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hello this building is located on the corner of lawndale and telephone... can anyone tell me what this building  was used for? since i moved here in 04 this place has always caught my eye its a lil run down now compared to years ago when i first saw it. 

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 Lorino's Grocery. Opened in 1925. After prohibition they added a beer joint. 

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5 hours ago, Texasota said:

If I had to guess, I would assume it was associated with a streetcar line that went down Telephone. 

hmm it does give that look 

 

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4 hours ago, MartiMoser said:

 Lorino's Grocery. Opened in 1925. After prohibition they added a beer joint. 

where can i find more info on this i would love to see pictures

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16 hours ago, MartiMoser said:

 Lorino's Grocery. Opened in 1925. After prohibition they added a beer joint. 

 

And from 1985-1995 it housed Local Charm, a bar founded by the late Rory Miggins that came to occupy a storied place in Houston music history.

 

RIP, Rory Miggins

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Here's a look at the interior of Local Charm in 1992 featuring Rory and some of the members of his family.
 

 

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Thanks for the time travel, mk.  That was such a fun place.

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14 hours ago, mkultra25 said:

Here's a look at the interior of Local Charm in 1992 featuring Rory and some of the members of his family.
 

 

Wowwwwwww this looked like it was a fun place to be.!!!! 

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On 2/21/2018 at 8:48 AM, CHEETAHGUUH said:

where can i find more info on this i would love to see pictures

I was familiar with the look of the building so I googled " Building at corner of Lawndale & Telephone Rd Houston TX"

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On 2/21/2018 at 3:52 AM, MartiMoser said:

 Lorino's Grocery. Opened in 1925. After prohibition they added a beer joint. 

One time in about 1989 I was driving east and saw that building--well-kept and nice looking it was back then--and saw its sign, which said "Lorino's Grocery, Milk, Meat, Eggs... ."    I thought, "Oh, I need some milk!" So I picked my baby up out of her car seat, went in, and said, "Excuse me, where's the milk?" A young fellow looked a little non-plused and said, "Uh, sorry ma'am, but we're a bar." So I took my leave, wondering why they had a grocery store sign if they were a bar. It must be one of those places that started out as a grocery store, then added a beer joint, and finally became only a beer joint but left the sign up either out of inertia or because it represented a neighborhood landmark. I've always liked the building. Too bad it's gotten so deteriorated.

 

On 2/21/2018 at 3:52 AM, MartiMoser said:

 Lorino's Grocery. Opened in 1925. After prohibition they added a beer joint. 

 

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On 2/26/2018 at 0:12 AM, Libbie said:

 

One time in about 1989 I was driving east and saw that building--well-kept and nice looking it was back then--and saw its sign, which said "Lorino's Grocery, Milk, Meat, Eggs... ."    I thought, "Oh, I need some milk!" So I picked my baby up out of her car seat, went in, and said, "Excuse me, where's the milk?" A young fellow looked a little non-plused and said, "Uh, sorry ma'am, but we're a bar." So I took my leave, wondering why they had a grocery store sign if they were a bar. It must be one of those places that started out as a grocery store, then added a beer joint, and finally became only a beer joint but left the sign up either out of inertia or because it represented a neighborhood landmark. I've always liked the building. Too bad it's gotten so deteriorated.

Libbie. I'm sure the sign change was on the remodeling agenda, but they lost the whole agenda. "Gimme a qt Miller High Life in a brown bag please" 

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Yes, the sign painter must have canceled; they put the sign-change on a back burner, and life went on.

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3 hours ago, Libbie said:

Yes, the sign painter must have canceled; they put the sign-change on a back burner, and life went on.

I've known some sign painters in my time. You're absolutely right. I worked for A J Foyt for 10 yrs, 82-92. We had a window painter/pinstriper who'd sit in this old beat up Rambler station wagon the mornings we'd need him. He didn't come out & go to painting til he drank 4 or 5 hot Falstaff beers to steady his pinstriping hand and then he'd do perfect work. We called him Rembrandt. 

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On 2/21/2018 at 3:23 AM, Texasota said:

If I had to guess, I would assume it was associated with a streetcar line that went down Telephone. 

This is the back of a house I pass every day, seen from the inbound Gulf Freeway feeder, about the 4700 block. It reminds me of the old Lorino's building. I wonder if it, too, might have originated as a streetcar building. Or maybe not.

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