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So with the closing of our only Del Taco location this week, and the apparent abandonment of ambitious plan of opening 40 stores in the Houston area, I got to thinking about the original locations that Del Taco had in Houston. I believe they closed in 1984? I'm not 100% sure on the date though. I know that Goode Co. Taqueria at Kirby and Westpark started life as a Del Taco but am unsure of any other locations, does anyone have a listing?

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So with the closing of our only Del Taco location this week, and the apparent abandonment of ambitious plan of opening 40 stores in the Houston area, I got to thinking about the original locations that Del Taco had in Houston. I believe they closed in 1984? I'm not 100% sure on the date though. I know that Goode Co. Taqueria at Kirby and Westpark started life as a Del Taco but am unsure of any other locations, does anyone have a listing?

 

I think the guy obsessed the television station numbers may have one.

 

The only ones I'm pretty sure of (or at least, have heard):

 

Shipley's Donuts at US 59 and Richmond

 

...uh, that's about it

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Used to be one by UH I would to when I attended there. It was on the corner of Elgin and Cullen. An empty field is there now, and a McDonald's was built in the next lot. 

 

I live down the street from the one that was at Fondren and Westheimer. I was very disappointed. Nothing like the one I remembered.

 

Not surprised or upset it closed. To think, I used miss Del Taco. Not sure why anymore. 

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Wait. It closed? The one on Westheimer?

NOOOOOOOOO!!!

I normally go once a week, but due to business travel I haven't been in a couple weeks.

That sucks. Food as good and reasonably priced. Always clean, with friendly staff.

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The only ones I'm pretty sure of (or at least, have heard):

 

Shipley's Donuts at US 59 and Richmond

 

...uh, that's about it

 

That one was definitely a Del Taco. I used to live not too far away from it when it was still open and occasionally ate there. 

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I was going to write that Del Taco did survive at least up to 1985 or so, because it was mentioned in an article about the proliferation of fast food restaurants in Houston (by 1985, both Bojangles and El Pollo Loco had pulled out of Houston...yes they did exist before)

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I remember a Del Taco on S. Braeswood, just west of Hillcroft. It and McDonalds were next to each other. Then McDonald's built a bigger building on the corner of that intersection, and is still there as far as I know. An aerial picture still shows the old Del Taco building, and a smaller building in between it and the McDonalds. I remember them having really good tacos.

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Last time I was down there, I started to check in some of the 80s era phone books at the George Memorial Library in Richmond. Found there was a Rosenberg location for a few years, but didn't think to check the Houston area books they had for that time. May be back in a month or so and will do some research then...

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Last time I was down there, I started to check in some of the 80s era phone books at the George Memorial Library in Richmond. Found there was a Rosenberg location for a few years, but didn't think to check the Houston area books they had for that time. May be back in a month or so and will do some research then...

 

Now that's something I had no idea about.. I figured the actual Rose-Rich area would of still been too far out in the boonies at that point to get something as "specialized" as a Del Taco. Although I guess I'm remembering the town as smaller than it actually was. I might just make the drive out to George Memorial Library to check on that. By the way do you need an active Fort Bend Library card to get at the phone books?

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As mentioned by earlier post, I too remember the one at Richmond and the 59 Spur as well as the one on S. Braeswood just west of Hillcroft.  I grew up in the Hiram Clarke area and remember when Del Taco was built at the corner  of Hiram Clarke and West Fuqua.  This was in the late 70's.  Last time I was in the area (about 10 years ago) it was a Popeye's Fried Chicken restaurant.

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Now that's something I had no idea about.. I figured the actual Rose-Rich area would of still been too far out in the boonies at that point to get something as "specialized" as a Del Taco. Although I guess I'm remembering the town as smaller than it actually was. I might just make the drive out to George Memorial Library to check on that. By the way do you need an active Fort Bend Library card to get at the phone books?

 

No, you don't need a library card. I haven't had one in ages, and I've been up there a bunch of times just to review the old Houston Post microfilm for some of the threads I've posted in before. The phone books will be in the research & genealogy department on the second level on the west wall. They usually have a few people there to assist all day as well.  

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I did spend some time at the George Memorial Library and looked through the phone directories. The earliest, relatively complete listing I could find was from the 86-87 business pages. In that edition, they were listed this way.

 

Downtown-

401 Richmond Av

 

Pasadena-

917 Edgebrook

 

North-

218 W Greens Rd

3101 E FM Rd 1960

17388 Hempstead Hwy

 

Northwest-

1915 Mangum

 

Southwest

10100 Bissonnet

5919 S Braeswood

9204 Bellaire Blvd

9120 S Main

11403 Wilcrest Dr

4502 W Fuqua

12550 Bellaire Blvd

7629 W Bellfort

 

Northeast-

914 Federal

 

Spring-

7400 Louetta

18552 Kuykendahl

 

West-

2420 Gessner

14510 Memorial Dr

9134 Long Point

5625 Richmond Av

 

East End-

3030 Cullen

 

South

2601 Bypass 35

 

An alternate location for "Del Taco Restaurant" is given at 3416 E Broadway. Based on the prefix of the phone number given, it appears to be in Pearland.

 

The number of units appears to decline to the point that the final directory that lists them outright is 89-90, and it's down to three locations:

9204 Bellaire Blvd

12550 Bellaire Blvd

10100 Bissonnet

 

The Rosenberg location at 4417 Avenue H I had mentioned previously appears to have been active for only a few years, based on the directories I checked. The library did have 1975-present, but was missing 1979. It first appears in 1980 and is not included in the 1984-85 book. Didn't think to check the city directories there though.

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The only one I remember from my childhood was the one at the southeast corner of Kuykendahl and Louetta in the early 80s. I loved the steak and cheese burrito, it was like slices of Steakums and hot cheese whizz, with sauteed onions. When they opened the one at Westheimer and Fondren a few years ago, I raced over there and was really disappointed not to find it. I tried their fish tacos, a beef burrito, and a bean burrito, but there are SO many better options in Houston for good, fast, cheap tacos and burritos, it's no wonder they didn't last.

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Wasn't it Del Taco that had the Encurito (sp) (a large beef burrito like thing that was smothered in nacho cheese and chilly covered with diced tomatoes)? It was big enough for a small family to eat just one.  Del Taco was taken over in the DFW area by Taco Bueno which for a while didn't even change the outside signs for over a year in some locations just the menu. 

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Pizza Hut
107 North Alexander, 77520 (Baytown Seafood)
123 FM 517 West, 77539 (moved to 25310 Gulf Freeway and became Lone Star Title Loans)
222 South Seguin, 78130 (Tapatio)
327 North FM 1960 West (was Taqueria Arandas which moved to 251 North FM 1960 West, then became Fastsigns)
363 South Mason, 77450 (was Khun Noi, then it became Dickey's, now razed)
400 West Main Street, 77573 (Estaban's)
403 Sheldon, 77530 (Taqueria Jalisco)
403 Winkler, 77087 (888)
412 North Friendswood, 77546 (Potter's)
527 South La Salle, 77868 (Psalms)
712 Seawall, 77550 (razed)
727 East Ben White, 78704 (Tekila's)
500 South Washington, 77327 (Cleveland Hearing Aid Center)
803 Dixie, 77531
907 Mulberry, 77515 (Chef Mark Anthony)
1050 West Rankin #120, 77067 (moved to 15004 Ella)
1070 Old Highway, 77304
1227 Bay Area, 77058 (Cafe Mawal)
1227 South Gordon, 77511 (moved to 1541 South Highway 6 East and became Chinese Buffet)
1270 Lakeridge #4, 77340
1301 Sam Houston, 77901 (empty)
1403 Heights, 77008 (moved to 3638 Katy Freeway and became Pink's Pizza)
1604 North Frazier, 77301 (Joe's)
1700 11th, 77340
1807 McCullough, 78212 (Chapala Jalisco)
1830 North Gessner, 77080 (moved to 2004 North Gessner to former Denny's and became Taqueria Arandas which moved to 1632 North Gessner, then razed to Auto Zone)
1944 Fry Road, 77450 (moved next door to 1936 Fry Road and became Guerrero Meat Market & Bakery)
2104 Texas, 77611 (Pinehurst)
2203 Hillcroft, 77057 (Roegels Barbecue)
2312 South Shepherd, 77098 (moved to 1227 Westheimer and was Teriyaki Buffet, and razed)
312075) 2316 North Main, 77581 (moved to 2716 West Broadway and became Pearland Medical Clinic)
312013) 2400 Bellaire, 77030 (Sushi Rock)
2427 61st, 77551 (razed and moved to 2703 61st, then 4904 Seawall)
2604 South Richey, 77017 (moved to 2004 South Richey)
2604 Texas 6 Business, 77802 (Trevino Smith)
2636 Nasa Blvd #1, 77586 (Floppy Pets)
2709 61st, 77551 (moved to 4904 Seawall)
2712 Cypress Point, 77459 (Bahá'l Community Center attached to 2716)
3109 Edgar Brown, 77630 (Luigi's)
3127 Briarcrest, 77802 (moved to 3001 Braircrest)
3271 South Main, 77477 (stafford grill)
3312 Spencer, 77504 (razed)
3327 Mangum, 77091 (Texas Car Title Loans)
3604 East 29th, 77802
3847 Aldine Mail Road, 77039 (Taqueria Village)
3951 Bellaire, 77025 (razed to CVS and moved to 4003 Bellaire to former Burger King)
4004 West Fuqua, 77045 (was inside KFC, moved to 4401 West Fuqua)
4160 Lake Houston, 77339 (razed)
4327 West Highway 6 North, 77084 (moved to 4902 West Highway 6 North and became Clay Road Pawn)
4410 Ave H, 77471 (4G Cell)
4721 Calhoun, 77004 (moved to 4827 Calhoun and became Chinese Star)
5009 North Shepherd, 77091 (Ablebody Labor)
5270 Gulfway, 77642
5275 Everhart, 78411 (Texas Car Title)
5303 Aldine Mail, 77039 (Express)
5412 Antoine, 77091 (moved to 5310 Antoine and became Timmy Chan's #12)
5416 West Military, 78242 (Tequila Jalisco)
5716 Lockwood, 77026 (Express)
6009 West Cypress Creek West, 77069
6360 Highway 90, 77498
6603 South Gessner, 77036 (Check Cashed, moved to 8740 Bellaire)
6666 West Highway 6 South, 77083 (moved to 3302 West Highway 6 South)
6904 Spencer, 77505 (moved to 6893 Spencer and became Burger Tex)
6940 North FM 1960 East, 77346 (razed to Panda Express and moved to 6360 North FM 1960 East)
7031 Fondren, 77036 (razed)
7516 Hillcroft, 77081
7627 West Bellfort, 77071 (moved to 8400 West Bellfort and became Timmy Chan's)
7809 Fulton, 77022 (razed and moved to 4400 North Freeway)
7935 West FM 1960, 77068
7940 North Shepherd, 77088 (razed to Secret Cabaret)
8401 Long Point, 77055 (Citgo)
8527 Bissonnet, 77074 (check Cashed, moved to 7016 Bissonnet)
8635 East Tidwell, 77028 (razed and moved to 20045 North Freeway)
8804 Stella Link, 77025 (Wild Kitchen)
8888 West Sam Houston South, 77099 (inside Auchan)
9400 Homestead, 77016 (Acme Fish Market)
9409 Interstate 45 South, 77380
9516 Kempwood, 77080 (Associaton for Retarded Citizens)
9513 Westheimer, 77063 (razed to Burger King replaced with 9601 and moved to 9363 Richmond in 89')
10204 Telephone, 77075 (was House of Sound, now remodeled and empty)
10709 West Bellfort, 77099 (moved to 11631 West Airport and became HHH gameroom)
10904 Fuqua, 77089 (Wok D'lite)
11070 Airline, 77037 (Family Dollar)
11070 Westheimer, 77042 (razed to Walgreen's and moved to 10545 Westheimer)
11271 Huffmeister, 77065 (was Lone Star Seafood, now Food Pantry)
11830 Bellaire, 77072 (moved to 12004 Bellaire and became Taqueria Cazadores)
12351 Kingsride, 77024 (Eatfitters)
12416 South Post Oak, 77035 (remodled to Pretty Fleet Auto Sales)
13703 Tomball Parkway, 77086 (was Taqueria Arandas #28, now Las Ranas Taqueria)
14602 Woodforest, 77015 (Baytown Seafood)
15827 Bellaire, 77083 (Grace Christian Fellowship Ministry)
16666 Stuebner Airline, 77430 (razed to Hartz)
17563 Kuykendahl, 77379 (razed and moved to 18527 Kuykendahl)
21127 Aldine Westfield, 77073 (remodeled to Redeemed Christian Church)
21338 North Freeway, 77373 (was Godfather's Pizza, then became Greek Pizza)
27190 Glen Loch, 77381 (Pizza Tonight)
27316 Robinson, 77373 (razed)

 

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14 Baybrook Mall, 77546 #3658

270 Almeda Mall, 77075

312 South 69th, 77011 #313

316 Uvalde, 77015 (razed) #4529

563 South 11th, 77701 (moved to 3703 College, and became Szechuan) #1159

604 Harvey, 77801 (razed) #1962

900 Gessner, 77024 #3577

907 Edgebrook, 77034 (Astro Dental) #947

972 South Texas, #2310

1127 Alexander, 77520 (Best Seafood)

1178 Willowbrook, 77070 #3660

1203 College, 77587 (Brianna's Piñatas)

1203 East Mulberry, 77515 (moved to 2603 North Velasco, and became Going's) #2606

1270 Lamar, 75640 (originaly Del Taco, now JJ's Seafood)

1409 Cherry, 76108 (empty)

1527 Spring Cypress, 77388 (razed)

1807 Clay, 77018 (Prudential Office) #1010

1807 North 16th Street, 77630 (General Wok)

1927 Garth, 77520 (TitleMax)

2012 North Gessner, 77080 (Papa John's) #958

2045 Mangum, 77092 (Subway) #2443

2101 Fannin, 77002 (razed)

2423 Blinn, 77802

2527 Southmore, 77502 (dentist) #988

2603 Strawberry, 77502 (gott's donuts) #973

2636 Fountain View, 77057 (offices)

2702 North FM 1960 East, 77073 (Mr. Sticker) #1700

3030 Palmer, 77590 (Domino's) #1506

3101 North Navarro, 77901 (moved to 1602 North Navarro and became TitleMax)

3801 Cullen, 77004 (razed)

3807 Avenue H, 77471 (taqueria mexico) #1931

3907 South Texas, 77801 (frittella) #1261

3972 Gulfway, 77642 (New Hong Kong) #1255

4127 Aldine Mail, 77050 (razed to CVS) #1569

4200 West Fuqua, 77045 (empty, moved to 5500 West Orem) #1751

4327 East Lucas, 77708 (razed)

4360 South Alameda, 78412 (Bull Chicks)

4846 Fairmont, 77504 (Marco's Pizza) #2794

5274 Bissonnet, 77401 (moved to 5604 Bellaire, and became a Roadster's grill)

5277 North Shepherd, 77091 (razed)

5806 Antoine, 77091 (razed and moved to 6444 Antoine) #1699

5807 Kirby, 77005 #1513

5904 Fountain View, 77081 #1468

6104 Stewart, 77550 (gino's)

6527 West Highway 290, 78735

6527 Westheimer, 77057 #238

6709 Airline, 77022 (empty) #2452

7100 Southwest Freeway, 77074 #3571

7453 North Shepherd, 77091 #2430

7701 Long Point, 77055 ($ Check Cashing)

8127 Fondren, 77074 (moved to 7206 Bissonnet, and became A1 Dental) #1511

8888 West Sam Houston South, 77099 (Auchan food court) #3848

9040 Long Point, 77055 #957

9604 South Main, 77025 (razed)

10016 Homestead, 77016

10631 West Bellfort, 77099 (razed) #1377

10704 Veterans Memorial, 77038

10803 Eastex Freeway, 77093 (inside exxon)

11004 East Fuqua, 77089 (razed) #1490

11409 Bellaire, 77072 (razed) #1379

11843 Chimney Rock, 77035 (razed) #1350

12416 Bissonnet, 77099 (moved to 10527 Bissonnet) #2407

14127 Memorial, 77079 (moved to 635 North Dairy Ashford) #1410

14419 Wilcrest, 77477 (Tornado Burger) #2210

16003 Northwest Freeway, 77040 (razed)

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104 Dominik Drive, 77840 (Shiraz Shish Kabob)
301 West Gray, 77019 (razed)
363 North Sam Houston East, 77060 ?
415 Sheldon, 77511 (Church's)
604 West Little York, 77091 (moved to 601 West Little York, Auto Insurance/Ace American Cash Express)
727 West Mount Houston, 77037 (was Pizza Inn, Cricket)
804 North Collins, 76011 (razed)
804 North FM 1960 West, 77090 (Ace American Cash Express)
904 North Shepherd, 77007 (El Rey)
901 Edgebrook, 77034 (moved to 10527 Gulf Freeway, Taqueria Taconmadre)
927 Nasa, 77058 (razed)
927 North Interstate 35, 78666 (Fuego Grill)
927 West Sam Houston West, 77024 ?
1004 Hogan, 77002 (remodeled to La Casa Bakery & Cafe)
1004 Decker, 77520 (Taqueria Rositas)
1203 West 11th, 77008 (Bakery Donuts)
1204 South, 77503 (Taqueria Agaves)
1270 Uvalde, 77015 (Titlemax)
1400 Nederland, 77627 (Domino's Pizza)
1412 North Gessner, 77080 (Ace American Cash Express)
1501 Green, 77630
1516 1st, 77338 (Sonic)
1604 North Brazosport, 77541 (Billy's Donuts)
1816 West Waco Drive, 76701 (Adriana, Jeanette, Sam's Southern Eatery)
1850 Hamilton, 77003 (Natto)
1927 South 1st Street, 75040 (Ming's Kitchen)
2002 Yale, 77008 (moved to 2701 Yale, Quizno's)
2222 Alexander, 77520 (Telepager)
2271 Clinton, 77547 (Shipley Donuts)
2310 North Gessner, 77080 (moved to 2763 North Gessner)
2310 Pease, 77003 (razed to Chevron)
2312 West Main, 77581 (Firehouse Subs)
2327 Jensen, 77026 (was Mr. Burger, empty)
2412 Elgin, 77004 (Navy Seafood)
2512 University, 77005 (razed)
2604 West FM 1960 East, 77073 (razed to Mr. Sticker)
2804 Collingsworth, 77026 (city games)
3030 Highway 30, 77340 (Tinsley's)
3102 Seawall, 77550 (Splash Bar)
3207 Spencer, 77504 (Titlemax)
3270 Telephone, 77023 (razed)
3358 Ella, 77018 (moved to 3000 Ella, El Rey)
3701 North Main, 77009 (El Taquito Rico)
3801 Harrisburg, 77003 (Taqueria El Charro)
4003 Montrose, 77006 (Dirk's Coffee Shop)
4258 West Highway 6 North, 77084 (Frank's Grill)
4318 Almeda, 77004 (Green Seed Vegan)
4318 Westheimer, 77027 (Quizno's)
4412 West Fuqua, 77045 (moved to 4036 West Fuqua, Shipley Donuts)
4635 Telephone, 77087 (Tortilleria Tiaxcali/Galaxy Auto Insurance)
4642 Scott, 77004 (empty)
4701 Kempwood, 77092 (Checks Cashed)
4827 North FM 1960 West, 77090 (moved to 4419 North FM 1960 West, Arby's)
5051 Griggs, 77021 (Louisiana Fish House)
5328 Antonie, 77091 (House of Fries)
5328 North Shepherd, 77091 (razed)
5351 West Bellfort, 77035 (was Blockbuster Video, TitleMax)
5852 Westheimer, 77057 ?
5927 Bellaire, 77081 (moved to 6004 Hillcroft, was Timmy Chan's, razed)
5927 Lyons, 77020 (was Lyons Seafood, razed)
6805 Greenbriar, 77030 (What a Burger)
7016 Lawndale, 77023 (Lawndale Fish Market)
7041 Beechnut, 77036 (Hartz)
7203 South Loop East, 77087 (razed)
7400 Fulton, 77022 (razed)
7501 Harrisburg, 77012 (razed)
7603 MLK, 77033 (razed)
7701 West Bellfort, 77071 (Bakery Donuts)
7802 East Bellfort, 77061 (remodeled to Burger King)
7802 Long Point, 77055 (razed and moved to 7904 Long Point)
8601 Beechnut, 77036 (moved to 9904 Beechnut, razed for defunct Eckerd)
8601 Jensen, 77093 (shipley Donuts)
8904 Westheimer, 77063 (Del Taco)
9107 Long Point, 77055 (Tornado Taco)
9203 Cullen, 77051 (moved to 9271 Cullen)
9863 Homestead, 77016 (Timmy Chan's)
10516 Eastex Freeway, 77093 (razed)
10527 South Post Oak, 77035 (Shipley Donuts)
10704 West Bellfort, 77099 (moved to 12516 Southwest Freeway, Mar Azul)
10927 East Fuqua, 77089 (razed to Walgreen's)
11104 Airline, 77037 (Pollos Asados El Regio)
11301 Veterans Memorial, 77032 (razed and moved to 12036 Veterans Memorial)
11544 Bellaire, 77072 (Belle Park Dental Center)
12144 Bissonnet, 77099 (Frank's Grill)
13704 Cypress North Houston, 77429 (Mi Tierra Taqueria)
14258 South Post Oak, 77045 (Variedades Pasaquina)
16604 El Camino Real, 77058 (Colosseum)
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An alternate location for "Del Taco Restaurant" is given at 3416 E Broadway. Based on the prefix of the phone number given, it appears to be in Pearland.

 

 

 

Yes, that is in Pearland.  You probably won't be surprised to hear that it is a Popeye's Chicken now.  I moved to Pearland in 1990 and it has always been Popeye's Chicken while I've been there.  There was also a Del Taco on Dixie Drive in Lake Jackson.  Either it's been torn down and replaced by Shipley's Donuts or converted into a Shipley's.

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ChannelTwoNews, thank you for posting that listing.  I worked at the Rosenberg Del Taco as an assistant manager for a few months in 1980, but I did not remember the exact location.  I wondered whatever became of that store.  Looks like it is now a payday load store.

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On May 21, 2015 at 4:17 PM, SpaceGhost said:

So with the closing of our only Del Taco location this week, and the apparent abandonment of ambitious plan of opening 40 stores in the Houston area, I got to thinking about the original locations that Del Taco had in Houston. I believe they closed in 1984? I'm not 100% sure on the date though. I know that Goode Co. Taqueria at Kirby and Westpark started life as a Del Taco but am unsure of any other locations, does anyone have a listing?

They were still around in 86. Had a friend in high school that worked there. Didn't know which location though

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On May 21, 2015 at 4:46 PM, IronTiger said:

 

I think the guy obsessed the television station numbers may have one.

 

The only ones I'm pretty sure of (or at least, have heard):

 

Shipley's Donuts at US 59 and Richmond

 

...uh, that's about it

S Braeswood & Hillcroft (became a Shipleys)

Edgebrook near Theta (closed for a long time, now a Mexican restaurant)

 

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12 hours ago, djrage said:

S Braeswood & Hillcroft (became a Shipleys)

Edgebrook near Theta (closed for a long time, now a Mexican restaurant)

 

 

While the Edgebrook location may have started as a Del Taco in terms of chain restaurants it was definitely most recently a KFC. They could have knocked down the whole building, but the layout and size doesn't really look like a Del Taco to me.

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The Edgebrook Del Taco has never been a KFC. KFC was down the street next to Taco Bell. It did sit empty for a while and about 3 yrs ago was renovated and is now a Mexican seafood place. Taco Bell is a dentist office, KFC is a Taconmadre food truck (but they use the kitchen for food prep. The old Monterey House has been Casarez for almost 20 years and the old Burger Mountain Soda Fountain has been the Longhorn Cafe, Prarie Dogs, an Italian restaurant that I can't remember the name and is now a Mexican food restaurant. I'm a lifetime resident of the neighborhood (43 yrs & my parents before that) so I've seen them all come and go!

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16 hours ago, iliketurtles said:

When was that supposed to happen?

I don't think dates were ever revealed other than the first store. IIRC they were supposed to be open within 5 years? Maybe less..

 

Loved that article by the way! I unfortunately wasn't around the first time Del Taco was, and was only around for the tail end of Two Pesos. I had always wondered why they looked like they had a dual drive-thru setup, now I know!

 

Edit: Found the article I was quoting.

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Del Taco had fast-food restaurants throughout Texas in the early 1980s but pulled out of the state later that decade. Paul Murphy, CEO of the Lake Forest, Calif.-based chain, said he has updated the Del Taco concept.

In March, Del Taco opened at 8910 Westheimer. Murphy plans to open more than 40 restaurants in Houston.

Kaplan, David. "Economy - Familiar brands stage revivals." Houston Chronicle (TX) 13 Aug. 2012, 3 STAR, A: 1. NewsBank. Web. 29 Jul. 2016.

 

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On 7/29/2016 at 9:53 PM, iliketurtles said:

Here's an article about Goode, which was previously Del Taco. http://offcite.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/1989/06/DriveThruMargartiaville_Kaplan_Cite22.pdf

 

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The Houston-based, turquoise-and-pink Two Pesos restaurants are sprouting up like psilocybin mushrooms.

 

Now there's a lede you just don't see very often anymore. Perhaps today's crop of fresh-faced young writers are lacking in life experience when it comes to wandering around rural fields at night and poking around in cow patties. Too bad, as such activities would go a long way to prepare them for the reality of 21st century journalism. 

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19 hours ago, sevfiv said:

From the Wednesday, April 3, 1985 issue of the Bellaire Texan:

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark%3A/67531/metapth638271/

 

 

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5625 Richmond and 9120 S. Main are now Popeyes restaurants. 401 Richmond is now a Shipley Do-Nuts (I believe this been discussed). 5919 S. Braeswood is now a lube center, though it looks like the lot was reconfigured, originally it was a Del Taco with a large parking lot with a gas station on the corner, and at some point in the past, both lots were demolished for a much smaller 5919 (where the lube center is) and a larger lot at the corner for a McDonald's (at 5911). The McDonald's itself was torn down and rebuilt a few years ago.

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19 minutes ago, IronTiger said:

Question on the Kirby location: it's named Goode Co. Taqueria today  (since 2011 at least), but a lot of references have it as "Goode Co. Hamburgers & Taqueria". Did it change names at some point twice to transition to the current name it is now?

 

From what I can tell it was originally titled hamburgers, then added taqueria to that, then dropped hamburgers...

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4 hours ago, IronTiger said:

Question on the Kirby location: it's named Goode Co. Taqueria today  (since 2011 at least), but a lot of references have it as "Goode Co. Hamburgers & Taqueria". Did it change names at some point twice to transition to the current name it is now?

 

It was Hamburgers and Taqueria by 1989, I'll try to research it a bit more later tonight to see what I can find, but I suspect it may have always been Hamburgers and Taqueria. FYI They do still sell Hamburgers (very good ones), but their main focus is definitely Tex-Mex.

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On 9/3/2016 at 2:33 PM, IronTiger said:

Question on the Kirby location: it's named Goode Co. Taqueria today  (since 2011 at least), but a lot of references have it as "Goode Co. Hamburgers & Taqueria". Did it change names at some point twice to transition to the current name it is now?

 

Okay that took longer than I expected... anyways, it seems to me that it was probably always Hamburgers and Taqueria. Maybe someone with an old phonebook can verify. The earliest mention I found in the Chronicle was 1986, its referred to just "Goode Co. Hamburgers" in the article, but only receives a one line mention. In an article published less than a month later it's called "Goode Co. Hamburgers and Taqueria". However the author notes that the Goodes just called it "burgers" for simplicity's sake. So I wonder if the author of the first article was misinformed/or trying to seem more hip.

 

Also an interesting side note, the old railroad car used at Goode Co. Seafood was brought by a locomotive from Dallas, and hoisted right off the rails onto the lot. I wonder if the spur that ran South of Westpark towards the Coca-Cola bottling plant (right next to the current home of Goode Co. Seafood) was still active at this point?

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7 hours ago, SpaceGhost said:

 

Okay that took longer than I expected... anyways, it seems to me that it was probably always Hamburgers and Taqueria. Maybe someone with an old phonebook can verify. The earliest mention I found in the Chronicle was 1986, its referred to just "Goode Co. Hamburgers" in the article, but only receives a one line mention. In an article published less than a month later it's called "Goode Co. Hamburgers and Taqueria". However the author notes that the Goodes just called it "burgers" for simplicity's sake. So I wonder if the author of the first article was misinformed/or trying to seem more hip.

 

Also an interesting side note, the old railroad car used at Goode Co. Seafood was brought by a locomotive from Dallas, and hoisted right off the rails onto the lot. I wonder if the spur that ran South of Westpark towards the Coca-Cola bottling plant (right next to the current home of Goode Co. Seafood) was still active at this point?

I would've looked it up on the Chron archives but my library card expired. <_<

 

Anyway, it looks like the spur was used. The railroad spur has been townhomes since 1985 (possibly address with 2628 North, but that just appears to be one "block" of them), but in 1978, the spur was still active, and it looks like Goode Seafood is being built (as per Google Earth), and indeed, HCAD says it was built in 1978!

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5 hours ago, IronTiger said:

I would've looked it up on the Chron archives but my library card expired. <_<

 

Anyway, it looks like the spur was used. The railroad spur has been townhomes since 1985 (possibly address with 2628 North, but that just appears to be one "block" of them), but in 1978, the spur was still active, and it looks like Goode Seafood is being built (as per Google Earth), and indeed, HCAD says it was built in 1978!

 

Jim Goode didn't open Goode Co. Seafood until 1986. The original BBQ restaurant opened in 1977 but it took several years before it was successful enough for him to open a second restaurant (the taqueria) in 1983:

 

Jim Goode obit from Houston Press

 

That HCAD record lists three different buildings on the site, constructed in 1978, 1986, and 1998. The 1986 one would be Goode Co. Seafood, not the 1978 one. 

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37 minutes ago, mkultra25 said:

 

Jim Goode didn't open Goode Co. Seafood until 1986. The original BBQ restaurant opened in 1977 but it took several years before it was successful enough for him to open a second restaurant (the taqueria) in 1983:

 

Jim Goode obit from Houston Press

 

That HCAD record lists three different buildings on the site, constructed in 1978, 1986, and 1998. The 1986 one would be Goode Co. Seafood, not the 1978 one. 

The HCAD listings for buildings I assume are still extant buildings, because that's what I've gotten the impression of when browsing around HCAD. For example, looking at the current 1407 South Voss Road listing only mentions 2014 buildings, you would have to look at the listing a few years ago for the original 1973 structure that was the home of Randalls Flagship.

 

However, a far better piece of evidence against 1978 construction was that it's an old Amtrak car, but if it was added in the late 1970s, that car would still be in commission. In 1982, however, another aerial (from historicaerials.com) has no restaurant, and in 1989, the restaurant is there that clearly is the outline of Goode Seafood Company. However, if we take 1986 to be the opening of the restaurant, that rules out the "spur delivery" because the townhomes were built in 1985. That said, it would still be a clear distance of less than 300 feet from the mainline because that would've been likely a blank lot in 1986 (it was in 1989), and of course, by that time, the rail was being increasingly shortened (the railroad would've cut off at about Wakeforest if my HAIFistory is correct) and serving less and less businesses along the line.

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Going back to Del Taco, it looks like 5919 S. Braeswood wasn't demolished for the lube center. The Del Taco is actually the Congregation Torah Vachesed next door, which aerially looks like a Del Taco. Doing a block search on the 5900 block of S BRAESWOOD BLVD turns up this listing for 5929 Braeswood. Not only does it check out in terms of the lot, but ownership history reveals it was built in 1979 for Del Taco. I don't know why the addresses got mixed up or what was the original tenant for the lube center lot (the one that was cut down to size when the McDonald's was built), but yes, the Del Taco building DOES exist!

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