9 thoughts on “Lone Star Brewery Unveils First Major Tenants

  1. They will fill a void that did not need filling with the same crap that exists in everywhere USA. What a tortured view of the history and innate beauty of the river ! I waited years for Lone Star to be developed and now wish it would remain frozen in time.

    • How can you say that? What could be more fun than singing karaoke to Rick Astley’s “Never Going to Give You Up” among out-of-town patrons armed with pitchers of stale beer and overpriced nachos at Punch Bowl Social?

      After I take in a movie that is three weeks past its first run release at CineMark, I can then try to find my oversized SUV among the other oversized SUVs in the surface parking lots. This will soon become TripAdvisor’s Number 1 attraction to visit “while in the area.”

  2. A little more work needs to be done on the history. To clarify, the building at 600 Lone Star was built in the 30’s. The original Lone Star Brewery, built in the 1800’s, is at 200 W. Jones, and is now home to the San Antonio Museum of Art. In my opinion, it also reflects a much grander vision for re-purposing historic buildings than what is being proposed at 600 Lone Star.

    • Thank you for clarifying that history. I wholeheartedly agree that The Pearl and SAMA represent a much more impactful way of re-purposing historic structures than turning them into strip malls or 7-11s. I went to the Untapped music festival last year on the grounds of the Lone Star Brewery last fall. The area has such a cool vibe to it, it seems a shame to dull that with bland, commercial chains rather than unique businesses that reflect our local character and culture.

      • Thank you Robert for your historical correction. The current article has been corrected to reflect the accurate history.

  3. I think that we should be happy for news like this, and I think that we set ourselves up for failure when we hope for a replication of the Pearl. The Pearl is an anomaly. It never would have happened without Kit Goldsbury, who could sit on the property for years while it gained in value. It is, in my opinion, the most transformative development in Texas, but it took a lot of effort and a large balance sheet. Yes, one of the great elements of the Pearl are the local tenants. That being said, the catalytic anchor of the complex was the Culinary Institute of America, which, as wonderful as it is as a restaurant incubator, was never necessarily a local establishment. The Pearl, as it evolved, could survive by subsequently leasing to local tenants, but didn’t get off the ground because of them.

    LoneStar is a different animal. There have been attempts to redevelop the site for over a decade. It was a brownfield site requiring a lot of environmental clean up. It is on the south portion of downtown, and doesn’t have the adjacency to demographics that are most attractive to retailers (high incomes). Rent levels in the area just started to get to a level for feasible multifamily development. So, to get the investment interest in redeveloping the site, the developers needed to get some national, credit worthy, tenants to anchor it. Just because they haven’t announced a Local Coffee or a bike shop doesn’t mean that there won’t be spaces for those tenants. It just means that to get the development off the ground, some credit worthy tenants needed to be secured.

    I personally believe that Lone Star is going to be an excellent development. I think it is great that these two tenants are making their way downtown. I also expect that a lot of the historical structures will be preserved.

    David

    • What I fear is that the new development at Lone Star will end up being more La Cantera, full of character-less national brands and chains, and less Pearl, where locals and tourists can experience an array of stores that show what a dynamic city we are. I understand that the Pearl developed in a very unique way that would be difficult to replicate, but I doubt many are looking for an exact facsimile of the Pearl. Instead, I hope that Lone Star will eventually develop its own identity as a destination, not be a blank palette to airdrop chain stores onto.

      • The developers envision this as a mix of both, from what I’ve heard. Yes, there will be Urban Outfitters-like retail outlets, but to be honest, it is frustrating that the only place we can go for higher end shops is all the way to La Cantera. I personally am excited for the mix of national chains and local establishments they’re striving toward here. We are so spoiled by The Pearl in San Antonio–this place will have soul and it will ALSO have high credit national tenants looking to rebrand into a historic site.

        I always prefer to go local, but not everyone feels that way. Lots of people are going to love Punch Bowl Social and will appreciate a new, comfortable movie theater option that’s not all the way at The Rim. Rivercenter and Quarry theaters are run down.

        Please also note that there will be abundant apartments in this development, so it won’t be all tourists.

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