500 Crawford — the new development across the street from Minute Maid Park — will include what promises to be one of Houston's best new restaurants.
Apartment buildings are almost like hot days in Houston: Every time you turn around, there’s another one.
With cranes in the sky across the city, it’s becoming more and more difficult to stand out in the Houston rental arena. Marvy Finger, the legendary developer behind such city-changing projects as One Park Place, may have found a way to make one of his new developments unforgettable, though.
500 Crawford — the soon-to-open, seven-floor mid-rise that overlooks Minute Maid Park — will include two new restaurants, including an absolute showstopper.
“There’s going to be a very extravagant Italian restaurant in the building,” Finger tells PaperCity in an exclusive interview. “With the amount of money spent with an investor, it will be the finest Italian restaurant in Houston. I’m talking finish-wise. It is going to be a stunning space, really unlike anything we’ve had in Houston before. Now, hopefully we’ll sign someone to make the food live up to the setting. It has a chance to be really special.”
When the 79-year-old Finger is this excited about something, it’s best to pay attention, because Marvy Finger is not given to hyperbole. Despite all his successes, Finger gets nervous every time one of his new buildings opens, and he takes nothing for granted. He doesn’t do gushing. Yet, when it comes to this forthcoming Italian restaurant at 500 Crawford, Finger nearly waxes poetic. While the chef hasn’t been signed yet, it’s apparent this is going to be an ultra-serious kitchen with grand ambitions.
The high-end Italian spot willhave company, as well. The building will also house an “upscale diner” that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and a bar that stays open late. Finger believes this more casual, utilitarian spot will be a major bonus for residents of the mid-rise. There almost always will be an eatery right downstairs for them to hang out in and grab a bite.
Even before Finger revealed the restaurant plans to us, 500 Crawford promised to be heavy on perks. Its fitness center is a massive 3,000-square-foot retreat. “The athletic facilities are extensive,” Finger says. “It has a chance to be the finest gym in this part of the country. It’s special.”
The fine-dining Italian restaurant figures to garner the most attention, though. It’s the kind of showcase spot that will have movers and shakers who aren’t even in the market for an apartment taking notice of 500 Crawford. It also will be something different — and much more high-end — for the neighborhood around Minute Maid and BBVA Compass Stadium.
For more on Finger and real estate in Houston, check out the complete 16-page special section in the October issue of PaperCity Magazine. It hits newsstands on October 1.