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  1. Please post any info you have on where HH lived in town, where his business empires where located, etc. I have recently read a few books on this guy and the things he accomplished were just amazing. I just wonder where exactly in Houston he lived, worked, went to lunch, etc... I'm guessing River Oaks Blvd. somewhere close to the country club is where he must have lived. Where was he in his later years when he went nuts, stopped bathing, urinated on the floor, no longer cut his hair and nails, ate candy bars and cake to where all of his teeth rotted out, and sat naked watching Ice Station Zebra over and over again? I've been to his grave in Glenwood Cemetary but would like to learn some trivia on the places in town he lived in.
  2. since the downtown post office has been under renovation i had not been to the library. so i went to my local branch in montrose. i arrived 15 minutes early and within 5 minutes there were abut 6 homeless fellas lining up in front of the door. when the branch opened they filed into the men's room and during the next half hour emerged --- some with wet hair and one with a fresh gallon container of water. a few switched out their items from their old plastic bags with new library bags (for books) and left. i know they have set up recent ordinances as far as cleanliness and behaviorin libraries, some aimed at keeping the locations from being a destinationsimilar to covenant house (which is nearby and free). i would feel less odd ifthey also used the library and were cleaning up in preparation to look at books or use the computer. in fairness, i suppose the only way it really affected me was not wanting to usethe restroom there and getting the creeps when one fella with random parts of his head shaved kept checking me out.
  3. https://houston.eater.com/2020/12/8/22163531/southern-yankee-crafthouse-opening-montrose-good-dog-houston-west-alabama A North Houston brewpub has plans to take over the spot recently vacated by a beloved Montrose hot dog purveyor. City of Houston permits show that Southern Yankee Beer Company has another business, called Southern Yankee Crafthouse, in the works at 1312 West Alabama. That’s the former location of Good Dog Montrose, which closed on November 22 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Good Dog’s original location, at 903 Studewood Street, is still open.) A rep for Southern Yankee confirmed the Montrose expansion when reached for comment by Eater, saying the Crafthouse would be related to, but different from, the original brewpub at 930 FM 1960. It’s unclear if that means the brewery’s popular pizzas will be available inside the Loop. The rep declined to give further details, citing uncertainty with Houston’s permitting approvals and the tenuous state of the restaurant industry thanks to the pandemic. Southern Yankee Brew Pub was originally founded in 2018 by a group of homebrewers and Houston transplants, who began serving up beers like the Who’s Paul Pale Ale, Fuzzy Bastard Cream Ale and barrel-aged special editions. In the summer of 2019, the brewpub added a food truck, called SoYank Pizza, which quickly developed a following for its wood-fired pies, essential sandwiches and fire-roasted chicken wings. The brewery staff has already began teasing its expansion on social media, with posts discussing their excitement about securing the Montrose location. No word yet on an opening date, but stay tuned for more details as they come in.
  4. Anybody know what the original club atop 3400 Montrose was? I vaguely remember Glenn McCarthy had several clubs in town and that was one of them, I thought the Cork Club but that has been identified as atop the Central National Bank Bldg. I know it was a gay club in the early 70s, the Palace or Plantation or something like that, Scott Gertner's, a jazz club, etc., but it dates to the 50s I believe.
  5. Has anyone heard about this? Their website is pretty generic, but someone on the Nextdoor app mentioned it’s going to be at the southwest corner of Montrose & West Alabama at 3900 Montrose Blvd. Their list of “partners” (see image below) appears to be quite wide ranging...including both Bludorn restaurant and giant Japanese tech investor SoftBank Group. https://bridgecityhouston.com/theorigin/
  6. Any updates on what the construction crews over at 601 Richmond are working on? Brooklyn Athletic club was the former occupant of this space, but they've been closed for nearly a year now, if not longer. The latest update I heard was that Pi Pizza's Anthony Calleo was opening a new restaurant in the space, but that was last reported on back in July 2018 (source: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/restaurants-bars/07-19-18-whats-eric-eating-podcast-anthony-calleo-pi-pizza-new-montrose-restaurant/#slide=0). Anyone know? I also noticed that the two old brick houses directly adjacent to this space are on the market for a cool $1M each (source: and https://www.har.com/4316-jack-street/sale_33223330 and https://www.har.com/4320-jack-street/sale_27800941).
  7. Two or three years ago I was at the Continental Club downtown and saw they had one of the signs from the Cinema West theatre backstage. Does anyone remember this theatre? I believe it was an adult theater on Richmond or Westteimer in the 70s (before VHS tapes). Was it a chain of theaters?
  8. FB Friday I'm In Love: Numbers Nightclub Documentary is asking if anyone can recall the person on the far left (circa 1981-1982). Please response to the FB page
  9. I viewed this process as simply a resident of Montrose. The Churches journey seemed an Arduous and perhaps painful process. After 18 years of observing the amount of commendable community service this church had provided for Montrose………I was somewhat gobsmacked ( technical term used by women of a certain age.) at how it all played out.
  10. I know that it was converted from a mansion and was in Montrose. My Aunt was a visitor there many times. I absolutely LOVED the antebellum stair case. Surely someone else remembers this. IF not, I will feel older than my 50 years! Lifetime Houstonian!
  11. I’m not sure this was posted before...... I was a silent observer of a zoom meeting concerning this. The resale shop wants more parking. The median between Graustark and Mt Vernon at Lovett blvd was chosen location for parking. None of the businesses nor residents remember any type of notification mailed and the posted sign that gives details is “ smaller than a bread box”. Apparently this is property up for sale ( or gifting) by the COH real estate Dept ( who thinks this could be a money making opportunity?)and the Guild of Catholic Women’s Charity. Does the Charity pay city property taxes? The streets and median will be converted to parking lot. All the clinched jaws and frustrated faces reminded me of the community talks about Brazos street conversion in 2019.
  12. With the help of HPL TXR Reference, I found city directory listings for Carol's Kitchen which we used to frequent daily in the 1970s.
  13. Noticed this new vintage shop that took over the old Estafeta shop that sold packaging material. It's next to the new art gallery and the old Acadian Bakery.
  14. https://houston.eater.com/2020/7/29/21346717/acadian-bakery-houston-montrose-closed-after-40-years Never tried their cakes but their burgers were really good. Montrose Mainstay Acadian Bakery Shutters After 40 Years The iconic cake spot’s space is currently up for lease by Brittanie Shey@brittanieshey Jul 29, 2020, 12:37pm CDT Montrose’s Acadian Bakery, a longtime stalwart and source for many a Houstonians’ king cakes, has closed after more than 40 years. The bakery’s newest owner posted to Instagram on March 18 that the shop would be closing temporarily due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That closure is now permanent, according to leasing agent Jonathan Kagan. On Tuesday morning, construction workers were seen working inside the building, at 604 W Alabama Street, and a large dumpster full of demolished building material was parked outside. The building’s distinctive signage and murals had also been removed. Back in November, Outsmart Magazine reported that Acadian’s then-owner, Sandy Bubbert, was selling the shop after 40 years. Bubbert, who is in her mid-70s, started as an employee of the bakery, where she helped add lunch items like the much-loved hamburger. In return, the two owners, a pair of gay men from New Orleans, taught Bubbert how to bake. In 1979, she bought the bakery from its owners when they moved back to Louisiana. Over more than four decades, the bakery became a mainstay in the Montrose. Outsmart chronicled Bubbert and the bakery’s longtime advocacy of the gay community. In the interview, Bubbert recalled the loss the community suffered during the AIDS epidemic — especially Montrose’s hospitality industry, which included many gay-friendly nightclubs, bars and restaurants. “We had a lot of talent in our community, but we lost so much of it to AIDS,” she said. In 1997, the bakery suffered another loss. An electrical fire on Thanksgiving Day destroyed the shop, taking with it Bubbert’s family cookbooks. In addition to its beloved king cakes, the bakery was well-known for other special occasion pastries. In 1989, Bubbert baked a giant cake shaped like the Texas State Capital — large enough to serve 500 people — for the inauguration of Governor Ann Richards, sleeping in her truck overnight in Austin to watch over the dessert before delivering it. A reviewer on Facebook wrote that when he worked at the White House, Houstonian and former First Lady Barbara Bush would frequently request cakes from Acadian Bakery. In addition, Bubbert’s wedding cakes were highly sought after throughout Texas. The bakery’s new owner, a woman named Madeleine, posted an introduction to Instagram on January 11, saying she was excited to be taking over the historical business. Just two months later, the bakery was forced to close due to Houston’s stay at home order. Leasing agent Jonathan Kagan told Eater that in part due to the coronavirus, the takeover of the bakery just didn’t pan out as expected. As of press time, neither the new owner nor Sandy Bubbert had responded to a request for comment.
  15. On April 26th this boarded up house burnt down. It belongs to the Recovery Center next door. Today I noticed it is gone.
  16. https://houston.eater.com/2020/5/11/21254974/acme-oyster-house-opening-houston-expansion-new-orleans Iconic New Orleans Restaurant Acme Oyster House Is Coming to Houston It’s headed to the iconic Montrose space formerly occupied by El Real by Amy McCarthy May 11, 2020, 2:05pm CDT And now, finally, for some good news — iconic New Orleans restaurant Acme Oyster House is officially headed to Houston. Permit applications filed with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission indicate that the restaurant is headed to 1201 Westheimer Road, in the space once occupied by now-shuttered Tex-Mex restaurant El Real. The permit application was filed on April 17, which means that despite the coronavirus chaos, plans are still in motion for the Houston outpost of Acme Oyster House. “Acme has been very excited about entering the Houston market for a while now,” says Grant Walker, the Lee & Associates broker who repped Acme Oyster House in the deal. “We were looking for the right site to come available, and that happened when Bryan Caswell decided to close down El Real.” For the unfamiliar, Acme Oyster House has been a staple in New Orleans since 1910, serving an extensive menu of Cajun and Creole favorites like gumbo, red beans and rice, po’ boys, and of course, oysters. Oysters are shucked to order and served raw, char-grilled, or in a boozy oyster shooter. The restaurant has evolved into a chain over the years, and now operates multiple Louisiana outposts and restaurants in Florida and Alabama, but its New Orleans outpost, located in the French Quarter, continues to attract tourists in droves. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the chain has closed some restaurants while offering takeout at others, according to its website. No timeline has been set for Acme Oyster House’s debut, largely because of the coronavirus pandemic. “We are still moving forward and very excited to bring Acme to Houston,” Walker says. Stay tuned for more details.
  17. Westheimer Center (1200 blk. Westheimer - Nidda Thai Cuisine, Erotic Cabaret, former Radio Shack, etc.) is stripping off the blue sheet metal façade. Unfortunately, there's nothing of interest underneath, but just about any change will be an improvement. Hopefully, this will attract new businesses to a block that's underperforming.
  18. El Tiempo cantina at 1308 Montrose to close to give way for new MF building: http://blog.chron.com/foodchronicles/2014/10/el-tiempo-1308-cantina-may-soon-close/
  19. Community Impact Newspapers has a section in the Heights, River Oaks, Montrose Edition about stories called "After a year of adjustments, an opportunity for optimism" One of the stories is about my favorite little family owned restaurant in Montrose. It's called "La Gudalupana" a tiny little 10 table bakery and restaurant serving baked goods and delicious Mexico food. I've been going there for 16 yrs since I moved to Montrose. One of my favorite things I get there are their delicious Migas. I tried almost everything on their menu but that is my go to for breakfast. I eat them so much that I've tried to venture out and try them at other Mexican restaurants and I always regret doing so. I tell myself 'don't ever do this again, and now I don't. Anyway they had a story about them in this months issue.......
  20. Howdy Hot Chicken is bringing its fiery fried chicken sandwiches, wraps, loaded fries and more to a new location at 3520 S. Shepherd Drive. The restaurant, whose ingredients are 100% Halal, opened a Sugar Land location in July. An opening date for the Montrose-area location has not been announced. www.howdyhotchicken.com
  21. The building currently standing across from Soundwaves on Montrose is 3504 Montrose Blvd was built in 1999...and it is called Annunciation Greek Orthodox. But does anyone know what the building was before that? I really was hoping to find photos...especially of the back of the building/house? There was a basement entrance etc... thanks in advance if you can help...haven't been able to find anything with google.
  22. There was a notice put out that Mayor Parker would be speaking at Washington Terrace Civic meeting this Wednesday, concerning development on that piece of land. I noticed a bit of grumbling and lots of rumors about this development from residents Does anyone know any details? Is this part of Midtown TIRZ meeting it's requirement to build affordable housing?
  23. Does anyone know what they are building at the old City Map( can't remember what their name was) building?
  24. Not the best pic, but I noticed all signage has been removed as of this afternoon. With all the recent activity in this area, has this lot also been purchased?
  25. (Old Photo from a few years ago) This kooky building has always facinated me for some reason and always thought it was where 1/2 Price Books should relocate. This morning i noticed it has been totally deconstructed down to the steel frame and major work is being done to turn it into an "Outpatient Clinic"... oh well... just giving an update
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