A longtime fan of the rotating Spindletop Restaurant perched on top of the Hyatt Regency Hotel Downtown writes in to note the passing . . . of the restaurant’s website:
I last called them in January to see about a reservation but they were still closed from Hurricane Ike. The gentleman who answered insisted they would re-open someday soon and I was intrigued. I continued checking their website for an announcement every few weeks but it never arrived and then the site itself disappeared Sadly, when websites revert to parking pages, it’s all but assured the business behind them has folded.
If the Spindletop is indeed gone, a slowly revolving icon of Houston’s oil boom days, what would the Hyatt do with such a, umm, unique structure perched atop it’s hotel? Landry’s Heliport and Cloud Bar? Rennovate it to become *the* foremost penthouse in the city? “Hey baby, not just the bed rotates, but the whole penthouse!” Perhaps just another semi-adequate restaurant with a unique and stunning view?
What was the city perch like in its
glory pre-Ike days?
Austin travel and food bloggers Rachel and Logan Cooper made a springtime pilgrimage last year:
This place was seven kinds of cheesy. The elevator to the top was outlined in light bulbs, which were just calling for a little light Kool and the Gang. There was a salad bar. The food we saw being carried by jutted out in every direction from the oversized square plates. It was fancy circa the mid-90s.
And on we traveled, light reflecting off the surrounding skyscrapers. Thinking we were smart, we’d timed our visit to this odd throwback for sunset. Any dreams we’d had of an unparalleled view of the setting sun were sort of crushed by the fact that the entire westward sky was, well, blocked by buildings. Oops. Perhaps in 1973, the view would have knocked us right out of our rainbow-striped knee socks.