4

A Decade of Landry's

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Whether you love them or hate them, you can't escape them -- not even if you leave Houston. Over the past ten years, Landry's has become a household name. Besides owning such well-known restaurants as Saltgrass Steak House, Aquarium, and Vic and Anthony's, Landry's has dabbled in the hotel and gaming industry, opening the Inn at the Ballpark in 2004 and acquiring Las Vegas's Golden Nugget in 2005.

Called the Donald Trump of the restaurant industry, Tilman Fertitta is the founder and President of Landry's Restaurants, Inc. He first entered the restaurant industry in the early 1980s, and it has been a rollercoaster ever since. Whether you're in Houston, San Antonio, Denver or Kansas City, you're sure to find Fertitta's footprint.

In 2003, Landry's opened the infamous Downtown Aquarium here in Houston. The Disneyland-esque attraction includes a 100,000-gallon, floor-to-ceiling aquarium; a 200,000-gallon shark tank; and a Ferris wheel. But Landry's isn't just chain restaurants and amusement parks. It owns some of Houston's most high-dollar restaurants, including Brenner's Steakhouse and Pesce.

At one point this decade, Landry's appeared unstoppable. There were even rumors that Fertitta was trying to bring his newly found gaming business to Galveston Island via his $30 million purchase of Galveston's convention center (now officially part of an island conglomerate known as Fertitta Hospitality). September 2008 was a game changer for Landry's, when Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston and Houston. Many of you may remember watching the news footage of waves washing away most of Kemah and Galveston. Mother Nature stopped Landry's in its tracks.

The company suffered an estimated $50 million in damage from the hurricane. Some of its restaurants didn't reopen until 2009. But, just like many Houstonians, Landry's bounced back quickly, and we'll be hearing more about Fertitta in the next decade.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.