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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. As the permit shows, it was most recently a Citgo. I was surprised to see the 66 sign recently, and it looks like an older, faded sign.
  5. 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.
  6. Wow. No mention of HBG???? I know it's been talked about several times here on HAIF and last year there was a thread about an attempt to revive the chain down in Clear Lake. (There's a similar thread to this one in the Dining, Shopping and Entertainment forum, too). The HBG on Kirby (where Castle Dental is now) was the second restaurant I went to when I first arrived in Houston in Sept 1970. I was hooked immediately. I think it may have been the original location/first one. All my new co-workers raved about it. The one on Yoakum was one of the last ones. I started work in Montrose in '83 and worked in that neighborhood thru early '95. I went to HBG on Yoakum often for lunch when i got off. I can't remember when it was torn down but I know I missed it.
  7. I don't know anything about Dallas. There is an Antoine's there that some listings spell as Antone's, maybe a copy cat? One of the articles above mentions the Antone's Famous group distributing the sandwiches as far away as Nashville so there may have been some in Dallas.
  8. Never having been in retail I have no knowledge of how these decisions are made but it does seem TJ's moves into a market pretty slowly. HEB didn't own the property. There is a 'for lease information' for Brixmor along S. Braeswood but there's no sign on the HEB space itself. Another smaller space in the center does have a for lease sign in a window. So maybe HEB is paying off the 2 years left on the lease month by month to prevent Brixmore from leasing to a competitor. We could use another store in the area. Plans were announced for the Fiesta on S. Fondren @ W. Bellfort to be remodeled/expanded, taking over space next door vacated by Anna's Linens (originally a Walgreens). I was hoping for a much improved Fiesta, having seen what the new owners did to the Wayside store. But nothing has happened for months and now the chain has been sold again.
  9. All I've ever read or heard about Antone's is that the original store was on Taft, where Pass and Provisions is now, opened in 1962. That's the only store I knew about and went to when I got here in 1970. Here's an article about the closing of that store in 2004 and a history of the Lebanese/Syrian iconic 'Houston PoBoy;, both articles cite the Taft store as the original. I know there was a Droubi's around Main and OST at one time, but that was not the original Droubi's - that one is still open on Hillcroft.
  10. I went to a chicken place on S. Gessner years ago. I wasn't thinking it was as long ago as the 80s but perhaps. I remember the name as Pollo something, without the 'El' but maybe I'm remembering it wrong. The food didn't make much of an impression and I never went back. It was in this building now occupied by Taqueria El Herraderro.
  11. Some Google hits for 'roger gray houston radio' if you were wondering.
  12. I think it was just the Windmill Dinner Theater, I don't remember 'red' being part of the name, in T&C. I went there just once. Couldn't tell you what we saw (or ate). There was a Roger Gray. I never knew he worked for 39; I worked with him briefly at KLYX, the precursor to Majic 102. I think he worked at several radio stations and was a talk show host at one time, as best I recall. Last I heard of him I think he was up in East Texas, but that's been a couple of decades ago.
  13. A thread popped up on Next Door around the beginning of February concerning a drive underway to convince Trader Joe's to take over the vacant HEB space on South Braeswood at Chimney Rock. Apparently the drive had been underway for some time. It was claimed 600 letters/emails had already been sent to Brixmor, the property owners, and TJ's, requesting a store be located there and a meeting was due to take place between the two parties on February 19. It wasn't until recently that any follow-up was posted and it isn't clear, at least to me, where the project stands. One post has been interpreted by some to say that all that's needed now is to start pulling permits, but then some people seem to have concluded that just because a request had been made, it was a done deal. I've been told verbally that TJ will be responsible for any elevation of the space to mitigate flooding issues; seems to me that would be the responsibility of the property owner? There's nothing on TJ's website and I haven't seen anything anywhere else. I'd be thrilled to have a Trader Joe's that close by but it seems a little too good to be true. It's now asserted that over a thousand emails and letters were sent. I was frankly surprised that that many people in this part of town had even heard of TJ's, much less shopped there.
  14. I believe that's a median in the picture - it's a 6 lane divided street.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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 .....
  20. 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.
  21. Problems started Tues afternoon. All day Wed got the error message no matter what I tried to access or how. Tried to send a report to the Admins and got an error message that it didn't go through. Thurs AM I had notifications of responses to previous posts and was able to open those threads. Since then, I can access everything from the main Forums page but Unread Content returns the error code every time. A search for the error code reveals this has happened to other Invision boards.
  22. 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.
  23. 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?
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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