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  1. Lobster-obsessed restaurant serving rolls, ceviche, and more opens on Allen Parkway Allen Parkway’s new mixed-use development welcomes its third restaurant this weekend. MF Lobster & Ceviche opens this Friday, February 16 at Autry Park(3711 Autry Park Dr.). Chris “Magic Fingers” Kinjo, chef and owner of the Museum District’s acclaimed MF Sushi, worked with his longtime collaborator chef Miguel Alvarez to develop MF Lobster & Ceviche. As its name implies, the crustacean is at the heart of the menu’s offerings. Not that this publication would ever make an incredibly dated reference to Forrest Gump, but this restaurant serves lobster in a whole bunch of different ways. They include lobster tacos, lobster grilled cheese, lobster mac & cheese, lobster bisque, linguine with lobster, and grilled or steamed whole lobster. Lobster rolls come in two forms — a traditional, Maine-style roll served in a split-top bun and a brown butter lobster bao. Kinjo will also served other New England-style dishes such as clam chowder, steamed mussels, and sides that include corn on the cob, house made chips, and coleslaw. The restaurant’s ceviche and sashimi will use the same Japanese fish purveyors that supply MF Sushi. Look for dishes built around tuna, madai, salmon, halibut, and more. Pairing options include 20 house cocktails, a selection of Japanese whisky, and wine. “My vision of this restaurant is to provide a casual and fun atmosphere for diners, but with substance and quality,” Kinjo said in a statement. “We’re excited to welcome the community to Autry Park for a new type of dining experience from our team. I’ve always done high-intensity restaurants, but this one is more laid back, with simple and familiar dishes. This is a place where customers can come and enjoy the park and feel comfortable while enjoying a high-quality meal and drink." As part of that casual atmosphere, the restaurant will not take reservations. Instead, diners will be able to sign up for the restaurant’s waitlist via OpenTable. Initially, the restaurant will be open for dinner nightly beginning at 5:30 pm. Lunch service will be announced soon. MF Lobster’s setting is as distinctive as its food. Designed by the Michael Hsu Office of Architecture (Uchi, Da Gama, il Bracco, etc.), the 2,200-square-foot space is touted as Houston’s only completely round restaurant. It seats 65 people inside with room for an additional 60 on a dog-friendly patio. Details include blue tile floors, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a 15-foot, tree-shaped steel sculpture that references the development’s oak trees. The new restaurant joins Annabelle Brasserie, a French restaurant from Berg Hospitality, and globally-inspired Auden as restaurants at Autry Park. Over the next few months, they’ll be joined by Turner’s Cut, a luxurious steakhouse from Berg Hospitality; Doko and Bar Doko, a sushi restaurant and cocktail bar from the hospitality group behind Handies Douzo and CultureMap Tastemaker Awards Best New Restaurant winner Aiko; Austin’s Lick Honest Ice Creams; and Annam, Kinjo’s Vietnamese restaurant that will be MF Lobster’s sister concept on the property. Developed by local real estate firms Lionstone Investments, Rebees, and Hanover Company, Autry Park occupies 14-acres on the western edge of Buffalo Bayou Park. The project's three-phase masterplan includes five towers encompassing 1,450 residential units, 350,000 square-feet of Class A office space, and 100,000 square-feet of retail. https://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/mf-lobster-ceviche-restaurant-autry-park-open/
  2. Without a doubt and would be happy with either, but boutique hotel makes a lot more sense + better for this area imo.
  3. This NEEDS to be a hotel, hopefully the eventual buyer makes it happen.
  4. What a great vantage of downtown. This is going to be an incredible cultural center, I can't wait to walk through this and the outdoor area. It begs the question of how quickly the area around here will develop after this is in full operation? If this draws hundreds of thousands of people (including many domestic and international visitors) each year, we must assume more may come on the drawing board in the immediate vicinity, right? The impact that Autry Park, The Allen, and SCI Redevelopment will have along Allen Parkway is discussed often, but not a lot about a world class cultural institution likely to draw thousands of people to the area.
  5. I think this will lease exceptionally well. This would be an awesome trend in West Houston, the demand for office space in the Energy Corridor is nuts.
  6. Was in Autry Park over the lunch hour. Noticed City Boots is going in next to MF, according to their instagram they are opening February 16th. Surprised Autry Park hasn't done any PR on this or has anything on their pages, but looks like a cool retail concept and love that both circular pods are leased and will be open in the next few weeks. Also there was signage up for 'COMA' in the space nextdoor to Turner's Cut. Looked like more of a workplace, but unclear what the business is. https://cityboots.com/
  7. Behind a paywall, but looks like this has broken ground per HBJ: Mimosa Terrace condo project, years in the making, breaks ground near River Oaks https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2024/02/05/mimosa-terrace-breaks-ground.html
  8. With the Office foundation permit posting last Friday, Ralph Bivens breaking the Oxy and now Vitol news, I'd say an official press release from Transwestern is right around the corner.
  9. Projects of this scale can take time, but it is happening and will be incredible. There is big Houston money and influence behind this. The addition of Oxy's future headquarters will accelerate the next phase of buildings, I'd put money on that. Can't wait to see the renderings for the HQ.
  10. God bless Hanover and their vision. This area is going to take off when these restaurant/retail tenants start opening. There is already a growing buzz on Autry Park and I've heard through the grapevine there are several companies interested in being here. Exciting times.
  11. You really can't please everyone haha This is accurate reporting, apparently a memo went out not long ago within Oxy on these very details. Having this level of corporate campus is a total game changer for the RO development. The Oxy news is also a recent update and is 'in addition' to the build-to-suit office building (another awesome tenant). This is going to be an incredible urban development, anchored by 2 great corporate tenants. So much of the interest from these companies to relocate to the RO is primarily the walkability of an urban campus with housing, lodging and retail/restaurants on-site. So cheer up @shasta, there will be a lot of construction soon!
  12. Don't disagree with any of this. I think the Ion District has huge potential, but moreso a critical mass of later stage tech, energy transition companies, O&G low carbon teams and the capital providers for the transition. There seemed to be a lot of Private Equity, CVS, and VCs that had set up shop there with more coming. The 'start up community' feel was never really there, much more corporate and academic as you've stated. Honestly, I think the best thing would be for Greentown Labs to pick up their things and take their 80+ member companies to a warehouse (Somewhere like Ironworks would be ideal) in Eado/East End or the Heights. If the district is no longer aligned with Rice's vision, they should sell it to Hines and keep their academic programs/accelerators in the Ion. There's huge potential here, just not necessarily for early stage companies.
  13. They are separate entities with different leadership teams. If there were layoffs, maybe a restructure of moving folks around and eliminating some redundancy in roles. Both Greentown and the Ion have been successful (exceeding expectations in many cases) in their missions from what I experienced as a renter at the Common Desk unless something has changed in the past few months... The Ion is pretty well leased up and Greentown is oversubscribed in member companies. Will definitely be on the look out for reports and may ping a few folks over there.
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