HOUSTON, June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In San Antonio, everything
old is new again. Following an $11 million redevelopment effort under the
leadership of Landry's Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE: LNY), the famed Tower of
the Americas is destined to once again serve as one of Texas' premier
cultural and entertainment destinations.
In 2004, the San Antonio City Council unanimously awarded Landry's a
contract to redevelop the landmark, which will re-open to the public at 5
p.m. on June 21, 2006. A Texas-based company, Landry's knows that
everything is bigger and better in the Lone Star State -- and the Tower of
the Americas is no exception. Soaring to 750 feet in height, it is the
tallest observation tower in the state and the second-tallest in the
nation, resting on an expanded base of 2,400 tons of concrete and
supporting a remarkable three- level revolving restaurant, lounge and
observation deck. Built in honor of the 1968 World's Fair by renowned
architectural firm Ford Powell & Carson, Inc., who also worked with
Landry's in the redevelopment, the Tower of the Americas is a testimony to
the pioneering spirit of Texas now more than ever.
"The Tower of the Americas is a focal point for San Antonio and a major
attraction for the entire state," said Tilman Fertitta, Landry's chairman,
president and CEO. "Our goal was to bring the Tower into the 21st century
while retaining the charm and aura that have drawn Texans to it for
The crowning jewel of the renovation is its revolving restaurant, Eyes
Over Texas at the Tower of the Americas, which has been transformed into a
250-seat fine dining experience. From the glass elevators taken from the
base of the Tower to the floor-to-ceiling windows that encase the dining
area, San Antonio and beyond is showcased throughout the restaurant. Chef
Andrew Friend, formerly of New Orleans' famed Brennan's-owned Mr. B's
Bistro and Susan Spicer's Bayona, uses his Cajun flair to create
sensational Texas fare, mixing top-notch steak offerings with daily
innovative specials. The Eyes Over Texas' second-floor lounge provides
additional space to relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring panoramic view. From
the warm mesquite and mahogany accenting the dining room to the honey
calcite bar glowing amber in the lounge one floor up, Eyes Over Texas
exudes a chic yet classic take on the traditional Texas dining experience.
At the very top of the tower, the open-air observation deck offers
mesmerizing views of the city below. Photographs positioned around the
deck's floor pinpoint landmarks to help visitors identify their
surroundings. With the horizon stretching before them and an ever-present
breeze blowing, visitors look out from an unparalleled perch above the city
at its many monuments and attractions; with the state's historical flags
hanging behind them in the Institute of Texas Culture-curated Flags over
Texas exhibit, they are equally able to consider its history.
Attractions abound on ground level with the new Tower Cafe, the Skies
Over Texas 4D theater and a store offering items that celebrate Texas
heritage greeting guests at the base of the tower. The cobblestone plaza is
accented with waterfalls, greenery and inventive lighting, and can host
events for up to 4,000 people.
Visitors get a sweeping view of Texas with both feet firmly planted on
the ground inside Skies Over Texas, a new 50-seat, $4 million multi-sensory
"We've worked very closely with Landry's Restaurants to make this ride
rival anything found in the best theme parks in the world," said CRM
Studios Chief Creative Officer Steve Dunning. "The 3D and 4D technology is
top-notch and really gives riders an accurate experience of some of the
most thrilling and beautiful elements of Texas."
4D technology is a video-production process that puts viewers squarely
in the middle of the action by incorporating sensory elements that create
realistic and involving experiences that can be coordinated with 3D video
"I attended the original opening of the Tower of the Americas, and
remember how exhilarating that was," said Manny Ortiz, general manager of
Eyes Over Texas. "We want San Antonioans to feel the same way about the
rebirth of this one-of-a-kind attraction." From its opening day, the Tower
of the Americas has epitomized the Texan state of mind to both native
Texans and visitors from around the country.
The Tower of the Americas observation deck and Flags Over Texas
exhibit, the Tower Cafe and Skies Over Texas will be open Sunday through
Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.
to 11 p.m. Eyes Over Texas will be open for lunch and dinner Sunday through
Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.
to 11 p.m.
Landry's Restaurants, Inc., is one of the nation's largest and fastest
growing casual-dining, entertainment and hospitality companies. Publicly
traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol LNY, Landry's owns
and operates more than 300 properties, including Landry's Seafood House,
Joe's Crab Shack, The Crab House, Rainforest Cafe, Charley's Crab, Willie
G's Seafood & Steak House, The Chart House and Saltgrass Steak House.
Landry's also owns several icon developments, including: Downtown Aquarium
complexes in Houston and Denver; Kemah Boardwalk, a magnificent 40-acre,
family-oriented themed entertainment destination; and the Golden Nugget
hotel-casino properties in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada. The company
employs 38,000 workers in 36 states.
SOURCE Landry's Restaurants, Inc.