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  1. Midtown Sears

    I can't help but think of the symmetry of the events that bookend the opening and closing of this store. It was opened in the wake of the previous flagship store at what is now Allen Parkway and Montrose suffering significant damage from a major flood. Fast-forward almost eighty years, and here we are a little over a month after Harvey's catastrophic flooding, and the long-expected closure is finally announced. Plus ├ža change... Sears in Houston
  2. 4002 N Main Street

    Good God! King's Bierhaus, Heights Bier Garten, and now Stuttgarden Tavern. How many German beer halls can Houston support before critical mass is achieved and the demagogue leader of a radical fringe group attempts a putsch?
  3. Neil Frank might say "I'm not dead yet!" (although he has gotten on in years, and I believe he is 85 now). KHOU has been known to bring him back when there is a major storm headed our way, and in fact, he was on briefly as Harvey loomed: Dr. Neil Frank discusses Hurricane Harvey ' 10 p.m.
  4. Yep. I pay what works out to less than $40/month for a flood policy, and our house has never come close to flooding, even during Allison, Ike, and now Harvey. Even if your house has never flooded from storms, you aren't immune from a water main break.
  5. Fieopened asta on 1960

    You should be able to turn off the touchpad via settings (for Windows, Fn + F9 frequently works depending on which flavor of Windows it's running), unless your workplace has locked out the ability for you to access certain settings.
  6. Defunct Houston Restaurants

    It had two fires, in 1985 and 1986. I don't think it ever reopened after the first one. Don't recall what caused the fires, but at least one of them was rumored to be arson. There was a recent auction on eBay for a photo of the second fire from the Chronicle's library: 1986 Press Photo Fireman Put of Fire that Damaged the Happy Buddha at Restaurant
  7. Opening Dates/First Movies Shown at Theatres

    I just drove past the old Deauville Twin site on I-45 this afternoon, and wondered what, if any, vestiges of the theaters are still visible within the Family Dollar that currently occupies the site. Perhaps a field trip is in order when I have more time - it's been years since I've even been in the parking lot there, let alone inside any of the stores.
  8. Braun to redevelop 4721 N. Main

    Didn't you get the memo? The painstaking enumeration of microaggressions has assumed primacy over such outdated, oppressive relics of the colonial era as "quality" and "aesthetics".
  9. Opening Dates/First Movies Shown at Theatres

    How did you find out the opening dates? Did you already have the year and maybe the month, and just dug through microfilm until you found the exact dates and the movie listings, or was there a better method? It would be interesting to see not only the listings for the opening but also the closing dates, extended to all the theaters in the Houston area, but that could be a major undertaking given the number of theaters that have opened and closed over the years.
  10. 110 S Heights Blvd

    I'm fine with the list methodology as it is - I think most people who are into 'cue enough to seek out places like the ones on the list are well aware of how long you have to wait in line at some of them. That said, I have yet to eat at Franklin's, and probably never will as long as a wait of several hours is required. The last time I was in Austin and wanted barbecue, I went to Micklethwait's instead, which you will note is #8 on the Texas Monthly list and is specifically mentioned as having a wait time of only 15-30 minutes. When I was there, it was closer to 10-15 minutes, and the meat was outstanding. It's about as far from fancy as you can get, but it reminded me of what Austin used to be like in the 70s and 80s, and now that much of the city has been steamrolled by unbridled, inexorable growth, any remaining vestige of that era is most welcome.
  11. 2412 Washington Avenue

    I was pleasantly surprised to see that almost half the comments in that Swamplot piece were pro-Pig Stand, and were clearly from folks who had patronized it before its untimely closure.
  12. I was a fairly regular customer of Eatzi's, and will be happy to see them return, but the local dining landscape is very different now from what it was when they were previously here - there is a lot more competition in the same space they occupied, and there are a lot of newcomers who weren't around for the previous iteration and thus have no memories of it. It'll be interesting to see what location(s) they wind up deciding on.
  13. HISD Building on Richmond

    I was in Cluster C for second grade there as well (or "Unit C", as I remember the sign above the entrance stating). It was my first year at HV Elem, and to my second-grade eyes the classroom seemed vast. I think there were either three or four teachers assigned to the room, with each one rotating around to different sections depending on what activities were in process. Do you know if the cluster classrooms are still there in a recognizable form? I'd have to think they'd have been subdivided into smaller rooms long ago. I occasionally pass by the school while driving down 249, but I don't think I've been inside it since fifth grade.