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brucesw last won the day on November 27 2011

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  1. Some time before stepping down at 13, Ward signed off one night as David Ward, explaining it was his real name and he was tired of not being able to use it, or something like that. It made the news the next day (Chron) but didn't last long as his employer made him return to using Dave until his (already announced I think) retirement. Makes sense from the company's point of view, of course, as they had spent years and years and who knows how much in promotional efforts promoting their lead anchor as 'Dave Ward,' not David. So maybe he's the one who suggested or even demanded that he be referred to as David.
  2. Interesting to think how much of 'downtown Bellaire' was farming land just 70 years ago. This is 2 short blocks west of the Bellaire HEB, 1 block north of the Bellaire Triangle - riding stables! I remember Westmoreland Dairy on Rice Ave, I think it was, where Sam's Club is now, some cattle in the fields behind the plant, and Pin Oak Stables on Post Oak Rd, now 610, south of the railroad tracks/Westpark, next to the original quonset hut studios of Channel 2.
  3. Kahn's reuben was the same as Alfred's as far as I could tell. And I'd agree - it's still the best I've ever had. Kahn's website (I think the son's name was Michael, had a line about 'everybody's good at doing something; I'm good at making sandwiches' - and he was.
  4. Can't help you with the first two but there were several Brittain's around, all gone, so far as I know. The last having been renamed Bellaire Broiler Burger at the intersection of BIssonnet and Bellaire, closed during the pandemic. A food truck has been operating at that location for a couple of months, claiming to have the recipes and planning on reopening the restaurant after remodeling the interior but I understand they gave up because of issues with the building and have shut the truck down. I'd like to find a broiler burger place but don't know of any. Alfred's - of course. Hamburger Steak Sandwich on an Egg Roll - one of the greatest burgers of all time! All locations gone for years. Alfred's son operated Kahn's Deli in the Village for a few years, just sandwiches, not the burger, but that's gone now, too.
  5. The early Dutch Kettles were knock-offs of Toddle Houses with almost identical menus, I think. While Toddle Houses were usually in free standing structures, early Kettles were in strip centers and ground floors of office buildings, with an exterior entrance. Just coffee shops, small diners. Yeah, 24 hours, breakfast served all day type thing. Should have done well right across from the Med Center, unless staffers aren't allowed to leave the building to eat??? There was one in the big strip center in Lake Jackson at the corner of Plantation and what was known as Loop Road in the 60s, right across from Restwood Cemetery. There was a big Weingarten's in that center, later an HEB, and a Sears Tire Store. I was getting new tires and went in there. My only visit to one but I was familiar with Toddle Houses from going to UT Austin. Later they had stand-alone facilities that were larger and more in competition with Denny's, Po' Folks, etc., more of a country diner. I think there was on on 332 in Lake Jackson about 20 years ago and more - not really sure of the name of that place. I think this is the company. There's a story behind a paywall in the Galveston Daily News about the one there on the Seawall that closed in 2012.
  6. The Briar Club? An entrance to the club was right across from the Post Office on Timmons, about the middle of the block, not right on the corner. Private 'Gentlemen's' Club or private dining club??? May be the former lanes.
  7. The address change may be a change of street name rather than a move by the establishment. I'm sure there's some discussion on HAIF about Old Main Street Road. Never heard of Jack Landers. I came across something on the Dentler family while looking up something for another post of yours recently. I'll look at it again. The George Dentler of Pier 21 was the son of the George Dentler who had the Dentler Maid potato chip company. The original Capt. Benny's was a boat, a real shrimp boat hauled up from the coast from what I've read. Plopped down on a shell lot at the corner of S. Main/Holcombe, hole cut in the side for a door and a bar and cooler installed inside according to my brother back then, who frequented in the early days. The web site said 1967 but I thought it was earlier than that. Still, I'd imagine Pier 21 predates it. There also the possibility of some other seafood restaurant in Houston using a boat or boat replica as part of their building.
  8. The address is now Riddims Club, which I've never heard of. Cool Runnings Jamaican Grill is the only business in that center I've been to. I think there was a shooting or small riot in the parking lot of the club maybe as much as 20 years ago. That may have had as much to do with the c-store on the end as the club. I have no idea when it closed. Per Wiki - Riddim is the Jamaican Patois pronunciation of the English word "rhythm". In the context of reggae, dancehall and séga music, it refers to the instrumental accompaniment to a song and is synonymous with the rhythm section. Wikipedia
  9. Yes, you are right. The ad in the original post is dated 1984 and shows that location still open. I saw that and was going to come back and correct my post but got engrossed in looking for a pic, too, and forgot. That ad does not list 6703.
  10. Christie's originated in Galveston in 1917. I had read it was just a stand on Seawall Blvd but the website says it was in the Tremont at first. Moved to Houston in '34 in the Med Center, then to 3512 Main. Does 'Med Center' mean the 6703 S. Main location? Website history The website used to claim Christie's had invented fish sticks but that was removed some time ago. I know I was in the 3512 location ca. 1971; I can't remember if we stayed to eat. If so, it probably was the only time I ate there. I ate at the one on Bellaire and the last one on Westheimer several times and probably also the one that replaced Gaido's at 9200 S. Main. I never knew of the one on S. Post Oak and possibly never the one at 6703 S. Main. I was puzzled by the Spanish Colonial style of 3512 but I see from Ross' link it wasn't originally built for Christie's. I think that location closed in the early 70s and sat vacant for years, as best I can recall.
  11. I've been in that Walgreens but it was decades ago. Also the Peru Gourmet (formerly Peru Gourmet Express) several times a few years ago. Seems like there was another place in there I went into once but can't recall. There was another Peruvian place, rotisserie chicken type place, for a short time on the other side of S. Post Oak where S. Willow dead ends and I thought there might be a community of Peruvian expats around. I think I remember a discussion of that Foodarama and what it was before somewhere on HAIF. I've had friends in Willowbend on both sides of S. Post Oak.
  12. Never knew of the original/earlier version. I don't believe I ever knew what was behind those strip centers on the west side of Main between Holcombe and University. I've seen Dean's on Fannin, I'm pretty sure. I usually head west on S. Braeswood if I'm coming out of TMC and never noticed it contained a deli. Looks like the deli became Bobob's and may or may not still be in operation according to YELP. One poster from out of town claims it was closed a month and a half ago. Looks like a pretty pricey menu for a restaurant in a convenience store. I hope some more of our posters who used to keep this Historic Houston forum so busy will notice all this activity. Most of what you've been posting about finding the ads for was when I was just a kid, coming to town with my parents, long before I moved here.
  13. Excerpt from American Shipper: Ro-ro cargo has been one of Port Freeport’s fastest growing segments over the last several years. The port has seen a $400 million increase in automobile imports since 2018, and has been exporting close to $1.5 billion in autos assembled in Texas annually. New cars arrive from Arlington, Texas, and are exported mostly to the Middle East. New imports arrive primarily from South Korea and India. Used cars are shipped off to West Africa, Booth said. “We get upwards of three ro-ro ships a week,” Booth said. “That’s the reason we decided to put an additional railroad dock out here, because we need to be able to handle more than one ship at a time.” Link to article.
  14. Mandola's Deli on Leeland - mostly known for sandwiches but some red sauce offerngs. UH mafia? Since 1975 Maceo's - Galveston. well, the M word was used. Lunch counter only, small daily menu. Other Italian places on Galveston ??? Mario's (several), wasn't there an old school Italian mostly known to locals? Never been to any of these. Original Napoli - several but I go to the one on Beechnut. 1975. Airport Italian Deli (and Sushi) on Airport near Broadway. This one would do it for me. Haven't been since they added sushi; only had the po-boys, which are/were good. Probably need to prowl the un-gentrified areas of Houston where sometimes restaurants thrive that never get any publicity. Likewise the small towns around. As far as that 'vibe' - Romano's on W. Gray would do it for me. Don't ask for ranch dressing to dip your pizza in. And I thought another Italian place had replaced Buon Appetito on Holcombe?
  15. A topic concerning the history of the Black school on this site (purple building replaced the original in 1918) has been posted in Historic Houston.
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