Haidar Barbouti is a real estate developer based in Houston, Texas. Mr Barbouti has been in the real estate industry since 1986, being involved in real estate investments the world over. Having gained an experience of over 20 years in the commercial property field has enabled Mr Barbouti to give guidance on the acquiring, developing and operating real estate investments. The investments in real estate made by Mr. Haidar include shopping centres, office complexes, commercial properties, development lands among others. Other than his investments, Mr Haidar has contributed greatly by donating his time and resources to help those in need.
The Highland Village Shopping Centre among the notable investments of Mr Haidar.
Highland Village Shopping Centre is a shopping centre located in Houston, Texas, built in the 1940s by S.N. Adams. Adams also established Oak Estates and Highland Village subdivisions, bordering the centre. The centre has been owned since 1991 by Haidar Barbouti’s Highland Village Holdings. In 1994, the centre was chosen by Starbucks to house its shop, which was the first in Houston. In 2000, Mr Barbouti led efforts to reshape the centre in a bid to attract large national stores to set up shop at the centre. The centre consists of stores of the likes of Anthropologie and Pottery Barn. In 2008, the Highland Village Adoption Centre was set up using space donated by the centre. The centre is a pet adoption centre. In 2010, Quality Life Fitness opened at the centre. The centre also houses various restaurants, among them Mr Haidar’s Up Restaurant.
The Up Restaurant has open windows and a large patio, which overlooks the Galleria area. In operation of his restaurant, Haidar has been vocal about food and how chefs in other restaurants prepare it. He has referred to it as a shame and fraud that chefs decorate a plate with only three ounces of fish. He further states that if people are spending money to eat out, they should be entitled to real proportions of real food. Access to the restaurant white-table cloth restaurant is by elevator only. When the weather is conducive, the windows to the restaurant are opened and the patio is packed to capacity with patrons. The menu ranges from salads to pizzas. There are also Asian dishes and Italian pastas. Mr. Barbouti selects all the meals to be included in the menu. He also tastes and makes necessary tweaks to the recipes.