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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I believe that's a median in the picture - it's a 6 lane divided street.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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 .....
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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?
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. The apartments along Bissonnet are beyond the U-Haul facility. In the pic linked by gnu the building with the blue sign across Bissonnet was identified in a thread in Historic Houston I think as a Chuck Wagon (bbq? burgers?). It then was briefly a place specializing in sliders called My-T-Bite or something like that and for probably at least 20 years has been El Pupusodromo, part of a local chain of Salvadoran places. Beyond that, on the corner of McAvoy, is a small grocery store with a tortilleria attached. I do not remember a LJS along there. I will have to take a drive and look. The CarTex across Bissonnet was a Pizza Inn, then a pawn shop or insurance office for a few years. The Baskin Robbins catty-corner has been there forever and is still standing. The Parkway Center behind it, which was anchored by an A&P 50 years ago, was leveled for an Aldi. You can see the blue construction fence (in the 1/16 picture). Aldi opened ca. May of last year. I am not aware of changes on the other corner which is the SW point of a residential neighborhood.
  20. Great picture! I can see why you called him Pan with those curls. By the time I started seeing him, the curls on the side were gone; he wore his hair close cropped on the sides and back but there were still curls on top, just not as many. I've been trying to remember when I first started seeing him. Certainly no earlier than '74, perhaps as late as the end of that decade. Long after you were gone, I take it. I am completely baffled by your seafood place. Only thing I can think of would be something at Seabrook. Thanks for sharing all your memories of that era. It has brought many fond memories back to mind.
  21. Yes I've never had a better haircut before or since Howell. And never enjoyed the stay in the chair as much. I realized when I first read your post it didn't hit me that I knew who you were talking about. Second time through the name Howell stuck out, though. I never would have described Howell as like Pan; I thought he was real down to earth. Different strokes, i guess There were other restaurants right on the ship channel - Monument Inn, still there right at the Lynchburg Ferry crossing, and the unfortunately long-gone San Jacinto Inn nearby. SJI had a large deck or porch but I don't remember any of it extended over the water. Does MI have a deck? I can't tell from the aerial photos - maybe part of it is over water at very high tide . And then of course there's Stingaree, at Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula - definitely you could have sat on a deck over the water and picked crabs to your heart's delight. You would remember the long drive to Galveston and the ride over on the Ferry, I think. Still in business. I'll have to drive by Howell's old place the next time I'm in the Heights and see if it's still there.
  22. Brady's Landing was another place on the Ship Channel, right next to Shanghai Red's. My relatives in the East End preferred it and I never went to SR. We took an uncle from California to Brady's and I told him it was on an island, like Catalina. Once he saw it he started lecturing me and I had to interrupt him and tell him I meant it as a joke. We couldn't see much of the passing ships because of the one moored right outside the window where we were seated. There was a big private club on Albany that became a gay club in the early 70s for a short time; I can't remember the name but I'm sure it's been mentioned here. There's at least one old thread about gay clubs. I believe I remember a balcony across the front. Athen's Bar and Grill on Clinton Dr. (?) was the most famous ship channel bar but there were others. A former coworker at KAUM referred me to Howell. She had also mentioned Lyndon but said I would probably like Howell better. She was working at KHOU at the time and working with most filmmakers who came to town back then and modeling sessions; she did make-up and also helped find locations and props for shots and filming. Many shoots for national ads and catalogs were done here then, may still be for all I know. He had a place on Crocker, I think it was, but by the time I got around to calling him he had moved to the Heights. I don't remember a long wait to get in. Maybe my friend gave me a good rec or said I desperately needed his services so please take him right away. I think she referred a lot of people she worked with to Howell and Lyndon. He grew organic herbs and vegetables in his back yard in the Heights and he told me once he sold some of them to Jamail's. I think he told me he was related in some way to the Jamails. I liked Howell a lot. He was a very interesting man to talk to and he always had great music playing. Occasionally you would bump into a rather strange character. I was sad when I got the card from his partner that he had passed. ETA: the hot dog place was probably the original location of James Coney Island.
  23. There are some mentions of Jerry Irby on Wired for Sound if you haven't already seen them (use the search feature). Interesting how numerous descendants of the musicians mentioned have commented; maybe you could too. I'm not absolutely certain but I believe the blogger may be the person who posted here as Don Julio years ago. A Google search pulled up a lot of references and pictures which I presume you've seen.
  24. Wrong side of the street. Gaido's was on the west side of Main, Baytown Seafood is on the east. And as I recall, Gaido's was quite a bit larger than that. The building was formerly/originally(?) a Grandy's.
  25. That probably was the original incarnation then. I've been making occasional visits to Three Brothers across the bayou since the early 70s, driving down Stella Link from visiting relatives in West U, but I'm drawing a blank on it as a Toddle House.
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