Haidar Barbouti comes from a family that’s always speculated in various real estate dealings since the 1980s. Therefore, it’s no wonder that Haidar has an interest in commercial real estate. Although he studied at Columbia University in real estate development and business, his interests also include children and his love for animals. However, the Highland Village Shopping Center is obviously one of his favorite properties where he devotes his time and energy.
Barbouti purchased the shopping property in 1990, which is situated in Houston. After acquiring the investment property, Barbouti used his creative genius to breathe new life into the historic district by recruiting several new retailers to meet the demands of the high-end community.
As the manager of redevelopment, daily operations and leasing negotiations, Haidar signed up big retail names like Create & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Starbucks, Apple Store and Williams-Sonoma.
However, regardless of the many fine retailers he brought in, something was still missing. This high-end property needed an upscale restaurant to cater to the wealthy and serve the finest culinary experience.
After traveling abroad, Haidar was inspired by European open-air restaurants that served exquisite food in a relaxed and tasteful setting. Although, he didn’t have a background or experience in setting up restaurants, his desire for good food and management experience led the way for him to design and open Up Restaurant in the Highland Village Center. Today, restaurant patrons enjoy the ambiance and gourmet foods made fresh daily, which are served in ample portions.
Whether it was destiny calling or Haidar’s love of animals, by 2008 Haidar found himself involved with a new project called the Highland Village Adoption Center. He was contacted by a group who wanted to reduce the euthanasia of local animals. Although the group had formulated a campaign program called “Home for the Holidays”, they were desperate for a place to run their operation.
Haidar was immediately impressed with their goals and provided space free of charge in the shopping center at Highland Village.
Whether Haidar is scoping out new retail commercial operations for business opportunities or lending a helping hand to animal causes, you can be sure he’ll be giving back to the community. Find more about Barbouti on his Twitter page.