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Griffin, Wulfe Companies seek restaurants, sidewalk cafes, retail in front of George R. Brown

Houston • Feb. 17, 2015

HOUSTON – As many as seven new retail, restaurant, sidewalk cafes and entertainment venues will be added to the neighborhood surrounding the George R. Brown Convention Center as part of a bold streetscape makeover in the newly revitalized eastern section of downtown Houston.

Fred Griffin, chairman and CEO of Griffin Partners, and Ed Wulfe, chairman and CEO of Wulfe & Co., announced the new development opportunities today.

Griffin Partners is a commercial real estate development firm. Wulfe & Co. is a Houston-based firm specializing in commercial/retail real estate by providing leasing, sales, consulting, site selection services, property management and investment sales for retail property owners and retailers.

Houston First Corporation, which manages the George R. Brown, is working with Griffin Partners and Wulfe & Co. in the development process.

Ric Campo, chairman of Houston First, said getting the right mix of private-sector development is critical in the overall growth of the area and helps fulfill the convention center master plan. 02/05/2015

"These people places will be major amenities for the Avenida de las Americas (the boulevard in front of the GRB), the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel, Discovery Green, the new Marriott Marquis and the new offices and parking garage included in the master plan."

The GRB façade will be renovated to present an appealing grand entryway. Avenida de las Americas will be reworked into a high-energy gathering spot that focuses on pedestrian mobility.

Houston First Corporation also is developing an office building at the north end of the GRB, to include some of the retail space. The approximately 30,000 square feet of restaurant and other venue spaces will front Avenida de las Americas and range in size from approximately 1,500 sq. ft. to more than 10,000 sq. ft.

Katherine Wildman and Bunny McLeod of Wulfe & Co. are targeting a variety of full service and fast casual restaurants and will assist Houston First in the administration of the process to identify suitable tenants. The new restaurants will have large patios fronting Avenida de las Americas that offer vistas to this exciting streetscape.

These spaces are targeted for opening in late 2016, in advance of Super Bowl LI in 2017 and close to the opening of Marriott Marquis, the 1,000-room hotel now under construction at Avenida de las Americas and Walker.