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  1. I just finished the Papa Mo's Special at Papa Mo's deli on TC Jester between i-10 and the railroad tracks. It was excellent.
  2. Perhaps it is a cold joint in the stucco? The contractor stuccoed 4' high all around the house because the scaffolding wasn't on the job. He then came back and finished the job when the scaffolding arrived? That is just a guess.
  3. rlf715--Have you had any water penetration issues? What about efflorescence on the exterior or interior? On the interior walls where there is sheetrock, did you put any waterproofing on the interior face of the CMU? Thanks, Brickfence
  4. Call Daniel Matta. He is a retired foreman from a masonry construction company located in the Heights. Plus he was a Heights resident (so he is familiar with the styles) and still lives near the area. His phone number is 713-922-2017. He will be happy to take a look at the project and will do so at no cost. He has done several renovation/remodel projects for me in the past and this is right up his alley.
  5. You are thinking of the Kroger on 20th. There is a Subway in that development. There is no Subway in Merchants Park, which is on 11th.
  6. As long as we are ranting about Kroger, am I the only one who is completely over the Cowboy Valentine Kroger campaign? I mean, yes, the Dad and the son bought flowers for their significant others, or both for the mom, or what ever. I am sick of seeing the same billboard for the last ten years.
  7. Not quite yet, it is still under construction. Maybe two more months.
  8. Just passed by the site of the new Maggie Rita's. It is the old pool hall on Shepard, basically across the street from the new Lupe Tortilla's, which is just one block away from the new Bullritos, which is in direct competition with Mission Burritos on Durham, which is one or two blocks away from Cyclone Anayas, which is a few blocks from both Molina's, El Tiempo, and Cadillac Bar. Anyone hungry for Mexican food at lunch?
  9. Floor n Decor has as good or better than anyone in the city.
  10. Now that Tommie Vaughn has passed away, the rules on dry vs wet locations are a lot looser.
  11. I have heard that Kroger will redevelop the entire shopping center to become another Signature Kroger. Once Walgreens moves across the street, look for Kroger to take over the entire property. And yes, I do realize how close it is to the one on 11th st.
  12. Just heard through the grapevine that Shuck Daddy's will transform into a Lupe Tortilla's. Interesting. On one hand, it is a now a multi-unit restaurant (which is just one notch away from the dreaded chain restaurant). On the other hand, their food is pretty good at lower prices than Cyclone Anaya's, which will be just around the corner. What say you??
  13. Tried a new Italian place today called Capellinis. It is located on Main St. about three blocks north of Spanish Flowers. I think it is the same place that Chicago Italian Beef moved out of. Anyways, lunch was excellent and reasonably priced. My server came by and told me that they have been open about two weeks. There is no sign up yet on the building, however. Only a small sandwich style sign placed on the ground. I will be back to this place and I recommend that you try it as well. I didn't look at the wine list, but they had wine available.
  14. I once saw a sign that said "Prince's Hamburgers Coming Soon" but that was well over a year ago. Maybe they are finally starting to move some dirt?
  15. In the Heights, try Astro Fence at 713-869-5111. Ask for Craig. If you are looking for others, you can call Builders Iron 713-869-6619 or Iron Access at 713-864-1229 (ask for Neal or Bobby).
  16. Now that UH has hired AECOM, see story here, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/college/houston/6861055.html, what do you think will ultimately happen? What would you like to see done? I am torn between updating Robertson and building a new football/basketball combination stadium. Thoughts???
  17. Your best bet would be to call Allstate Brick Co, or Western Brick Co. Both of these retailers sell used brick and sell to the public. Eagle-Cordell was purchased by Oldcastle, then sold off to Headwaters. The yard is still open on McCarty, but they mainly sell CMU and other concrete products now. They haven't made clay brick in years. The last time I bought Roman sized brick, I bought them from Acme. But they were new and would not match the older styles.
  18. If I was to purchase house plans online, do I need to have an local architect adjust the house to fit the lot and stamp the set, or do I just need a designer to tweak the plans and have a engineer stamp the set? I own a lot and am considering building a load bearing masonry home on it. I currently have three estimates from local architects to design everything, but am looking to save costs (of course). I thought that by buying plans online and getting a designer to tweak them might accomplish some savings, but what do you guys think?
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