Frankie Mandola and Bubba Butera, the former owners of the shuttered State Grille, tell Houston Business Journal reporter Jennifer Dawson they’re planning to open an large, outdoorish event space just southeast of the former AstroWorld site:
Bayou City Event Center Pavilion will occupy 11 acres at 9500 Almeda in a primarily industrial area. Mandola says the site is near his customer base — the Texas Medical Center, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Rice University and University of Houston.
Darryl Schroeder and Robert Steele, who owned the vacant land, are joint venture partners on the development.
The project includes a 15,000-square-foot covered pavilion that will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 people for crawfish boils, fish frys, barbecue dinners and the like. The open-air facility is slated to be finished in November. Phase II will be a 40,000-square-foot banquet facility with multiple rooms that can hold 100 to 1,600 people. Construction will start in October and is scheduled for completion in May 2010.
Here’s a plan of the compound, from the website of Houston’s Andria Design:
The site, bounded by Holmes Rd., Knight, and Almeda, is a half-mile from the last stop on the Metro rail line.
- Mandola, Butera cousins constructing pavilion to combine catering [Houston Business Journal]
- Bayou City Event Center [Andria Design]
- Previously on Swamplot: State Grille Demolition: Just for the Hell of It, State Grille Closing Down; 27-Story Tower Going Up?
Plan and renderings: Andria Design