Weingarten strikes again with the closing of another Houston institution

I know it’s silly to take things that a corporation does personally, but man do I feel like the Weingarten bastards totally have it in for me.

First they try to close down the awesome Alabama Theater (see the Save River Oaks Shopping Center and Alabama Theater petition here).

Now I just found out that they refused to renew the lease of 18-year-old Tien Ren, one of the best restaurants (vegan and otherwise) around. Healthy, clean, friendly staff and absolutely ecstatically wonderful food. I am devastated. It’s geeky I know, but it was the ultimate comfort food and now (as of January 7th) it is suddenly gone. Sad.

So tell them how you really feel. And then maybe add some new veggie-friendly restaurants on our Houston Vegetarian Restaurant Platial map.

3 Comments so far

  1. Joe (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    They don’t care.


  2. Jeff (unregistered) on January 31st, 2007 @ 2:22 pm

    I found out about this two days before they closed. The manager and I have been on a first name basis for years as I went there no less than once a month since 1992 and usually at least a couple times each month if not every week.

    I was so pissed, I wrote this:

    http://www.jeffbalke.com/2007/01/06/crappy-weingarten-strikes-again/

    They offered them another spot in the center but it was too large and would’ve increased their costs dramatically. According to their manager, the Weingarten guy told them there is a national bike shop chain that is moving in there (just what Houston needs) and that “face it, they are big and you’re small.”

    Unreal.


  3. Matt Bramanti (unregistered) on February 1st, 2007 @ 11:19 am

    Gosh, what can this restaurant do?

    As we all know, there is zero retail space left in Houston. No sir, you can’t find a vacant strip-center space anywhere…

    Jeff, I’m curious: What is the exact cut-off point when a property owner is expected to ignore the interests of his shareholders? Does it have to do with the length of the lease, the size of the space, the vegetarianness of the Chinese food, or some other factor?



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