What's New in Houston
HOUSTON -- Development never stops in Houston. Consider this your go-to guide for staying in the know on the nation's fourth-largest city.
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PostHTX - Phase One Expected Winter 2020
Downtown Houston's hub for food, shopping, workspace and recreation. The post office was opened in 1962, and named for Barbara Jordan, the South’s first female African American legislator elected to the US Congress. In 2015, the US Government decommissioned the Barbara Jordan Post Office and sold the building to Lovett Commercial. Our project, POST aims to reinvigorate the city’s Theatre District with an adaptive reuse cultural epicenter linking past and future.
Lynn Wyatt Square for the Performing Arts - Renovation Expected Summer 2021
The former Jones Plaza, considered the "center stage" for the Theater District downtown, will undergo a major transformation and unveil as Lynn Wyatt Square For The Performing Arts in summer 2021. The $29 million capital campaign will include a performance lawn with flexible infrastructure for concerts and other free programs, a cascading water feature, trees and gardens for aesthetics and shade, a street theater, and a restaurant. Programming will reflect the Theater District’s indoor performance spaces, providing an accessible new place to engage the public.
Bagby Street Improvement Project - Expected Completion Fall 2021
The corridor’s $28.8 million rebuild will change the look and feel of the west side of Downtown. Once complete, the thoughtfully designed Bagby Street Corridor will provide a common thread and platform to tie together all the projects. The project, funded and led by the Downtown Redevelopment Authority, began construction on January 11, 2020.
Recently Completed Projects
Seismique – Opened December 2020
A 40,000-square-foot art-fueled experiential museum has landed in Houston’s west side. Guests will not be able to resist the gravitational pull of 40-plus unique galaxies (galleries) overflowing with dazzling displays of light, color, sound, and natural elements when the multidimensional immersive playground lands in a former big box store at 2306 South Highway 6 in mid-December.
The first-to-market arts and entertainment concept features works by two dozen or so established and emerging artists – many of whom are Texas-based – along with advanced technological elements like projection mapping, holograms, augmented reality, lightmapping, motion tracking, gamification, and more.
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Campus Expansion - Opened November 2020
Encompassing 14 acres in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the MFAH campus-redevelopment project, to be complete in 2020, is a major contribution to the city’s efforts to improve the pedestrian experience of Houston. The expansion, which is the largest cultural project underway in North America, includes an array of public plazas, reflecting pools, and gardens, as well as improved sidewalks, street lighting, and way-finding. In 2018, the MFAH opened the Glassell School of Art, The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, and The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation. In 2020, the project will conclude with the opening of The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, featuring two floors of gallery exhibition space, a theater, a cafe, and a restaurant.
Memorial Park Golf Course - Renovation Completed October 2020
A $13.5 Million renovation was recently completed at Memorial Park Golf Course, funded by the Astros Golf Foundation and supported by the Memorial Park Conservancy. Following its reopening, the City of Houston welcomed the Houston Open back within city limits to the newly renovated Memorial course November 2-8, 2020.
Space Center Houston - Restoration Completed July 2019
The visitors center is currently restoring the historic Mission Control Center, also known as the Mission Operations Control Room or MOCR, to reflect the authentic look and feel of the Apollo 11 mission. The $5 million project began in July 2017. Among the many improvements, Space Center Houston and its partners are even working with NASA historians to collect furnishings, books, notes, and coffee mugs to replicate the atmosphere in 1969.
Holocaust Museum Houston Expansion - Completed May 2019
In October 2017, construction will begin on a $33.8 million project that will more than double the size of Holocaust Museum Houston. The new Lester and Sue Smith Campus of the museum will span 57,000 square feet and make HMH the fourth-largest Holocaust museum in the nation. The expanded museum will include a new 200-seat theater that can accommodate professional performances, an expansion of the “Bearing Witness” permanent exhibit that includes testimony and artifacts from Houston-area survivors, new exhibit space for the German World War II railcar and Danish rescue boat and a new library and classroom space among other improvements.
The Menil Drawing Institute - Completed November 2018
The Menil Drawing Institute is the first freestanding facility dedicated entirely to the acquisition, study, exhibition, conservation, and storage of modern and contemporary drawings.
Houston Botanic Garden - Completed September 2020
In September, another Houston green space opened to the public—this one decades in the making. Advocates have long sought to establish a botanic garden in the city that would help educate residents and visitors on the flora of this region and other parts of the world and create a verdant urban refuge in the heart of the city. The transformation of a former golf course in Houston’s East End began in 2018 and now the first phase of the 132-acre Houston Botanic Garden is welcoming visitors. More than 350 different plant varieties from around the world combine to create the attraction’s Global Collection Garden, which includes everything from a tropical rainforest to an arid desert.
Discovery Green Renovation - Completed June 2020
Park officials have begun a $12 million improvement project in the northeast corner of the 12-acre downtown park, Discovery Green. The renovations will include an expansion of the play structures from 10 to 20, with designated areas for kids aged two-five and five-12. In addition to new playscapes, there will be a new gateway, more lighting, new landscaping, and the women's restroom will be expanded.
Southern Downtown park - Completion Expected Winter 2020
A new park is expected to open in downtown Houston in 2020. It will occupy three-fourths of a block about three blocks northwest of the Toyota Center and two blocks southwest of the mixed-used development GreenStreet.
CenterPoint Hike and Bike Trails - Phase 1 Trail Map February 2021
A new agreement between Harris County and CenterPoint Energy paved the way to construct hundreds of miles of hike and bike trails along grassy right-of-way that houses high-voltage power lines. Hundreds of miles of previously out of reach green space will be available for hike & bike trails. A creative agreement with Centerpoint Energy will allow us to use their right-of-way. CenterPoint operates more than 3,700 miles of large overhead transmission lines that bring electricity to local substations, which in turn distributes to homes and businesses.
Autry Park Urban Village- Phase 1 Expected Opening Fall 2021
A bespoke urban village called Autry Park will soon land along Buffalo Bayou near downtown Houston. The park is a mixed-use real estate projected master-planned and developed by Hanover Company in partnership with Lionstone Investments. Set to open in three phases, the 14-acre development will include five towers encompassing 1,450 residential units, 350,000 square-feet of Class A office space, and 100,000 square-feet of unique, carefully curated retail, all situated around a central green space.
Texas Medical Center Research Campus - Opening 2022
The Texas Medical Center Corp., which operates the largest medical center in the world, has unveiled a potential $1.5 billion expansion for its newest campus called TMC3. TMC3 will be a biomedical research hub that clusters researchers and industry experts on a collaborative 36-acre campus.
The Houston Zoo - Phase 1 Expected 2022
In 2022, the Houston Zoo will celebrate its 100th anniversary by completing the most dramatic transformation in its history. The $150 Million capital campaign includes plans to redevelop nearly half of the Houston Zoo's acreage with multi-species habitats, with additional funds allocated for conservation projects.
Memorial Park Master Plan - Ongoing through 2025
A new master plan could bring more than $200 million in renovations to Houston's largest park. The 1,500-acre Memorial Park near the Galleria district will soon see an update to its 3-mile jogging trail. But more long-term plans call for a land bridge over Memorial Drive, an indoor swimming pool, additional bike and pedestrian trails and a rugby pitch, just to name a few elements. Once it's approved, the master plan could take up to 10 years to completely realize.
Hyatt Place Houston Downtown - Opened January 2021
Kick back in one of 150 rooms, including 16 suites, in the center of the city at Hyatt Place Houston / Downtown. Look out at the lights of downtown from a high-floor room in our 16-story hotel, or opt for a 352-square-foot standard room with a sofa bed to lounge on. Once you’re unpacked, head out to a rock concert or comedy show at the nearby Revention Music Center.
Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites Houston Galleria- Opening February 2021
Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality (ALH) is expanding its regional footprint with the rollout of the company’s second dual-branded hotel, bringing two distinct-yet-complementary lodging experiences under one hometown roof. The combined Holiday Inn Express Houston – Galleria Area and Staybridge Suites Houston – Galleria Area will offer a total of 319 rooms and will be the first new hospitality offering in the Bayou City’s sought-after Galleria area in several years when it makes its February 2021 debut. Both brands are franchises of InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG).
Blossom Hotel Houston Medical Center - Opening April 2021
The 16-story, 267-room hotel at 7118 Bertner will become the only luxury hotel near NRG Stadium and the latest entry into the Texas Medical Center's field of luxury hotels. The Chinese-owned hotel will bring unique amenities like an ambitious sushi restaurant, karaoke bar, and offerings like transport to the medical center, long-term storage options, and translation services.
The Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton - Opening 2021
Located on the southwest corner of Almeda Road and Holcombe Boulevard on the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus, The Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton project will feature a combined 300 rooms.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa - Expected Completion TBD
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa have begun work on its new master plan, just in time for the venue’s 40th anniversary. Overall, the project is expected to cost $45 million. The Houstonian sits on 27 acres at 111 N. Post Oak Lane in the Uptown/Galleria area. Plans for the hotel include completely remodeled guest rooms and suites, creating “an enhanced arrival experience,” updating the hotel’s Great Room lobby, adding a new deck overlooking Buffalo Bayou, a new indoor-outdoor restaurant overlooking the pool areas plus redesigning and expanding multiple club studios and childcare areas, a rooftop event space will be added for movies, entertainment, and gatherings. Trellis Spa will be completely refurbished, and plans include a luxury outdoor water experience.
- Trellis Spa Expected Completion Early 2021
Hyatt House/Hyatt Place Houston Texas Medical Center - Opening 2022
Houston-based developer Satya Inc. has broken ground on a 350,000-square-foot hotel near the Texas Medical Center. The project, at 7329 Fannin St. near the corner of Fannin and Old Spanish Trail, is slated to be branded as a dual Hyatt hotel and extended stay facility. The 14-story development will offer 159 hotel rooms under the Hyatt Place flag and 139 extended stay rooms under the Hyatt House brand. The development will be Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corp.'s (NYSE: H) first dual-branded property in Houston.
Hilton University of Houston - Expansion/Renovation Expected 2022
A $30.4 million project to expand and renovate the Hilton University of Houston, the teaching hotel for students at UH’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Design plans include the addition of a five-story tower consisting of 71 guest rooms above the south wing, increasing the hotel’s total number of rooms to 151. Six suites on the second floor will be removed to create much-needed executive meeting space. The hotel’s existing 80 guest rooms in its north wing will be renovated, along with its lobby and public spaces. The adjacent courtyard between the north, south and west wings will also be renovated.
Hilton Garden Inn Houston Downtown - Opening 2022 (150 rooms)
Thompson Hotel Houston - Opening 2023
Construction is underway on this luxury hotel. Situated directly overlooking Buffalo Bayou Park, the Lifestyle Pavilion will be the first of the five towers to open in The Allen, with it slated to debut in 2021. Not far behind will be the second tower ― a 35 story Hotel Condo Tower, with its upper floor condominium Residences at The Allen (with commanding views on floors 16 to 35). The condos will be open by the end of 2022, and the lower section (floors 8 to 15) will debut as the Thompson Hotel by 2023.
Railway Heights - Opening Spring 2021
Similar to Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia and Chelsea Market in New York City, the 3.6-acre Railway Heights Market will be located at 8200 Washington Avenue near the western edge of 610 Loop. Silent Theatre Group, the restauranteurs behind Bravery Chef Hall and Conservatory, are leading the charge on this venture. The 22,860 square foot space will house a grocery store, beer garden, container farm and farmer's market with at least 25 food vendors.
Conservatory Galleria - Summer 2021
Located in the space once occupied by the nightclub The Roxy, this will be the second location for the Conservatory. Conservatory Galleria will feature 11 vendors, a beer bar, Ross’ wine and punch bar, and a version of Bravery’s Secret Garden cocktail bar.
Conservatory in The Crossing at Midtown - Late Summer/Early Fall 2021
In Midtown, Conservatory will occupy a two-story, 17,250-square-foot as well as a 4,000-square-foot patio. Conservatory Midtown will house 12 vendors and a new wine and punch bar concept that Ross is developing. In addition, it will feature the company’s first on-site brewery.
Airline Farmers Market - Phase One Completed Nov. 2020, Phase Two Expected May 2021
Developing over the next three years, the beloved Houston Farmer’s Market will transform into an 18-acre destination for locals and visitors. Bringing together food purveyors and unique retail vendors, the space will continue to serve as a community hub with programming and events. To help achieve this goal, James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd and his business partner Kevin Floyd have been tapped to serve as food and beverage consultants for the project.
Rice Village Farmer's Market - Opened December 2020
Rice Village and Casey Barbles of The Informal Grub and Heights Mercantile Farmers Market have teamed up to bring the Rice Village area an exciting new Farmers Market. The open-air market occurs bi-monthly on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Each attending vendor has been hand-selected to bring diverse, certified organic, and locally owned grocer items. The 40+ vendors range from family-owned farms, to artisan chocolate, to zero-waste home essentials.
Hungry Like the Wolf - Spring 2021
This ’80s-inspired twist on the classic American diner will replace the shuttered Beer Market Co. on Studemont. Expect a menu of comfort food (meatloaf, burgers, chicken fried steak, etc.) paired with cocktails and craft beer in an environment that flashes back to the time when “Like a Virgin” and “Take On Me” topped the charts. With work already underway, a spring opening looks likely.
MARCH - Spring 2021
Partners June Rodil, MS, and Chef/Partner Felipe Riccio of Goodnight Hospitality; general manager and beverage director Mark Sayre will soon open a fine dining restaurant exploring the evolution of the Mediterranean through food. The culmination of Goodnight Hospitality’s contributions to food and drink in Houston, MARCH was built to examine the regions in the Mediterranean where boundaries meet and intersect, creating tension, conflict, and diversity through food. As Chef Felipe’s food menu is a deep dive into the history of a region, the wine list and 11,000-bottle cellar at MARCH go deep into the history of producers the team loves, specifically focusing on the breadth of single producers’ programs.
Shoot the Moon - Spring 2021
Kevin Floyd, a former partner in Anvil and Underbelly Hospitality, returns to the restaurant scene with this new offering. Located in Spring Branch and expected to debut in the first quarter of 2021, Shoot the Moon will feature a self-service system that allows diners to pour their own beer, wine, cocktails, or spirits from up to 50 different selections. Chef Dax McAnear (Beaver’s, Hay Merchant) has created a menu that starts with pizza but also includes shareable starters and a few center-of-plate entrees.
Georgia James Tavern - Late Spring/Early Summer 2021
Chef/Owner Chris Shepherd and business partner Todd Mason of Underbelly Hospitality; chef de cuisine Matthew Coburn (currently the sous chef at Georgia James) will soon open Georgia James Tavern, a more casual offshoot of Georgia James steakhouse, utilizing the same philosophies on sourcing, technique, service, and attention to detail as Georgia James. This restaurant is meant to be an everyday destination with menu items ranging from great salads, sandwiches, burgers, and yes, cast-iron seared steaks, along with entrees cooked in a wood-burning oven. Georgia James Tavern will also offer an extensive, yet approachable, wine list and cocktails. This restaurant will be Underbelly Hospitality’s first foray into Downtown Houston.
Hamsa - Summer 2021
The team behind Doris Metropolitan will offer their take on modern Israeli food at this Rice Village restaurant. Slated to open this summer, the restaurant will feature dishes such as hummus, kebabs, vegetable items, and freshly-baked pita bread. Doris chef-partner Sash Kurgan will lead the kitchen.
Wild Oats - Summer 2021
Chef/Owner Chris Shepherd and business partner Todd Mason of Underbelly Hospitality; chef/partner Nick Fine (currently Underbelly Hospitality culinary director) will soon open Wild Oats, a fresh take on traditional Texas. Houston native Nick Fine has lived and cooked around the world—Germany, Australia, New York City, Thailand, Aspen—but returned home to Houston to raise a family. His first restaurant will focus on the history and traditions of Texas cuisine while showcasing his experiences and cooking techniques learned working under notable chefs like Scott Bryan, Steve Redzikowski, and Dean Fearing. Wild Oats will be a full-service restaurant inside the historic Houston Farmers Market, which is owned and being redeveloped by Todd Mason and MLB Partners. Expect dishes like shrimp diablo—Nick’s take on shrimp and grits using masa as a nod to tamales, a Texas staple.
Feges BBQ Spring Branch- Summer 2021
Husband/wife team Patrick Feges (pit master) and Erin Smith (chef) will soon open their first stand-alone location in the Spring Branch neighborhood of Houston (their first location is located in Greenway Plaza, affectionally called “the best food court barbecue in Texas"). Both Patrick (Underbelly, Brennan’s) and Erin (Babbo, Per Se) have fine dining backgrounds, and bring nontraditional flavors and techniques to their barbecue. Feges BBQ Spring Branch will serve both lunch and dinner, which will require two separate smoke cooks on their two J&R Manufacturing Oylers to ensure quality barbecue is served for both services. The all-day menu will be similar to the menu at Feges BBQ Greenway (meat plates, fresh sides), with the addition of a burger, sandwiches, salads and wings. Daily specials will include dishes like Erin’s fried chicken, chicken fried steak, tacos and the return of Patrick’s beef belly burnt ends and grits. Erin, who spent a year as a sommelier at Camerata, will finally have the opportunity to put her wine knowledge to use. Feges BBQ Spring Branch will have a well-curated wine list with 15 bottles, including some funky wines that pair well with smoked meats like Cleto Chiarli Vecchia Modena Lambrusco, an oxidative Italian white wine from Umbria produced by Raina, and a fruit forward juicy red wine made on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands by the producer Bermejo. They’ll feature beers from local breweries they frequently work with like Saint Arnold, Eureka Heights, 8th Wonder, No Label and more. New parents themselves, Erin and Patrick plan to create a family-friendly environment with a kid’s menu and a play area. The space, which will be designed by Collaborative Projects, is 5,000 square feet inside with a 1,880-square-foot patio. The smoke room, enclosed by glass, will be a focal point of the dining room.
Late August - Late 2021
2020 James Beard Semifinalist Chef Dawn Burrell has joined the team, signing on as a Chef and Partner of LHG concept, Late August. Led by Chef Dawn Burrell, the forthcoming restaurant will explore the soul of Afro-Asian flavors.
Rado Cafe - 2022
Chris Williams has officially launched Lucille’s Hospitality Group. One of the first four concepts is Rado Cafe, and will be located in Houston's Third Ward neighborhood. A tribute to the historic bones it’s housed in, Rado will serve as a community café dishing out coffee, cocktails, and cuisine with purpose.
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Hogan Brown Gallery - Spring 2022
Chris Williams has officially launched Lucille’s Hospitality Group. One of the first four concepts is Rado Cafe, will also bring with it Hogan Brown Gallery. African American Art + Artists will take center stage at Rado Café’s sister concept.
Stages Repertory Theatre - Completed January 2020
Founded in 1978, the theater underwent a $35.4 million expansion including three new theaters and a four-story parking garage. The new space is located across the street from its current two-theater campus located along Buffalo Bayou near downtown. The new campus is dubbed The Gordy and doubles the theater's square footage to 66,850 square feet from 32,091 square feet. Total seats also increased to 618 from 403.
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