Very ambitious plans. I’d say overly so but I don’t move in those circles so maybe I’m wrong.
In true Houston fashion rather than building on what works they’re going to tear everything down and start over with their brilliant (or so they think) plan. Bye-bye Triple A and what else? Can Canino’s or the little stalls in the back survive a 10% rent increase? I’ve always heard margins in anything grocery related are very thin.
If they’re thinking tourist destination they’re fooling themselves. Houston is not a tourist destination, period. If it becomes a foodie destination, I think I’ll be okay with it. A cross between Phoenicia, CM, Hong Kong City Mall, Discovery Green and the old Westbury Square, all food related??? Beautifully landscaped and with ample parking, of course. I may get a condo in the neighborhood.
“Ladies would be lined up in the morning to get their fresh breads to make their husbands sandwiches before work,” Michaelis said. - I loved this (from the owner of El Bolillo). Going out to get fresh bread for sandwiches in the morning! I didn’t realize El Bolillo had only been there 2 decades. I didn’t remember it from back in the 70s or so when I first heard of Canino’s but I figured I just didn’t know the people in the know back then.