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  1. 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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.


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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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?


    The Luckie School, first elementary school for Black children in the Harrisburg(Houston) school district.


    There is a recent topic about activity on this site here that hasn't been updated in several months, but I thought this information belonged in the Historic Houston Forum.  The purple building replaced the original wooden school in 1918 and served as  school for many years.  The Luckie School is listed in the history section of the HISD website.

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  8. South Rice and Chimney Rock bridges completed and open per NextDoor and Brays Bayou Association.  All lanes open in all directions but there will be temporary closures for finishing work.

    Some street signs were installed incorrectly - both wrong intersections and wrong way, apparently - and a tagger has already visited.

    Ramps are in place but pathways under the bridges for bikes and walkers are still just dirt.

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  9. Agreed.  Come to think of it, I don't even remember any of the grill items; I may have never looked at that part of the menu.  They did neither themselves nor the participating chefs any favors with that promotion.  The resulting products in the stores were very poorly executed in my experience the 2 times I went in to try one.  I had to wait for a manager to return from an errand to fix one for me, no one else in the building knew what to do.  Neither did he, it turned out.  He delivered it to the table himself, beaming.  The bun was toasted to a crisp and significantly charred; the sausage was worse.  Several of the items mentioned in the press release were missing.

    I hope they don't go away completely but if they do, 100 years ain't too shabby a run in the restaurant biz.

    I tell everyone/out-of-towners, stick to the legacy menu.  Many people working there can make those blindfolded.

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  10. Now that I don't remember at all.  Possibly gone by the time I got here in '70?  Wasn't Lee's Den in that block too?, with the Astrodome mock-up?

    @pecos Bud Bigelow's was one of the Steak House Associates restaurants I believe just a little west of the Galleria next to the fire station on the north side of the street.  SHA also had The Stables (Westheimer in River Oaks and on S. Main) The Courtyard (on I-10) and another restaurant that I think was seafood @ 2607 Westheimer that became the first Chuy's in Houston (from Austin).  All three restaurants along Westheimer were on the north side of the street.

    @D.P. Westheimer is a pretty long road.  Can you be a little more specific about location (and time frame).  I can only think of 3 bbq restaurants on the south side of Westheimer:

    Thomas BBQ - mid 70s and on, Westheimer @ Chimney Rock or not far west of there, in a strip center (it may have been white).  Great lunch spot.

    Luther's (became Pappas) - Westheimer @ Gessner - still there.  I may be remembering that wrong.  May have been a white building when it was Pappas.

    Brandon's - late 90's at the earliest, in Carillon Square, may have been a white building. Brandon was the son-in law of the man who wound up running Thomas (3 locations) after his restaurantuer partner died just shortly after opening.

    I don't know that any of them specialized in ribs.

  11. Sounds like you have mixed up a couple of real places and something else.  I think the Toddle House architecture was pretty set for years, kind of like a small cottage, white brick with blue (or blue-green or green) roof.  I don't ever remember one with no booths but the booths in the original ones may have been only 2-tops.  But the sliders part of your memory has to be My-T-Bite, mentioned in several posts above (and on other threads here on HAIF) which replaced TH at that location in the TH building.


    Also along there that has not been mentioned above was a Someburger, green metal building with yellow trim, looking not unlike a shipping container, with no indoor seating at all, just a 1950s style walk-up to the window burger shack.  That was a chain started in Austin by a couple of UT students in the 50s that was spread through out SE Texas.  The two remaining ones include the one on 11th @ Studemont, which looks exactly like the one that was on Shepherd until the early 80s or so, and downtown Baytown which has an indoor dining room and looks more like a Denny's. 

    Nothing like an AirStream but maybe that's the metal building you're remembering.  I think that was on the next corner down from TH.

    To see an older Toddle House like the one that was on Shepherd look up the Original Kolache Shop on Telephone Rd. 

  12. I believe in the early 70s there was a Lack's or Western Auto in there - not sure of the exact address, tho.


    That's the only BBD I ever went to.  Never went back - just so so sandwiches.  When you had Nielsen's just off Westheimer, Alfred's in the Village, Antone's on Taft, the Louisiana po-boy place on Main - just didn't need so-so.

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  13. On 12/22/2020 at 8:22 AM, trymahjong said:

    The park is great but I feel COH is a bit short sighted in what was planted and missed an opportunity.

    Planting small  Texas native - butterfly/ bee friendly - flowers wouldn’t have required much more that rain water. At the time I was ignorant of that of that possibility.But after setting up my own Texas Native plants butterfly garden.......I’m wondering what’s  the penalty for guerrilla  butterfly gardening in public parks?🤔

    Probably no guerilla activity necessary.  Check with your city council member or the Parks Dept directly.  I think the city welcomes that but they'll want to designate where it goes.  My HOA maintains maybe as many as 8 'beds' along S. Braeswood from Brays Bayou Dr. to Gessner with volunteers.  One woman spent hundreds of dollars on plantings and untold hours on maintenance.  I gave a bunch of plants and went once a week to water during the drought with a trunk full of plastic jugs of water filled from my outdoor faucets.  I wanted to give a lot more and add some outside the designated areas but she said that was a no-no.


    Sounds like a great project to me.  I need to get back to that neighborhood with some time to look around.

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  14. They moved indoors yesterday 'due to the weather.'  Looks great.  They're now operating Wed afternoon as well as Saturday AM so apparently doing well, but I haven't seen anything explaining the relationship between the Farmer's Market and the indoor plans.  What I recall is that the indoor operation was going to be artsy-craftsy stuff, not produce.  But hey, Canino's-on-the-Bayou - why not?



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  15. My first guess is Ford product but I thought maybe Merc.  Haven't been able to find a pic but here's a 62 Ford Fairlane - not sure what the comparable Mercury model would have been.  The original pic is a low end model without much chrome.




    I don't see the V-shaped ridge on the Valiant on the original pic above; the panel beneath the ridge on the original pic is indented - on the Coronet it bulges out. 


    Of course there's always the Edsel or Lincoln to consider.


    Did the family tend to stick to one brand?

  16. This is the corner section.  Used to be a Shell station as I recall. Only thing I've seen there in the last few days is a Mr. Softee truck.  I've seen other trucks there on a sporadic basis in the past, nothing that was there regularly so far as I know (I don't usually go across on S. Braeswood).


    Brittmore owns the strip center - right?  I wonder if they control this corner of it.  There's a Subway, Saba's (Kosher) Wok and Grill and Old Hickory Inn in the strip; across the bayou, El Ranchero, Genesis (Kosher steak house), a Hunan place, I think, and a pizzeria; around the corner on Chimney Rock is Fioza, a coffee house. 


    I don't have high expectations for this working out but we'll see.


    There once was a Kosher food truck, Sub-on-the-Way I think it was called, but I don't think it lasted.  I wonder if a Halal food truck would go over in Meyerland?  There are several of those.

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  17. That is South Braeswood at that point.  Wells Fargo, Three Brothers, the cleaners and Bayou Manor all have S. Braeswood addresses; a quarter mile west The Meritage, on the same street, has a North Braeswood address.  The bayou crosses under near the RR tracks.


    The illustration makes it look like they're going to elevate the building some.  Wells Fargo, 3 Brothers and the cleaners have all flooded.

  18. I believe it was announced the store will be 90,000 sq. ft.  That's significantly bigger than the new Bellaire Market or the Montrose Market which are both bigger than the Buffalo Speedway store.  I think that will include space for a new bank facility, though.


    HEB's competition in the wine dept is Belden's on N. Braeswood @ Chimney Rock which is known for catering to the Jewish community and also for a big wine department.  A few years ago a feature, in the Press?, said it was one of the largest wine departments at any grocery store in the city.  I think both CM and the HEB Montrose stores are bigger but I haven't counted or measured.

  19. The restaurant was Jo-Jo's.  Demolished years go.  A development of 3 story single-family homes is going in there now, to be called Netivot Braeswood.  There are 12 homes and they're priced around $500K according to what I've read.

  20. The new Meyerland HEB is more than a year away.  It will undoubtedly take some pressure off this one.


    I drove by the first day, mid-afternoon.  Bissonnet west bound was one lane with a traffic cop directing traffic in and out of the entrance along Bissonnet.  I wonder how often they'll have to provide that service?


    I haven't been yet, plan to go this week.


    I was sitting in traffic musing about what effect this store will have on the big Fiesta on Hillcroft or the Seller's Brothers on Gulfton.  i totally, completely and utterly forgot about the Randall's right across the street.  Not at all surprising - I never go to Randall's.

  21. At a quick glimpse the other day it looked like a faded Phillips 66 sign but on a closer look it's a cover (canvas?, plastic?) that's been placed over the sign post with a faded/pastel Phillips 66 logo.  Whether there ever was a 66 station there I don't remember but apparently the rebuilt is going to be a 66.

  22. For some time now there have been two groups of businesses using the Antone's name, offering po'boys and other sandwiches.  I don't know the full history of the split but I have read the original founders of Antone's on Taft sold the rights to the name to two different groups years ago and has had nothing to do with either operation since.


    There has been the group going by the name of Antone's Famous, owned by the Legacy Restaurant Group which also owns the Original Ninfa's on Navigation.  They  currently have two brick and mortar locations and a kiosk in the downtown tunnels and another in the Greenway Plaza underground, with more planned.  They are also responsible for the packaged sandwiches widely available at grocery stores throughout the area.


    There have been two stores going by the name Antone's Original Import Co., one on Bellaire near Weslayan and one on Kirby at OST.  Supposedly there are some differences in the recipes used by the two groups.


    Now both the 'Original' stores have rebranded.  I was in the store on Bellaire in April and all the signage was being changed over to Paulie's Po'Boys.  The official change was slated for May 1. 


    There was a long line of customers asking questions.  A man behind the counter, at least in his 60s, said the name Paulie came from a descendant of the original founder of Antone's and that they would continue to serve the same sandwiches they had been serving for years.  The cashier told me the Legacy Restaurant group told the two Original shops they had to either stop using the Antone's name or start using the same recipes as the Famous shops use.  Both shops decided to change their names.


    The store on Kirby is now branded Angelo'z.  There doesn't appear to be a website for that one.

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