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Who remembers the Western Traveller restaurant on old Highway 90?

Growing up in Baytown, I remember lots of folks driving out there for dinner. It had a "blue grotto room" that was fairly popular. When I played football at REL and we travelled to take on the North Forest schools (Smiley and Forest Brook), we'd stop and eat there on the way back. The place apparently burned down in the early 1980s after I left the Houston area for a time.

Trouble is, I can't remember exactly where it was located. Was it in Sheldon, further east in Crosby or more west toward Houston?

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Trouble is, I can't remember exactly where it was located. Was it in Sheldon, further east in Crosby or more west toward Houston?

I think it was right at Sheldon and 90

across from the paper mill

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My dad Frank was the head chef at the Western Travelers. It was on old 90 next to Big Chief grocery..

I was in there a lot back then about age 7-8.

Frank you comp a lot of big party tickets and frequently visited the patrons tables checking on food and service. 

The wagon wheel room with the water wheel and racoon was popular and the back dinning room had the stone river with bridge and Cabana room. This was the best restaurant I've ever been to till this day. We had many country and Western stars such as...Willie...Waylon... Charlie Pride... Conway Twitty...and many more. 

The owner Travis burned it down for insurance because of back owed taxes. 

I heard he was later caught and arrested. 

My uncle Kenny owned the Parkway drive in theater farther down hwy 90 at maxey (federal Rd). I worked the ticket booth as you drove in again at the age of 8.

Great memories!!

Frank..my dad passed away in 1984 from a massive heart attack. 

If any of you may remember he was about 5'11...had horn rimmed glasses and wore tan khakis and a white button up shirt with his initials on the left pocket... Very generous and humble man. Great chef and awesome dad. 

I'd love to hear from anyone who remembers anything of this post.

Time era long gone but we'll remembered. 

 

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I recently started writing about my family, and this restaurant played a big part in it, so I came across this page. My parents met at Western Travellers. My dad would stop in for lunch, and my mom was his waitress.  If not for this place, I wouldn't be here.  Haha. I remember going there when I was a young boy. 

My grandmother started working there in about 1964, when it was still a small cafe. The owner, Travis Wall, added onto it in the early 1970's, adding the waterfall and the Spanish Room.  My grandmother would get there early in morning and would bring her 3 daughters (my mom and my 2 aunts) to work with her.  They would sleep in the booths in the Spanish room, covered with table cloths, until about 8am. The Spanish room was only used in the evenings. My mom and 2 aunts would bus tables. My mom was allowed to begin waitressing when she turned 12. My mom remembers Frank.  She says he was very funny, and a very nice man.  She even recalled a few funny stories about him.  My grandmother worked there until the 1980's. She stopped working there about a year before Travis sold the place. 

I'm in no way trying to be rude or disrespectful, but the information about Travis burning it down and later being arrested is not true.  Travis sold the place about a year before it burned down.  It was under new ownership at the time of the fire, not owned by Travis at that time.  Travis and Cindy had already moved to east Texas and had a restaurant out there that they were running.  So he was never arrested.  Travis and Cindy both attended my grandmother's funeral in 2006, and were doing well at the time. 

My mom and her 2 sisters are a wealth of knowledge in regards to Western Travellers.  One of my aunts still has a few menus from the restaurant.  I love hearing about this place.  Hope everyone enjoys. 

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In regards to the location..... if you are driving east on old Hwy 90, it would be on your right hand side.  Between Johns Road and Lamkin Road.   My mom's family lived right there off Lamkin, in Sheldon Woods.  

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