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  1. Houston 1967 street view question

    I believe that's a median in the picture - it's a 6 lane divided street.
  2. Houston 1967 street view question

    From the height of the buildings in the distance I'd say it's east of 59. Anybody got a directory for that year? Look up Gulf stations. Looks like a 4 lane cross street, 2-way. Love the gas prices.
  3. Meyerland Plaza

    I had noticed all the signage had been taken down from the BBVA Compass bank and there was no work going on after it flooded.
  4. Old Houston Children's TV Program?

    Hi JGM - Here's a research project for you. This is Radio Discussions Retro TV Schedules board. There are people who collect/obsess about these things. I have posted either on this board or one of it's predecessors about Houston TV schedules. Mostly the schedules come from TV Guides, which means they will list all TV stations in the market. I tried the search feature (Advanced Search: Houston:Post titles only) and kept getting database errors. You might try, otherwise you're just going to have to scroll the pages (there are only 315 of them!!!) looking for Houston schedules. Maybe at least you can identify the station and the name of the show. You might also try Googling for Houston Retro TV schedules with your date range, or some similar phraseology. Do you remember if it was a weekday afternoon show or a Saturday morning show?
  5. So they'll be adjacent to the JC Penney. There was some truth to the rumor on Next Door last year. A poster on ND who claimed to have talked to the property manager of the strip on S. Braeswood said HEB had less than 24 months on their lease and it was cheaper to pay it off than fix the store. Since they didn't own the property they couldn't make the improvements they wanted to 'guarantee' the store wouldn't flood again. So apparently they'd already been scouting sites well before Harvey. FWIW, another poster said there were already plans for another HEB 'superstore' on the SW side not near Meyerland, too.
  6. Certainly would be ok with me if they took over Randall's - well, it's a little far, but I could deal with it. But is that 85,000 sf? And did it flood at all? It's still very close to the bayou. I know water got up to the sign on W. Bellfort for the Kroger @ S. Post Oak but not in the store, which is on a rise. I don't know what happened on the other side of Post Oak but there was a lot of flooding in Willowbend back behind that Randall's. Hadn't ever thought about Westbury Square. Is there room for an 85,000 sf store and parking lot? The mention of JC Penney was just a rumor on Next Door and I never thought it was likely. According to the Bellaire HEB thread, the store there is either going to be 70 or 75,000 sf, not 85. Wish they would come out closer to me -- take over the site of the former K-Mart on Beechnut @ 59/69, demolish it and start over. I don't think that strip has ever been completely occupied since K-Mart closed and the only thing worth saving in there is Tau Bay Noodle House. Of course, the surrounding neighborhoods are not as upscale as Meyerland and it's not very close to Meyerland, but .....
  7. Not surprising. It would only have made sense to try to re-open it if they could double-decker it and that might not have been worth the investment. From discussions on Next Door it seems quite a few homeowners in Meyerland are hoping for a Fema buyout offer and the population of the neighborhood is probably going to decline. A thread on Next Door today says a new 85,000 sq. ft. location with Kosher bakery and deli will be announced by the end of the month. Another poster says the deal is not final but close. That's 'new' and 'to be announced' so presumably it's something other than the Bellaire store. I'll be interested to know where they'll find that kind of space close to Meyerland. When the store was closed after the Memorial Day floods in 2015 posters on ND said HEB would have abandoned the store then if they had not already known they'd be shutting the Bellaire store for months, leaving the nearest HEB stores on Buffalo Speedway, off 288 in Pearland, on Hwy 6 in Missouri City and Hwy 6 @ 90 in Sugar Land. Another post on ND claimed HEB was trying to get the JC Penney space in Meyerland Plaza. Meanwhile, the WM Neighborhood Market on Hillcroft, between Meyerland and Maplewood, is undergoing upgrades. Looks nice so far. Probably already planned before Harvey but timely.
  8. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    I think I finally figured out what you're talking about. One of the first locations of Cafe Express was on Kirby; I remember it was the first one I went to. Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie was part of the ownership and they had (and still have) Black Currant tea. According to their history they first went into business in 1984.
  9. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    Correcting myself (I think) - the original Hobbit Hole was on Shepherd north of Vermont, not Welch, in an old house. It was not right on the corner. Best guess is the place now occupied by Who Made The Cake?
  10. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    I realize 46 pages is a lot to read but probably all of the places that have been mentioned recently have been mentioned before and the HAIF search feature works pretty good. Just confine your search to this thread and you'll get links to individual posts. It may help to jog some memories. And then there's this thread in the Dining, Shopping and Entertainment forum. It's only 15 pages . This Historic Houston forum used to be one of the most active on this board. I miss those days. It's good to see some activity.
  11. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    There were two Jamail's groceries - the larger, better known one was on the west side of Kirby between Alabama and Richmond, near House of Pies. A smaller one, run by a different branch of the family I was told, was on the west side of Shepherd at Indiana and is now a Petco. There was a lot of glass on the front of the Kirby store and parking in front and to the south side of the building. There were few windows on the Shepherd store and parking was on the north side of the building, not on the street side. The original location of the Hobbit Hole was on the east side of Shepherd, just north of Welch, as I recall, so north of the Shepherd Jamail's. It was originally strictly vegetarian, perhaps macrobiotic? Years later it moved over on Richmond, between Greenbriar and Kirby, into a former gay bar called the Galleon. The name now is Hobbit Cafe but I think the original name was Hobbit Hole. Meat has been added to the menu, possibly long before the move. I remember the Red Zinger Tea from the early years, but not the Black Currant, which doesn't mean they didn't have it. HH was table service, not counter service. One place south of the Shepherd Jamail's on the same side of the street was Luke's Burgers but there have been many eateries on both sides of the street along there over the years. Wish I could remember what was in Luke's place before Luke. A little bit of Hobbit history, from the website.
  12. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    Don's Seafood - on Post Oak, east side of the street, between Alabama and Hidalgo or Hidalgo and Richmond, not sure which. That was a hot place. Landry's was still comprised of the original four families from Opelousas. Was that or Magnolia Bar their first place? I went only once and got frustrated by the long wait and left. Bad move on my part.
  13. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    Right at the corner of Westheimer and Whitney, 500? And there was a Moroccan place there at one time, now Dolce Vita (Pizza). I worked a block from there but was never in the neighborhood at night by that time and never went to any of those. ETA: Or was Happy Buddha a Moroccan place?
  14. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    There was a Christie's at 5911 Bellaire @ Renwick; according to the website in must've opened in the 1960s. I went there a couple of times. According to the website there also was a smaller, mostly take-out place on S. Post Oak. That's a new one on me. I was told back in the 70s by a native Houstonian who introduced me to Christie's that the Bellaire location was by a different branch of the family and not co-owned with the S. Main and eventual Westheimer locations. Maybe he had it wrong since it's on the website. Scroll down for some timeline photos and down at the bottom click on the About Us link for more history.
  15. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    Cattle Rustlers Steak Buffet - mentioned earlier in this thread. I was thinking it had the word cattle in the name but maybe it was just called Cattle Rustlers? I went only once, really no memories. It was right at the first entrance to the mall parking lot on the SB feeder, where the Gaylynn theater was.