Ballpark Village next to Minute Maid Park

Long time lurker, first time poster.

A few years ago, Jim Crane bought the land Home Plate BBQ site on, with the intent of building a ballpark village mixed use development.

On January 6th, Home Plate BBQ quietly closed its doors and auctioned off its equipment. Since then, the entire site has been fenced in. The SP 982 steam engine is slated to be moved this week. The Cohn house will be moved temporarily next to 59 and MMP.

While the Astros haven’t publicly said anything, today demolition of Home Plate BBQ began. Considering the timing, I predict the Astros will announce their ballpark village plans during Astros Fan Fest.


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Nice scoop!

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Proper execution, interesting news, not a Cabrera in sight?

We’ve got a promising rookie on our hands, boys!


Yep. And the key seems to be that period of self-imposed RMPL before he was called up to the “bigs”.


Just to clear up some confusion, the land Tigereye is talking about is across Texas Street, where the Home Plate “Bar and Grill” used to be (down the street from where the BUS used to be). This is not the same as Jackson St. BBQ on the other side of the park at Congress and Jackson, which actually does sell barbecue.

The embedded tweets refer to Home Plate “BBQ” which confused me as I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything that I’d consider edible at Home Plate Bar & Grill much less anything that seemed like barbecue. But, it’s a place to get a beer next to the stadium as was fine as long as nobody asked more of it.


I once ate at the Home Plate Bar & Grill. Once.

I always wonder if I am the only person who uses this phrase this way because of the 80’s movie Johnny Dangerously. You know come to think of it, I only saw that movie once.

I use it all the time. I know Limey does as well. And Johnny Dangerously is a very underrated movie.

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I do as well.

“It shoots through schools” didn’t age well, did it?

You know your last name’s an adverb?

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Fargin iceholes

I LOVE shelf paper!


More updates on this. The land will be come a parking lot first as the design for the Astros mixed use isn’t complete yet.

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Nice piece from McTaggart on Joe Smith: