SOURCE: Houston Pavilions

October 15, 2008 11:10 ET

Houston Pavilions Opens Tomorrow

Landmark Center Adds a New Dimension to Downtown With Retail, Entertainment and Office Hub

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - October 15, 2008) - Houston Pavilions, the first downtown major mixed-use development of its kind in 20 years, with dining, entertainment, retail and office space, opens tomorrow, with an exciting line-up of highly anticipated big-name venues, including House of Blues, in its first phase.

Houston Pavilions brings together the best city life to one downtown location -- four city blocks bounded by Dallas Street to the north, Polk Street to the south, Main Street to the west and Caroline Street to the east. The pedestrian and dog-friendly, open-air retail entertainment center is comprised of 360,000 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of office space and a 1,600-space parking garage.

Retail space and dining venues occupy the first two levels of the center, with entertainment venues located on the third floor. A central courtyard and people-friendly streetscapes will allow for alfresco dining and lots of window-shopping.

The second and third floors of the development will be connected by bridges, called the Houston Pavilion "Sky Rings," spanning Fannin and San Jacinto streets.

Houston Pavilions' Stellar Line-Up

In the anchor positions are House of Blues, XXI Forever, Lucky Strike Lanes, and Books-A-Million. Each of the anchors is in excess of 24,000 square feet.

House of Blues Entertainment, Inc., a Los Angeles-based global entertainment company, represents the definitive brand in live music, operating clubs and concert venues in locations across the country. Visitors to Houston Pavilions will be able to enjoy House of Blues' unmatched combination of Southern-inspired signature cuisine and a diverse offering of live music. The Houston location also will have a Foundation Room, the House of Blues private VIP lounge.

XXI Forever's first urban flagship store in Houston is a multi-concept store that will fuse fashion, art and music on two levels, making the shopping experience both unique and memorable. XXI Forever offers trendy fashions and accessories for women, men and junior girls.

Lucky Strike Lanes, which initially opened in the heart of Hollywood in 2003, is the nation's first truly upscale bowling lounge. With locations across the country, Lucky Strike Lanes combines retro elements, modern décor and state-of-the-art technology. Sleek bowling lanes are edged in mini runway lights with artwork by up-and-coming artists projected on floor-to-ceiling video screens. In between rounds, guests can enjoy superior food selections such as skewered rock shrimp "porcupines," tomato-and-cheese s'mores and a chocolate insanity dessert, all in a hip restaurant and bar. The Houston location also will be one of only three in the nation to have a Luxe Lounge, where customers can bowl while watching short films projected in 3-D.

Books-A-Million, originally founded in 1917, is the third largest book retailer in the nation. Another first for Houston Pavilions, the Books-A-Million Superstore will be the first two-story urban concept store for the company. It will showcase its extensive selection of books, bargain books, magazines, gifts and cards in an industrial-designed space. This location also will feature a Joe Muggs Cafe, a coffee and espresso bar and deli, making it one of the only coffee shops and delis open on the weekend in downtown Houston.

Select other dining, entertainment and retail tenants at Houston Pavilions are McCormick & Schmick's, a popular seafood restaurant; Yao's Restaurant and Bar, owned by the family of Houston Rockets superstar Yao Ming with contemporary Chinese cuisine; Guadalajara Del Centro, serving some of the best Mexican fare in the city; III Forks, a fine dining European-infused steakhouse; longtime favorite Mia Bella; the quaint Cupcake Cafe and, BCBG, women's fashions that embody a combination of European sophistication and American spirit.

"Houston Pavilions represents another turning point in the evolution of downtown," says Bob Eury, president of Central Houston, Inc., and executive director of the Houston Downtown Management District. "As a major activity center, Houston Pavilions will create sustainability and establish synergies with downtown's other uses. It adds one more dimension to Main Street and to our quality of place."

The developers, William Denton and Geoffrey Jones, who came together for the first time on this project, separately have been responsible for numerous commercial, office and residential projects in Houston and other major cities.

Houston's Newest Star

The city of Houston was recently named to Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine's list of "Best Cities to Live, Work and Play." The magazine ranked Houston in its number one spot based on the city's strong economy, abundance of jobs, reasonable cost of living and fun activities.

"Houston Pavilions is a one-of-a-kind addition to the city that reaffirms why Houston is receiving national recognition as a top place to live, work and play," says Mayor Bill White. "The project will not only have a vital economic impact on the city, but it will provide an atmosphere for all the creative, hard-working Houstonians."

Houston Pavilions was designed by the architecture firm of Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum (HOK) and Dallas-based retail design group Laguarda.Low. D.E. Harvey Builders, one of the nation's leading construction firms, served as the general contractor.

About Houston Pavilions

Houston Pavilions is the premiere entertainment, dining, retail and office hub in downtown Houston. Bounded by Dallas Street to the north, Polk Street to the south, Main Street to the west and Caroline Street to the east and connected by two signature "Sky Rings," Houston Pavilions spans four city blocks. The pedestrian and dog-friendly, open-air lifestyle center is comprised of 360,000 square feet of retail space, 200,000 square feet of office space and a 1,600-space parking garage. Houston Pavilions is open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.

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