• Meet Tilman Fertitta, A Texas Native

     
    FROM THE Winter 2018 ISSUE
     

    One of the world’s richest restaurateurs debuts a new luxury hotel concept in Houston.

Tilman Fertitta is recognized as a world leader in the dining, hospitality, entertainment and gaming industries, but his $3.5 billion net worth is a far cry from where he started, peeling shrimp at his dad’s Galveston restaurant in the 1960s.

Now, Texas’ favorite son is planning the Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston, a high-end property anchoring a mixeduse development just steps away from the Galleria and the River Oaks District. It will offer a world of luxury, including a collection of Bentleys and Rolls-Royces.

“It’s on a different level entirely,” says Tilman Fertitta, the sole owner, chairman and CEO of Houston-based Fertitta Entertainment Inc., which owns the restaurant giant Landry’s, the Golden Nugget Casinos and Hotels and, most recently, the NBA’s Houston Rockets. 

The 700,000-square-foot Post Oak at Uptown Houston tower is one of the first master-planned vertical mixed-use projects in Houston that combines residential, restaurant, retail, office and hotel in a single building.

The hotel will offer 250 luxury rooms and suites, including the 1,500-square-foot Post Oak Suite and the 5,000-square-foot Presidential Suite. The Post Oak will feature a 16,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom with large pre-function areas, a 3,000-squarefoot Post Oak Ballroom, and an additional 10,000 square feet of breakout and conference space. Guests of the hotel will have access to the spa, salon and fitness center as well as a resort pool.

Dining options in the mixed-use complex will include Texas’ first Mastro’s Steakhouse and Willie G’s Seafood, which will be relocating to The Post Oak with both indoor seating and a large outdoor patio area. Several additional restaurants are expected to be announced soon. The Post Oak at Uptown Houston will offer 20 executive residential units, as well as 11 floors of boutique office space. 

Fertitta has owned the 10-acre development land for several years and says the time is right to provide customers a high-end hotel with services that weren’t widely available in Houston before now. According to Fertitta, completion of the development is slated for early 2018. 

“I’ve heard people comment around the country that Houston didn’t have high-end hotels,” Fertitta says. “Well, we’ve got one now.”  

You’d be hard-pressed to find a better champion of Amarillo than Hope Stokes, director of brand management for the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council. Born and raised in the Texas Panhandle city, she graduated from nearby West Texas A&M University and her first job in the tourism industry was as an intern at the council. Stokes shared with us her love of her hometown.

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Texas is bursting with history.  Ever  wonder how the authenticity and legacy of those landmarks are maintained and upheld for everyone to enjoy? It’s thanks to individuals like Pamela Jary Rosser, Alamo conservator. A ninth generation Texan, Rosser was born in San Antonio and has a degree in fine arts and art history. She studied conservation in Italy with a team that worked on the Sistine Chapel, as well as Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose. Rosser was kind enough to share her passion for history with us.

 

Gail Davis, founder and president of Dallas-based GDA Speakers, was working in corporate training for EDS when the phone rang. “One of my mentors called me and said, ‘There’s a position in the events department, and I think you should do it. It would be so easy for a working mom,’” says Davis, before adding wryly, “It was clearly someone who had never planned events.”