I love Bayou Place. I really do. I love the idea of clustering great restaurants and bars in one development in such close proximity to some of the city's iconic cultural institutions: the Wortham, the Alley Theatre, Jones Hall and the new Houston Ballet. And tucked right into Bayou Place is the Bayou Music Center, home to the Houston Roller Derby and some truly great touring acts (I've seen everyone from Stone Temple Pilots to the Pixies there).
Except not according to Bayou Place's Web site.
The woefully out-of-date Web site for one of downtown Houston's biggest developments still lists the venue as "Verizon Wireless Theater." It's been more than a year since the Bayou Music Center was called Verizon Wireless, but that's not the only outdated item on the Web site.
Samba Grille closed in July 2012, yet is still listed as open -- with hours of operation and all -- on Bayou Place's directory of bars and restaurants. Sundance Cinemas -- which opened in November 2011 -- is still listed as "Coming Soon!"
And although The Blue Fish is listed in Bayou Place's directory, the development's other restaurants aren't mentioned anywhere on the website at all. Where is the information for The Wine Cellar, which opened a couple of months ago, or Napoli Ristorante Italiano? Both new tenants could surely benefit from having their own landlord acknowledge their existence on its own website.
I don't need to explain that downtown is doing some tremendous stuff these days, right? Revitalizing Market Square, building crazy-amazing skyscrapers, turning Discovery Green and the Convention Center into a seriously marketable area, attracting hip new tenants and just generally acting awesome -- downtown has its shit together.
So get with it, Bayou Place. You're part of all these exciting downtown developments -- not to mention you've got the only movie theater in the area, and it's a badass one at that -- so act like it. Call your Web developer and tell them to spruce the place up a bit. This may be April Fool's Day, but your Web site is a joke all year round.
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