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FilioScotia last won the day on September 2 2012

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  1. Innes has never found a bridge he couldn't burn. Let us join hands and pray that he will someday run out of bridges. And let us not forget that WE the listeners have all the power in this on-air relationship. WE own the tuning dial and the off/on switch.
  2. The restaurant was Raffles, a high pay grade fine dining restaurant. Raffles has restaurants, resorts and luxury hotels all over the world, but, not in Houston anymore. Don't know when it closed. Maybe when oil went south in the 70s and a lot of big companies folded or moved out of Houston taking a lot of Raffles' deep-pockets clientele with them.
  3. ***Something tells me Innes will end up at another Radio Station.*** Never fear. He will end up somewhere else because assholes always do, thanks to idiot station managers and their idiot consultants who think obnoxious and controversial generates ratings.
  4. ((((I'm thinking "a successful stint of more than 15 years" was a slight exaggeration}}} I'm thinking the same thing. Why did it close if it was so successful? You noted that they sold their lease? Why? The only answer is that they weren't making enough money to pay their bills and make a profit. I don't call that "successful".
  5. "Like" worked fine for me. I think. Great summary Reef. But I think it's worth noting that fining dining establishments are vastly outnumbered by the franchise gimmicky eateries. There are thousands of restaurants in Houston, but only a small minority are fine dining.
  6. You aren't the only one. Fancy high-end fine dining restaurants with white table cloths have never lasted very long in Houston because the owners always overestimate the size of the clientele they hope to attract. There are exceptions of course. Kaphan's come to mind. The number one reason that more than half of all start-up restaurants fail within five years is under-capitalization. The rule of thumb is that a restaurant MUST have enough cash in reserve to keep the doors open for at least three years even if nobody shows up. How long was this place open? I was in and out of downtown Houston a lot in the 90s and I have no memory of it.
  7. I thought you guys would be interested in the Chronicle obituary of local movie-house mogul Al Zarzana from 2009. He was the "Al" in the Al*Ray's name. The other half was his partner Ray Boriski. Al and Ray bought and renamed the old Lindale Theater on Fulton in 1960 with the goal of making it a showplace for foreign films. For many years the Al*Ray and the Delman were the only places in town that showed foreign films on a regular basis. I had the pleasure of knowing Al back in the day and he was quite a guy. https://blog.chron.com/bayoucityhistory/2009/11/obituary-al-zarzana-73-theater-owner/
  8. I lived in that neighborhood in the early sixties, and the "community center' was actually a full size gymnasium where kids could play pickup basketball to their hearts content.
  9. You may be thinking of Woodland Park. It's on Houston Avenue north of I-10 and west of I-45. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Houston+Heights,+Houston,+TX+77008/@29.7819296,-95.3695194,1379m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8640b89ff43d5ab7:0xbeaa5119beac7cc1!8m2!3d29.7980049!4d-95.3979942?hl=en
  10. Bruce Bowen's Architectural Antiques ain't there anymore? Sad. Loved browsing through his stuff.
  11. I was inducted into the service in 1961 at a large barn-like building on either Caroline or Austin outside the downtown area. I remember it looked like a recreation center on the inside. It even had a gym. I've read that it closed in 1966. Does anybody know exactly where that old facility was?
  12. My wife and I ate there once when we lived in Fallbrook in the late 70s. I remember it was a gimmicky place with lots of gimmicky decor and waitstaff dressed in really old fashioned style. I don't remember the food being anything special. We didn't go back, if that says anything.
  13. Am I the only one here who sometimes uses Google Maps Street View to visit and explore my old neighborhoods? It's really eye-opening to "go back" to the neighborhoods I lived in when I was a kid back in the 50s. I can click my way into, through, up and down almost every street and all around the town. It's really sad to see houses I lived in that looked really nice long ago looking ragged and rundown today. Some of my old stomping grounds in Pasadena have really gone to seed or don't exist anymore. Does anybody else do this?
  14. Southmore Hospital was on Southmore near the intersection with Pasadena Blvd, formerly Tatar Street. It's still there under the name Pasadena Health Center. Pasadena General was about a mile north of there on Pasadena Blvd (Tatar) a block north of Thomas St. It has changed hands several times over the years, most recently in 2012 when Pristine Healthcare LLC bought it with grand plans. Here's how the Houston Chronicle reported it in August of 2012: "Pasadena city officials are celebrating the arrival of Pristine Hospital which is set to take over the old Kindred Hospital building located at 1004 Seymour St. (a street that crosses Pasadena Blvd) City officials indicated the renovated 110,000 square-foot hospital facility will bring 150 new jobs to the city within six months and another 150 over the next three years. The deal for the 32-bed acute care hospital was inked after Pristine Healthcare LLC met with the Pasadena Second Century Corporation (PSCC) Board of Directors. The board eventually offered a $150,000 incentive to win the development away from the Texas Medical Center. The incentive will be paid based on the completion of certain job creation benchmarks and will be used to fund building requirements mandated by the American with Disabilities Act and asbestos removal. The healthcare company is planning to invest $7 million to renovate the structure. Pristine Healthcare currently operates two outpatient psychiatric facilities in west Houston but plans to headquarter at the new Pasadena facility, which has been vacant for two years." It appears that 7 million and all those hopes went down the drain. Google Maps Street View taken two years ago shows Pristine Hospital is closed and boarded up again, probably for good. https://www.google.com/maps/@29.7031862,-95.2011789,3a,60y,139.31h,86.73t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sCXtFQT8c6ukulBd6rPjVvQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en
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