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#144061 Oncor/Old Electric Building Getting Revamp

Posted by JBB on 25 January 2023 - 10:48 AM

Maybe my memory is fuzzy, but wasn't there also some sort of major alteration that was going to be needed for stairwells in the building for it to ever be used again?  I may be mixing up two different buildings.

Makes me wonder if it's a fault of 1980's postmodernist-style skyscrapers that they're just not amenable to change-of-use. Were their architects so shortsighted that they couldn't imagine the buildings becoming obsolete for office use, and then facing conversion to another use, or implosion? What design changes, if any, would have saved Landmark Tower from implosion in favor of residential conversion?

Not to split hairs, but there was nothing 1980s postmodern about Landmark. It was completed as it stood when demolished in the late 50s, but I get the point you're making.

#144044 West 7th Development

Posted by JBB on 24 January 2023 - 08:17 PM

As the ad suggests, it was a "Super" Bar.  It was more than just salads.


This Wendy's in Bedford still has a solarium on either side of the dining room: https://www.google.c...l=en&authuser=0

#143763 Frisco - Universal Park & Resort

Posted by JBB on 11 January 2023 - 05:15 PM

It's a little scant on details, much more so than their simultaneous Vegas announcement, but I have a lot more faith in this happening than a quarter billion dollar Dude Perfect HQ.  Just from the concept art I would say that this has the look of a souped stay and play like Great Wolf Lodge.  And that's not a bad thing.  For size reference, the Florida park is currently over 500 acres and I believe it will double in size when their new park opens in a couple of years.  The California park is 400 acres.

#143747 Buc-ee's Hillsboro (I-35 and US 77)

Posted by JBB on 11 January 2023 - 10:05 AM

I've only been to Buc-ee's a couple of times outside of road trips for many of the reasons you list above.


I've only tried any of their BBQ one time and that was enough.  It's not smoked onsite and it's just not that good.  The only hot food I've had is their hot dogs and they were pretty good.  I do like their branded snacks and beef jerky and their fountain drinks are also priced better than most stores.


I hate eating in the car, so I'm bothered by them not having anywhere to sit.


The crowds come with the territory and I don't go often enough to let it bother me.  I've been to probably a half dozen or more of their location and the one on the Alabama/Florida border is by far the craziest.  It's at the last turn off for Gulf Shores and catches all of the Panhandle traffic coming and going.  It's a smaller store with 2 entrances instead of 3 and the entrances and exits to the parking area are both on the back side of the store.


I've always thought the no-nonsense attitude of the employees was part of their quick service business model.  As for it being a better than average employer, I wouldn't interpret higher pay as making it a good place to work.  Everything I've ever heard indicates that their employees earn that.  Long shifts standing the entire time, very short break times, and dealing with constant crowds.  In other words, it's a typical service industry job.

#143652 West 7th Development

Posted by JBB on 07 January 2023 - 10:05 AM

Years ago, I'd occasionally watch that show Bar Rescue.

A restaurant in Colleyville that I like was featured on one of the restaurant rescue reality shows a couple of years ago. They were in their 3rd location and had struggled for years, but had a huge loyal following.  I had always thought through observing in person and on social media that the owner was in over his head.  The episode of the show confirmed that.  The owner had no experience running a restaurant, had a complicated and costly menu, didn't make enough money to hire competent kitchen staff and had to do everything himself, and was operating in a strip center space that had previously been a coffee shop and had made no renovations to make it an adequate restaurant space.  The advice from the show made for an amazing transformation and they seem to be thriving.  There are a lot of people out there that think that they have the business acumen to operate a bar or restaurant and many fail because they have no idea what they are doing.

#143591 New development proposed on Camp Bowie at Gingerman location?

Posted by JBB on 04 January 2023 - 08:10 AM

It looks like the tower crane is coming down this morning.

#143580 New Year's Eve

Posted by JBB on 02 January 2023 - 10:18 PM

That post you quoted was from last year.

#143568 TCU to the Big 12!

Posted by JBB on 02 January 2023 - 10:17 AM

I feel like Georgia will be a tougher opponent than Michigan, but very few people gave TCU much of a chance in the semifinals.  The few people I know that made the trip to Phoenix said that it was a great experience.

#143558 TCU to the Big 12!

Posted by JBB on 01 January 2023 - 03:40 PM

Fantastic win for TCU and for the city.  

#143482 New Year's Eve

Posted by JBB on 28 December 2022 - 04:19 PM

Sundance Square New Year's Eve celebration is back:



#143444 Forum Meetings - Last Friday of the Month: 11:45

Posted by JBB on 26 December 2022 - 08:30 AM

I'm working that day, so I'll try to be there.

#143384 20 acres east of downtown (by Topgolf) for sale

Posted by JBB on 22 December 2022 - 11:17 AM

This project appears to be going vertical: elevator shafts and some steel and wood framing near 4th St. have gone up in the last week.

#143369 New development proposed on Camp Bowie at Gingerman location?

Posted by JBB on 21 December 2022 - 03:15 PM

I'm gonna speculate that your reason for asking about all these restaurants is that you skipped lunch and you're hungry.

#143320 Are Enclosed Malls Dying?

Posted by JBB on 19 December 2022 - 12:14 PM

The redevelopment of the North Hills Mall site is in full swing.  It slowed down after city hall and an apartment complex were built and the single family component is now in full swing.  Hopefully this will lead to some revitalization of the downtrodden retail along 26.



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#143309 Dude Perfect $100M Interactive Theme Park and Headquarters

Posted by JBB on 18 December 2022 - 08:53 PM

I'm a bit skeptical that this project will actually happen.