Weingarten Realty

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2013

    Last Call at Marfreless: "I Needed Closure"

    Tom Lytle sits at the end of the bar, lamenting his last night at his favorite hole in the wall. "It's an atrocity, it's an institution and it shouldn't be messed with," says the loyal patron of Marfreless for more than 40 years. "I moved with them here and I will be there if they move again." Sli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Alabama Theater: Preserving The Little, Charming Details

    Most people seem to be happy Trader Joe's might be moving into the old Alabama Theater? Seems so. We're not foodies, so we have no idea how hip/edgy/status symbol a Trader Joe's is. But the folks at the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance are worried that renovating the old space into an upscale ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Trader Joe's Has Its Eye on Alabama: Alabama Theater to Be Reborn as Grocery Store

    ​The Chronicle's real estate reporter Nancy Sarnoff got the scoop today that grocery chain Trader Joe's -- after much speculation -- has its sights set on redeveloping the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama near Shepherd. The currently vacant building would be the first Trader Joe's in Housto ... More >>

  • News

    May 26, 2011

    Five Jobs for Fastow

    Enron honcho needs work.

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2011

    Andy Fastow Needs Work: Some Potential Jobs

    Andy Fastow: Time to get a job​As you might have heard, Andy Fastow has returned to Houston after his stint in a federal prison. He's currently in a halfway house and, let's face it, he needs a job. Luckily the rules allow him to leave the facility for work or community service. But Fastow c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    River Oaks Shopping Center Loses Another Icon: Allrecords Moves Out

    Allrecords: Moved, after 30 years​Another piece of the River Oaks Shopping Center has moved out: Allrecords, which for the past 30 years had been there offering a fine, eclectic selection of rock, jazz and Broadway, has moved out. Owner Fred Allred tells Hair Balls the neighboring Luke's Lock ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Allrecords Relocates To Greenway Plaza Area

    ​It's not a chain like Soundwaves, it doesn't host several in-stores a week like Cactus Music, it doesn't share a side street with a block of bars and music venues like Sig's Lagoon, and it's not a destination for vinyl and underground-music junkies like Black Dog, Sound Exchange and Vinal Edg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    Openings & Closings

    Photo by Robb WalshOyster season is permanently over for Shuck Daddy's.​Lasting only a little over a year, the not-quite-Hooters seafood spot Shuck Daddy's (1511 Shepherd) has shucked its last oyster. With Mak Chin suffering a similar fate in the same location in 2009, could it be that Houston ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    The Fight To Save The Alabama Theater's Art Deco Interior Is Broughten

    Photo by Jim Parsons‚ÄčA lot of people didn't think Sarah Gish would get far when she formed a group to save the River Oaks movie theater, but the theater is still standing.Still threatened, sure; saved mostly by a slow economy, probably, but in Houston you take what preservation victories you can g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2010

    The Alabama Bookstop Due To Become An Office-Supply Store?

    Photo by Jim Parsons‚ÄčThe Alabama Bookstore, the former Alabama Theater, the beloved Montrose icon, is going to be turned into....a Staples?That seems to be the indication from the scoop Swamplot has posted -- architectural drawings the show the property's sloped floor being leveled out by a cement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2009

    Victory Over The River Oaks Shopping Center! Kinda

    That proposed restaurant in the River Oaks Shopping Center that had everyone up in Armani-clad arms?It's not going to happen.It wasn't the Lexus Revolution that killed it, though -- the city gave Weingarten Realty pretty much everything it asked for in the way of variances.No, it was the economy tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    The River Oaks Revolt Continues

    River Oaks residents, and people who live so close they claim to be River Oaks residents, continue to be up in arms about Weingarten Realty's development of the old shopping center there.A massive parking garage has been built, a huge bookstore is set to replace the smaller one-story string of shops ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Heights Theater For Sale

    Want to buy a nice used theater? No, not the River Oaks. That's probably still headed for the wrecking ball. The theater for sale is the Heights Theatre on 19th Street. The theater, built in 1929, was the site of an antiques store until recently.

  • News

    November 22, 2007

    Turkeys of the Year: Honor Roll

    Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, Tom DeLay, Janet Jackson and Tom DeLay again

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2007

    And So It Begins

    An e-mail blast from Sarah Gish of warns that the process of tearing down the River Oaks Shopping Center has begun in earnest. Weingarten Realty filed paperwork with the city Monday as a first step towards demolishing the curved part of the center (think Three Brothers bake ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2007

    Mighty Neighborly of You

    Apparently the folks who live behind the River Oaks Shopping Center got a neighborly letter from Weingarten Realty today, in which plans were revealed for the proposed redevelopment of the center. Click here to see the plans, complete with one sweet four-story parking garage. — Keith Plocek

  • News

    December 7, 2006
  • News

    November 23, 2006

    Turkeys of the Year

    The 2006 Collectors Edition

  • News

    April 15, 2004
  • Dining

    March 9, 2000


    Out of Left Field

  • Dining

    March 11, 1999
  • News

    August 29, 1996

    The Right Kind of People

    Ken Schnitzer gets off -- with a little help from his friends