Culinary Initiative in Houston, Texas!

Yes, in Houston! Houston is a food city that has never really been branded as such. I am involved in a big program right now to re-merchandise and re-brand Houston's Downtown Historic District as a "Culinary District". There is an incredible stock of buildings with interesting architecture, many of which are second generation spaces with grease traps, vent hoods, hvac, etc... We in Houston learned the hard way that you cannot build a sustainable urban retail district around just bars and clubs, and in the last year dozens of spaces have opened up. There is a real effort to make this work and there is actually grant money available for restaurants and chefs that can prove they are a catalyst to the District. You can find out more info about locations in the District at
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  • Are you involved at all in the Downtown Park development? I hear there are a couple of initiatives, but I think they have identified Shiller del Grande to create two new restaurants in the park near the Toyota Center. Let me know if you hear of any other new concepts/chains coming to town!
  • So, what do you need. I have a lot of International contacts with Chefs and operators.
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