore from the outside and the inside...

 

Casa Dani, the Spanish and Mediterranean restaurant from chef Dani Garcia, may be located next to Nobu in the Galleria.

A couple of articles published last year by publications in Spain reported the Houston expansion (I missed this earlier. Sorry.)

 

From a July 2021 article:

 

"However, Dani García's culinary adventures do not end in Ibiza. After his debut in Ibiza; London, New York, Miami and Houston are the new openings he is planning for this autumn...And as if that were not enough, he reveals that Casa Dani in Houston will open in six months and will be next to Nobu."

https://www.eatinginibiza.com/de/nachrichten/456-dani-garcia-from-ibiza-to-conquer-the-world

 

And another from last summer:

"Hardly anyone knows it, but Casa Dani in Houston, which will open in six months, will be glued to Nobu."

https://www.que.es/2021/07/13/dani-garcia-aperturas-internacionales/

 

So, the previous estimated timeline was early 2022. Maybe Casa Dani will open its Houston location in the fall or by the end of the year.

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On 7/27/2021 at 11:08 PM, asubrt said:

Are we sure this is Blue Nile the Ethiopian restaurant and not Blue Nile the diamond company? Maybe I missed it and it said restaurant somewhere, but the jewelry store would seem to make a lot more sense for the Galleria.

Signage is up for the buildout for Blue Nile the jewelry store (not the Ethiopian restaurant). It's going in one of the corner spots by the main elevators in the center of the Galleria; I believe it was the old Dior space before they moved to River Oaks District, but I'm not positive.

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On 4/4/2022 at 12:45 PM, asubrt said:

Signage is up for the buildout for Blue Nile the jewelry store (not the Ethiopian restaurant). It's going in one of the corner spots by the main elevators in the center of the Galleria; I believe it was the old Dior space before they moved to River Oaks District, but I'm not positive.

I don't think they're in any hurry. The last time i was at the Galleria was for the Christmas event around Thanksgiving, and the signage was up way back then. 

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17 hours ago, Big E said:

Maybe its moving to the River Oaks District?

I doubt it, RO district has been losing top brands lately. Prada is present in other Simon owned properties so I doubt they would leave for an a small independent center that's trending downward.

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3 hours ago, gene said:

It's trying to be what it would be like if Starbucks and the Apple store married and had a bank

I used to visit a similar place, and it's OK.  Not bad.  Useful, more than anything.  And since it was tied to a financial institution, it had a larger number of day traders, and a smaller number of homeless people than the average Starbucks.

The one I used to go to was tied to a bank called Orange, which I think was based in The Netherlands. 

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On 7/16/2022 at 9:01 AM, Amlaham said:

So interesting to see what happens when these luxury brands have to make a choice between Houston and Dallas.  Dallas also has Goyard and Jonathan Adler.  I'm sure there are brands that Houston has that Dallas doesn't, but I'm not qualified to say which.

I know someone who was tangentially involved with a French brand's decision-making process for opening a location in the United States.  New York and LA were no-brainers.  But the new choice was between Chicago, Miami, and Texas.  It went with Texas because Texas was least impacted by post-Floyd rioting. 

Hopefully Houston never gets a Jonathan Adler store, or my wife is going to make us miss our rent.

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14 hours ago, editor said:

So interesting to see what happens when these luxury brands have to make a choice between Houston and Dallas.  Dallas also has Goyard and Jonathan Adler.  I'm sure there are brands that Houston has that Dallas doesn't, but I'm not qualified to say which.

I know someone who was tangentially involved with a French brand's decision-making process for opening a location in the United States.  New York and LA were no-brainers.  But the new choice was between Chicago, Miami, and Texas.  It went with Texas because Texas was least impacted by post-Floyd rioting. 

Hopefully Houston never gets a Jonathan Adler store, or my wife is going to make us miss our rent.

Interesting...I wonder how much the recent crime waves/riots in certain parts of the country are affecting corporate decisions like this.

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in major developments, the Burger King in the food court opened this week 🤪... haha

from what i understand, Sugar Factory Express will be opening in late October/early November...we shall see! 

"National dessert chain Sugar Factory will launch its quick-service “express” outpost at 5015 Westheimer Road in the Galleria area early this fall. Marking its second location in Texas, the celebrity-endorsed restaurant will offer its combo of “sweets, treats, and eats,” including smoking goblets and colorful, over-the-top dessert concoctions."

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Neiman's is getting remodeled, looks like its only interior though. It honestly needs a very thorough remodel, the store is very outdated, especially for one of their highest performing store in the nation.

Fun fact: our Saks store is the highest performing Saks in the nation (outside of NYC's store) and I believe our Neiman's is either number 1 or 2 in the nation. 

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New York City bakery Lady M is opening an outpost in Houston, according to a filing a few weeks ago with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. It will be located in the Galleria at 5085 Westheimer Rd in a 911 sq ft space.

Lady M specializes in Japanese mille crepe cakes. The bakery has hosted several pop-ups at the Galleria over the years.


https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Print/TABS2023001875

https://www.ladym.com/

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4 hours ago, IntheKnowHouston said:

New York City bakery Lady M is opening an outpost in Houston, according to a filing a few weeks ago with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. It will be located in the Galleria at 5085 Westheimer Rd in a 911 sq ft space.

Lady M specializes in Japanese mille crepe cakes. The bakery has hosted several pop-ups at the Galleria over the years.


https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Print/TABS2023001875

https://www.ladym.com/

Interesting location, I feel like it would make more sense if the bakery was located outside the mall. I can't imagine people going to the galleria mall for a bakery, but I guess they know what they're doing 🤷‍♂️

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you know for the longest time i have been talking to the people over at Common Bond and told them they should take over the old Kona Grill location that way they could service the mall but also have a cool walk up there for those walking by or taking the bus etc... i thought it was a smart idea but they kept telling me they were looking at other uptown locations...

anyway, i think the old Kona Grill is a perfect spot for something like CB or similar...hopefully that space gets filled soon as it's an eyesore seeing that space and the outdoor patio empty. 

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21 hours ago, Amlaham said:

Interesting location, I feel like it would make more sense if the bakery was located outside the mall. I can't imagine people going to the galleria mall for a bakery, but I guess they know what they're doing 🤷‍♂️


I agree. When I noticed the entity filing for Lady M Texas in the spring, since it was tied to the entity for its sister company Royce' (chocolate shop) in Asiatown, I thought maybe Lady M was considering a location in that area.

But on the other hand, the Galleria makes some sense. Lady M hosted lots of pop-ups there for several years, so it's possible the company thinks being located there is the right move. 

 

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I really want businesses to stop trying to get me out to the Galleria. Open a location inside the loop first (or Asiatown, GOOF, or even Long Point/Koreatown if you have to be outside the loop), then the Galleria if absolutely necessary. 

This is very inconvenient for me personally and I don't know why they're not considering that.

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update on Sugar Factory Express in that there is no update...something has definitely happened to slow down progress as i was able to see through the construction door and it looks like little to no work has been done AT ALL! craziness...

also what in the heck is going on next door with Pot Belly Sandwiches always having that sign that says Temporarily Closed for the past year or so?

 

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New York City bakery Lady M opened a pop-up store in the Galleria recently. The company announced the news earlier this week.

Lady M is also opening a permanent Houston location in the Galleria next year.


"Houston, we’ve landed! Our newest pop-up is officially open at The Houston Galleria near the ice skating rink!"


https://www.instagram.com/p/ClHdfA1OcaX/

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On 10/10/2022 at 6:34 AM, IntheKnowHouston said:

New York City bakery Lady M is opening an outpost in Houston, according to a filing a few weeks ago with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. It will be located in the Galleria at 5085 Westheimer Rd in a 911 sq ft space.

Lady M specializes in Japanese mille crepe cakes. The bakery has hosted several pop-ups at the Galleria over the years.


https://www.tdlr.texas.gov/TABS/Search/Print/TABS2023001875

https://www.ladym.com/



Houston Chronicle finally reports on the Lady M Houston retail location opening in the Galleria next year. The New York City bakery specializes in Japanese mille crepe cakes.

The article is light on the details. No additional information about the store or projected opening are included in yesterday's article.


https://www.houstonchronicle.com/food-culture/article/lady-m-houston-opening-pop-up-17604717.php


 

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Just a heads up- I went to park in the parking garage off hildago at galleria the Saturday before Thanksgiving. yes a kazillion other people had same idea. I guess it must have been years since I did something like that because I don't remember the 47 minutes it took to exit that garage from 4 th floor.

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We did some Black Friday shopping there and we parked at the transit center and took the BRT. The parking situation was out of control at the mall. We timed it really well and didn’t have to wait too long. It was cold and rainy but it worked out nicely

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