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#1 Brian Luenser

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:41 PM

http://www.star-tele...estaurant.html#

This place is currently vacant. I have no initial opinion on this announcement. Outside of the fact they we need Sales Tax revenue in the City and increased assessments in PID 1

The patrons will be primarily parking in my garage as this business is essentialy the first floor of The Tower parking garage. Again... business good.
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Posted 15 October 2012 - 08:21 PM

The article sure doesn't paint in a pleasant light.
Where exactly is the Tower's garage?

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 05:21 AM

It is the 6 story structure just West of The Tower. Tower residents connect via a hallway (tunnel) under Taylor Street.

After sleeping on the news, I am mostly happy with the announcment. As everything, it all depends on the execution. I do think big empty spaces are a real downer in a downtown area. This may help bridge Downtown and areas to the West.
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Posted 16 October 2012 - 08:59 AM

I agree, this is great news for the Downtown area. Maybe some of that crowd will overflow to the Tower restaurant, fingers crossed. Oh by the way,

I heard that Rick's Cabaret International Inc. is on the NASDAQ index as RICK.

This company has money so maybe we will see celebs here more times than not, imo.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 06:17 PM

The actual paper newspaper article had the sensationalized title "Strip Club is going mainstream downtown"

Just below, the subtitle stated "...- but no topless women"

It sounds like it will be a Dallas style d-bag velvet rope club

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 07:03 PM

Mmiller, surely we in The Fort can handle at least one Dallas-style d-bag rope club. ;-) Doesn't mean we have to go. Let the out-of-towners check it out.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 07:34 PM

I got nothing against it, but it doesn't sound like the kind of place I would visit even once, considering I'm not a Dallas-style d-bag.
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Posted 23 October 2012 - 07:54 PM

You guys do know that exclusive, velvet rope clubs didn't get their start in and are not unique to Dallas, right?

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 11:19 AM

You guys do know that exclusive, velvet rope clubs didn't get their start in and are not unique to Dallas, right?



Dallas was an example...

But, we really don't get out much ;)

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Posted 24 October 2012 - 12:17 PM

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 01:48 PM

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They wouldn't valet your bicycle anyway

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 04:47 PM

Not just any rope, VELVET rope !

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:54 PM

So excited for this type of facility concept coming to the downtown. About time...

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:24 PM

Since it was remodeled to be a club initially it's going to be hard for it to be anything else and super easy for someone else to come in and run with what's there after all the heavy lifting has been done.

I've warmed up to the idea, probably quicker than most since I don't live on that side of the building.

I get the impression they're going for a Cool River / meat market concept, that's my guess anyway. The problem EVERY club downtown has run into that's tried this concept is the place becomes a private fraternity for those that work there often turning away patrons with wads of cash to burn.

They'll need to employ rules that limit those that work there from utilizing / monopolizing the facilities for their buddies or the concept will run the same course as all the others downtown. It works just alike a casino or hotel, both of which I've worked in, you're caught in any section deemed off limits out of uniform and your fired, comp drinks to the same set of people night after night and you're fired. I'm guessing "Rick's" has encountered and addressed these issues or they'd not be a profitable publicly traded entity. Unlike the always crowded downtown clubs hemorrhaging cash wondering where the money went. I hear some have installed cameras behind the bar to help stem the blood letting. You'd think that would be the norm today.

Overall I think the concept has a chance in that location for one reason alone: They're publicly traded and have deep pockets so they can stick it out long enough to move the boundary ANCHOR of Sundance Square beyond Taylor street. Something no one has been able to do, yet.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:20 AM

I had no idea Rick's had so many venues in Fort Worth... http://www.ricks.com/

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 11:48 AM

I had no idea Rick's had so many venues in Fort Worth... http://www.ricks.com/


From what I've read to date, I think they're going for a nicer version of Cool River in Irving, guess we'll see. I hope they can make it work, someone needs to break the west of Taylor street curse.

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Posted 22 December 2012 - 04:42 PM

They have been working hard on this space for Vee Lounge on Taylor Street. Guessing it will be open soon.


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Posted 22 December 2012 - 05:30 PM

I hope it does well. That little storefront is pretty cool, and is kinda on the edge of Fort Worth's walkable core.

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Posted 24 December 2012 - 08:23 PM

I hope it does well. That little storefront is pretty cool, and is kinda on the edge of Fort Worth's walkable core.


Hope that garage gets more ground level retail sooner than later.

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Posted 15 February 2014 - 05:00 AM

 

I hope it does well. That little storefront is pretty cool, and is kinda on the edge of Fort Worth's walkable core.


Hope that garage gets more ground level retail sooner than later.

 

 

Hey look! An interesting business. A boxing club is a cool thing to have. Will be neat watching people train while walking past.

 

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Posted 05 October 2016 - 06:00 PM

Studio Eighty is replacing Vee Lounge.  This is an article from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

 

http://www.star-tele...e106225812.html



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Posted 05 October 2016 - 09:41 PM

Hmmmm.  I always thought of Studio Eighty as kind of a dive bar.  Interesting that it's taking on downtown.


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Posted 23 January 2017 - 03:37 PM

Studio Eighty is replacing Vee Lounge.  This is an article from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

 

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Studio Eighty's former location on University is being demolished.



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Posted 23 January 2017 - 04:34 PM

As I said above, it was a bit of a dive, so that's not surprising to me.  I wonder if the Grotto will expand into the space (similar to Lola's Trailer Park)?  Or maybe something higher end, considering its location right on University?


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Posted 11 October 2017 - 05:39 PM

I read in FWWeekly that The Grotto will close by year end.
The article said that the Grotto building was sold to a large food and beverage provider and that the building would be demolished for new construction.
Any rumors on who the buyer is ?

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Posted 11 October 2017 - 06:43 PM

Wow. That is sad news.

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Posted 12 October 2017 - 05:00 PM

The Grotto's Swan Song

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