Haidar Barbouti, owner of Highland Village for 23 years, has been a pioneer in real property investments through numerous entities. This includes activities in the United States since 1986. In 1990, Mr. Barbouti acquired the historic shopping center the 4000 block of Houston thoroughfare Westheimer Road. The principal drive in real estate investments of the Barbouti family has been Haidar Barbouti in the United States. Barbouti’s leadership has led to manifold transitions at Highland Village. In 1994, the center was selected by Starbucks to accommodate its first shop in Houston. He also led an initiative in the early 2000s to reshape Highland Village and attract large national stores to his center.
Haidar Barbouti was a scholar at Columbia University and has spent the entirety of his impressive career in Retail Real Estate business. Haidar’s commercial property management reaches span from Houston to New York City. His knowledge and experience have guided him in the procurement, progression and management of multiple real estate investments in Houston, Texas. He also has more than 20 years of professional business experience in commercial property field. The real estate investments in the U.S include office buildings, shopping centers and commercial properties including development lands, condominium conversion, and other investments.
As the Director of Leasing for Highland Shopping Center, Haidar handles leasing more than 150 million dollars worth of high-end retail property. He is also responsible for portfolio management, lease negotiations, redevelopment and daily operations.
Apart from Commercial property, Haidar Barbouti also has a strong affection for children and animals. He holds a special place in his heart for such defenseless and small beings around us. He has over the years made generous contributions of resources and time. He is known throughout the Houston community for his charitable acts. One of his charitable donations was offering retail space he owns to help create the Highland Village Adoption Center, a pet adoption center.
Haidar Barbouti has no experience or culinary degree in running a restaurant, but two major things he knows is: How to make money and what good food tastes like. He feels that most of the food served is a fraud and disgrace and doesn’t even look like food. He thinks ‘If people spend good money to eat out they should get real portions of real food’. This prompted him to build one of his own. When he decided to put up a third story on the east end, he thought it would be a superb spot for a restaurant with a large patio overlooking the Galleria area and open windows.