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Seems to me that The Triangle shouldn't be playing hardball with their tenants.  Last time I checked, there were a few prime spots available and no apparent takers.

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43 minutes ago, Rougarou said:

Just saw Oat Willie's is still kicking!

Bought my first pinch hitter there. And may have lifted a copy of the anarchists cookbook. Still have the pinch hitter. 

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20 minutes ago, jimmyjazz said:

Seems to me that The Triangle shouldn't be playing hardball with their tenants.  Last time I checked, there were a few prime spots available and no apparent takers.

Yeah, we are seeing plenty of places up and down North Lamar that are empty, and have been empty prior to covid.  

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1 hour ago, Rougarou said:

Just saw Oat Willie's is still kicking!

I noticed their competitor down Burnet, Gas Pipe, closed. It’s been replaced by some kind of vape shop that is open 24/7. Now, why would an establishment like that need to be open 24/7? Am I missing something? 

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1 hour ago, jimmyjazz said:

Seems to me that The Triangle shouldn't be playing hardball with their tenants.  Last time I checked, there were a few prime spots available and no apparent takers.

these are the same idiots that ignored Flying Saucers CONSTANT complaints about the putrid smell of sewage in their backrooom anytime it rained and then compounded their issues by letting a direct competitor,  Hopdoddy to open literally 100 feet away from them... which eventually led to the Saucer throwing in the towel in Dec 2018.  ( no replacements found for that space since)

 

oh yeah and that sewage smell?....

turned out the suite that shared the adjacent wall to the Saucer backroom, which had been unoccupied for more than year...... had had a clog in the primary sewage pipe that all the other tenants in that building were using and it resulted in raw sewage to backfill into that specific vacant property's main room- and kept backfilling until the ENTIRE vacant tenancy room had more than an entire FOOT of  backlogged raw sewage that had seeped into the suite.  2500 Sq feet of liquid shit that kept piling on top of each layer until it filled the vacant property by more than a vertical foot. 

 

when the Flying Saucer management team finally figured out that the smell was coming from the adjacent vacant suite and formally  complained, the Triangle management team  basically said it wasnt that much of an issue, and ignored their complaint....    Which, combined with several other reasons,  is why Flying Saucer finally called it quits for that location (well that and Triangle tried to raise their monthly lease by over $5,000 more a month--- when it was already over $20k/mo). 

nothing like finding out that the wall directly behind the back room was holding back thousands of pounds of raw sewage....

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3 minutes ago, AUS-97HORN said:nothing like finding out that the wall directly behind the back room was holding back thousands of pounds of raw sewage....

Wow 

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Yeah, when the Saucer packed it in I knew there was something wrong with the whole concept.  There is absolutely no way a super popular pub smack in between campus and an exploding neighborhood couldn't come to terms with their landlord.  That whole development is out of whack.

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slight amendment... turns out the Saucer closed in Dec 2017 not 2018....   but my point that its still vacant stands.... we are working on almost 3 fucking years of that spot being empty .  which is also right around the same time Galaxy Cafe left there as well. 

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Yeah, when the Saucer packed it in I knew there was something wrong with the whole concept.  There is absolutely no way a super popular pub smack in between campus and an exploding neighborhood couldn't come to terms with their landlord.  That whole development is out of whack.

Yeah. I’ve never understood what they are thinking letting all those places go vacant. At some point I would think the tenants will be upset with only having a T-Mobile store available instead of restaurants. Lack of the state workers eating lunch hurts as well.

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I spent a lot of time at Flying Saucer.  Like, I'm not sure my liver will ever recover.  That place was ALWAYS packed. 

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The triangle was the very first encroachment upon Austin by the mixed-use condo/overpriced bar and restaurant rubber-stamp buildings that signify the impending homogeneity and death of any original culture of a city. It was the scout ship for the Domain's Death Star. Fuck the triangle and fuck the Flying Saucer. Fuck Hopdoddy too, just for good measure.

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Flying Saucer had a great tap wall. I don't give a rat's ass about The Triangle though, that's for sure.

 

 

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Lot of bars here in Houston that  have been shut down since June appear to be taking advantage of their shiny new Food & Beverage Certificates to re-open over the past week or so.

Cottonwood, Heights Bier Garten, Kirby Ice House just a few that I've noticed.

Great Heights just re-opened about 15 minutes ago (Congrats Pat!).  

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Regardless of COVID, has any restaurant/bar survived long term being located in a condo/retail mixed use development?

  

 

 

 

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Yea lots have true mixed use environments like NY or San Fran.

Nimrod city planner forced manufactured ones? Maybe not as many.

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Looks like the days of LuAnn platters are coming to an end. Luby's board of directors has "approved and adopted a plan of liquidation and dissolution," the company announced.

The plan will need to be approved by the company's shareholders. A date for that vote was not included in today's announcement. 

Previously, Luby's stated it would seek a sale of its assets that would pay off its debts and generate money for its stockholders. Following the liquidation plan will generate between $92 million and $123 million, according to the company's estimates. That represents between $3 and $4 per share of its stock (approximately 30.7 million shares outstanding).

 

https://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/09-08-20-lubys-cafeteria-restaurant-fuddruckers-liquidation-dissolution-sale-closing/

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Damn, I still remember Marimont Cafeteria as a kid.  There of Guadalupe and 38th.  Now LUBYs.  What the tits is going on!

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hearing on the dudley and bob show with matt that cap city is closing up shop.

i hadn't been in awhile, but that was a nice spot. that's too bad.

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Yeah, the last things that'll come back online in this country are live music/live comedy.  You can still pull off some sort of "conference", but performing arts festivals/shows in all their incarnations are on hold for at least 9 more months.  

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40 minutes ago, hayden_horn said:

hearing on the dudley and bob show with matt that cap city is closing up shop.

i hadn't been in awhile, but that was a nice spot. that's too bad.

sucks

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40 minutes ago, hayden_horn said:

hearing on the dudley and bob show with matt that cap city is closing up shop.

i hadn't been in awhile, but that was a nice spot. that's too bad.

Matt Bearden said they emptied the building out awhile ago.

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1 hour ago, hayden_horn said:

hearing on the dudley and bob show with matt that cap city is closing up shop.

i hadn't been in awhile, but that was a nice spot. that's too bad.

Fack. That hurts. 

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1 hour ago, BabaYaga said:

Damn, I still remember Marimont Cafeteria as a kid.  There of Guadalupe and 38th.  Now LUBYs.  What the tits is going on!

Three different state voting districts intersected in the parking lot of the Marimont...

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2 minutes ago, Ignatius said:

Three different state voting districts intersected in the parking lot of the Marimont...

Hence, the Michener novel, 'Texas" 

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On 8/20/2020 at 8:09 PM, Updawg said:


That’s brutal

I’ve been avoiding amazon a lot the past year and shopping local as much as possible. Lowe’s,hd and heb are the biggest I go to

Lulz, so you draw the line at #35 on the Fortune 500?

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34 minutes ago, Chet Steadman said:

Not totally unrelated but hasn’t it been rumored Rogan was going to bring The Comedy Store to Austin?

I believe he has threatened to permanently bring himself to Austin.  Don't the Shores still own the Comedy Store?  I hadn't heard the kids sold it.

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1 hour ago, hayden_horn said:

hearing on the dudley and bob show with matt that cap city is closing up shop.

i hadn't been in awhile, but that was a nice spot. that's too bad.

 

Never really had attachment to Cap City because it's north of the river and thus shitty and I avoid it. But the one time I did go I saw Mitch Hedberg. He was extraordinarily funny and extraordinarily fucked up.

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1 minute ago, Samson's Wig said:

I believe he has threatened to permanently bring himself to Austin.  Don't the Shores still own the Comedy Store?  I hadn't heard the kids sold it.

As if any more proof is needed that Austin jumped the shark, the most recent celebrities that I have heard are moving to Austin are Rogan, the Queer Eyes guy, and the WWF wrestler who was the annoying dude on the Real World back in the day. 

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I saw Sam Kinison at the Laff Stop a year or two before he died.  That was an incredible show.

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2 hours ago, BabaYaga said:

Damn, I still remember Marimont Cafeteria as a kid.  There of Guadalupe and 38th.  Now LUBYs.  What the tits is going on!

Damn, that's a blast from the past. There was also cafeteria over in hancock that my grandparents use to like. They woudl come in to town every week and we'd go out to dinner at one or the other, or maybe mom would make some dry ass pork chops.  Took me a long time (and sous vide) to come back aroudn to pork chops. 

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3 hours ago, hayden_horn said:

hearing on the dudley and bob show with matt that cap city is closing up shop.

i hadn't been in awhile, but that was a nice spot. that's too bad.

Glad I went right before Covid to see Christina P work out material there.  Hate to see that place go.

1 hour ago, Samson's Wig said:

I believe he has threatened to permanently bring himself to Austin.  Don't the Shores still own the Comedy Store?  I hadn't heard the kids sold it.

It's not a threat.  He's coming and NOT bringing the Comedy Store.  However, his plan is to open a spot and attract talent to the area and develop the scene the same way that many credit him for bringing the Store back when it had gone to shit.

Comparisons being made to what Chappelle has been able to do in Ohio...flying out acts private, etc.

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Never really had attachment to Cap City because it's north of the river and thus shitty and I avoid it. But the one time I did go I saw Mitch Hedberg. He was extraordinarily funny and extraordinarily fucked up.

I saw Bill Hicks there. God he was awesome.

Also, I got in free for quite a while because Laura House, of Austin Stories, worked there, and she had a crush on me. She was a cool gal...but no, that never happened.

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38 minutes ago, Brisketexan said:


I saw Bill Hicks there. God he was awesome.

Also, I got in free for quite a while because Laura House, of Austin Stories, worked there, and she had a crush on me. She was a cool gal...but no, that never happened.

Laura House was a student teacher at my middle school right around the time when that happened. I didn't have her and I don't remember exact details, but I know that it was pretty big news at either Porter or Bailey middle schools (I moved after 6th grade, don't remember which one she was at) when she was on the TV.

Small world. Also you're old.

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Laura House was a student teacher at my middle school right around the time when that happened. I didn't have her and I don't remember exact details, but I know that it was pretty big news at either Porter or Bailey middle schools (I moved after 6th grade, don't remember which one she was at) when she was on the TV.
Small world. Also you're old.

Don’t I know it.

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It's not a threat.  He's coming and NOT bringing the Comedy Store. 


He’s already here. He just did his first podcast from his new Austin studio today.

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I saw a lot of great shows at Laff Stop/Cap City, but it’s not a great venue or particularly vibrant scene. Still hated to hear about another Austin institution closing. 
 

The thing about Rogan’s move to Austin that interests me is the potential impact to local live comedy. I’ve heard enough of his and other LA comics podcasts to know that a major factor in keeping him and some others in LA was the turnaround of the scene around The Comedy Store. A lot of notable people have expressed that Rogan was a big part of what that scene is these days. I don’t think someone who loves doing stand up and enjoys the hang with other comics the way he seems to would move here without some confidence in being able to have or grow a comedy scene that will attract good comics and become a base for up and coming comedians. Or it could be a big bust, who knows. It will be interesting to see if others follow and what moves get made to expand live comedy in Austin. 

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On 9/8/2020 at 6:49 PM, BradInATX said:

the annoying dude on the Real World back in the day. 

You need to be more specific. 

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13 hours ago, Deej said:

You need to be more specific. 

Yep. If he said the dude in the real world who wasn’t annoying that would narrow it down quite a bit. 

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Redd's Barbershop (Cory Redding) is down for the count. Really liked the place, being right next to my office. Cut out about 45 minutes before my cut, stop at Cover Three and pound a few cold ones, then get my ears lowered. I think their rent was crazy though. He'd recently had to raise chair prices and a lot of his barbers had to move somewhere cheaper to turn a profit. If you've never met him, Cory is a really awesome dude. 

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Biderman's Deli in westlake has closed. 

Fuck I'm pissed. Best sandwich place for miles in any direction.

 

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The Rusty Mule out on 290 closed. Not really an institution but was a decent place near my old house to go get a drink and let the toddler run around.

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