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How old is the Dot Diner at the old Gulfgate Mall location? It is next to the Pappas Bar-BQ place (formerly called Brisket House). Both are some of the oldest in the Pappas chain. They are probably from the 70's.

Although not Houston....how old is Gaido's in Galveston? Has it always been at that seewall location? I went there in the 60's at least.

Until it burned down maybe 5 years ago....how old was the "Sho 'Nuf" Bar-BQ place on I-10 east right past Mercury on the south side of the freeway? It looked old.........

How old is Bonnie's on the Gulfgate freeway near Woodridge and how old is Dante's also on Gulfgate (a little further south on the freeway feeder road).

Just some thoughts of old restraurant locations.....

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How old is the Dot Diner at the old Gulfgate Mall location? It is next to the Pappas Bar-BQ place (formerly called Brisket House). Both are some of the oldest in the Pappas chain. They are probably from the 70's.

Although not Houston....how old is Gaido's in Galveston? Has it always been at that seewall location? I went there in the 60's at least.

Until it burned down maybe 5 years ago....how old was the "Sho 'Nuf" Bar-BQ place on I-10 east right past Mercury on the south side of the freeway? It looked old.........

How old is Bonnie's on the Gulfgate freeway near Woodridge and how old is Dante's also on Gulfgate (a little further south on the freeway feeder road).

Just some thoughts of old restraurant locations.....

I remember as a kid back in the 1960s we would go to Galveston and remember seeing Gaido's back then. I wish that I could remember some of the old restaurants around Gulfgate. On this same category on a topic called "Tour de Telephone" Subdude posted a bunch of photos of old businesses including restaurants. I think that one of them was Gaido's. I know that he did post one of the Tel-Wink Drive-In Restaurant which is/was located near Gulfgate on Telephone Road at Winkler Drive.

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I don't know how old Dot, Bonnie's, and Dante's (is it still open?) are, but they go back as far as my memory does, which is almost 30 years.

Also, right across from Gulfgate is Spanky's. It's straight out of the 70's. I don't think it's ever been remodeled, judging by the interior. I'm not a big fan of the pizza there...but apparently somebody likes it.

A little ways down Telephone from the South Loop is the Original Kolache Shoppe. I think it's been there since the 50's or 60's.

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I don't know how old Dot, Bonnie's, and Dante's (is it still open?) are, but they go back as far as my memory does, which is almost 30 years.

Also, right across from Gulfgate is Spanky's. It's straight out of the 70's. I don't think it's ever been remodeled, judging by the interior. I'm not a big fan of the pizza there...but apparently somebody likes it.

A little ways down Telephone from the South Loop is the Original Kolache Shoppe. I think it's been there since the 50's or 60's.

I'm wanting to remember a short-lived restaurant chain called "Roy Roger's Roast Beef Sandwich". I'm picturing it somewhere around Gulfgate.

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I don't know how old Dot, Bonnie's, and Dante's (is it still open?) are, but they go back as far as my memory does, which is almost 30 years.

Dot opened in 1965.

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i used to love going to that Spanky's as a kid. I remember occasioning the Dot always with my best friends family because they smoked and that place was always lit up like a chimney as i remember it.

we would also hit the Brisket house on Sundays sometimes that was good stuff.

I also remember going to a Big Boy restaurant with the big figure outside holding up a burger. was there one of these in the vicinity it must have been on 45 south if memory serves me?

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i used to love going to that Spanky's as a kid. I remember occasioning the Dot always with my best friends family because they smoked and that place was always lit up like a chimney as i remember it.

we would also hit the Brisket house on Sundays sometimes that was good stuff.

I also remember going to a Big Boy restaurant with the big figure outside holding up a burger. was there one of these in the vicinity it must have been on 45 south if memory serves me?

Wasn't Big Boy the place whose french fries were "curled"?

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How old is the Dot Diner at the old Gulfgate Mall location? It is next to the Pappas Bar-BQ place (formerly called Brisket House). Both are some of the oldest in the Pappas chain. They are probably from the 70's.

Brisket House...was in 67 I believe...of course when the Pappas people changed it's name, prices went up. But they still have the biggest potatoes there!

I'm wanting to remember a short-lived restaurant chain called "Roy Roger's Roast Beef Sandwich". I'm picturing it somewhere around Gulfgate.

Corner of Woodridge and Winkler...now it is Taqueria Mexico.

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Gaido's moved to the Seawall in the 60s according to Rob Walsh in last week's press.

Hey, guess what, Midtown....Dante's is BACK! I noticed last weekend

I saw that last week, too!

Yes. It was not too bad as far as I can remember.

It was run by real Italians but had the feel of fine dining from Southern Germany.

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Does anyone remember or have information about the "Las Vegas Inn", a great family owned Mex restaurant on (N side of) Wayside near the intersection of Wayside and the Gulf Freeway?

There's a thread...i think tour of telephone....that has a post card of the restaurant....if it's the one i'm thinking about it was on telephone

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i used to love going to that Spanky's as a kid. I remember occasioning the Dot always with my best friends family because they smoked and that place was always lit up like a chimney as i remember it.

we would also hit the Brisket house on Sundays sometimes that was good stuff.

I also remember going to a Big Boy restaurant with the big figure outside holding up a burger. was there one of these in the vicinity it must have been on 45 south if memory serves me?

Kips Big Boy was on the NW corner of South Park now MLK and Griggs. Across the street on the SW corner was Montgomery Wards on the SE corner was Palms Center, a pre-mall shopping center but not really a strip center, I don't remember what was on the NE corner.

Big Humphrey was a wrestler. I don't remember where it was on Park Place but I do remember Kolchak's BBQ just west of Telephone Rd., it closed in the last couple of years.

joe

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There's a thread...i think tour of telephone....that has a post card of the restaurant....if it's the one i'm thinking about it was on telephone

Hi Musicman,

I checked out the thread "Tour du Telephone" (BTW, a great pic thread of old Telephone Rd).

I stand corrected, you were right on! That was in fact the very Las Vegas Inn where I loved to eat, and it was on Telephone, not Wayside as you said. I worked for NASA when it first moved to Houston, and was scattered all over the South end in miscellaneous buildings. I worked in an apartment house (NASA had rented), and the street in front of the apartment dead-ended into Telephone just about 2 blocks from where the Las Vegas Inn was located, so we had many a pleasant lunch there.

Thanks for the clue!

Dave

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Hi Musicman,

I checked out the thread "Tour du Telephone" (BTW, a great pic thread of old Telephone Rd).

I stand corrected, you were right on! That was in fact the very Las Vegas Inn where I loved to eat, and it was on Telephone, not Wayside as you said. I worked for NASA when it first moved to Houston, and was scattered all over the South end in miscellaneous buildings. I worked in an apartment house (NASA had rented), and the street in front of the apartment dead-ended into Telephone just about 2 blocks from where the Las Vegas Inn was located, so we had many a pleasant lunch there.

I actually live by some of the old nasa facilities on office city and a neighbor used to be a nasa photographer in the 60's. i'd have to guess you were in the EVA area?

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Hey, guess what, Midtown....Dante's is BACK! I noticed last weekend..."Dante's" is back on the sign out front, complete with the FLAMES!

I've never eaten there, so maybe now's my chance! Was it worth it back in the day?

Well....it's not really back. It is a bar now, or so the signs say, with a grill inside - burgers, chicken sandwiches, etc. It has opened, closed, opened, closed, changed names, closed, opened, renamed Dantes, closed, opened, closed...you get my drift. My Mom lives by it, we pass it everytime we go to her house - at least once a week.

Kips Big Boy was on the NW corner of South Park now MLK and Griggs. Across the street on the SW corner was Montgomery Wards on the SE corner was Palms Center, a pre-mall shopping center but not really a strip center, I don't remember what was on the NE corner.

Big Humphrey was a wrestler. I don't remember where it was on Park Place but I do remember Kolchak's BBQ just west of Telephone Rd., it closed in the last couple of years.

joe

There was also a Big Boy on 45 South near Monroe - now Mannie's seafood. Big Humphrey's WAS on PArk Place, went there during high school - loved it! He's in Pearland, are we sure? He would have to be over 100 by now...

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I actually live by some of the old nasa facilities on office city and a neighbor used to be a nasa photographer in the 60's. i'd have to guess you were in the EVA area?

I worked in the Franklin Apartment Building just across the Gulf Freeway from the Houston Petroleum Center. I worked in the Flight Crew Support Division (but at that time our group was separated from the rest of the Division because of the general shortage of facilities, so we were strung around Houston)....those in my Division did work on EVA, but I personally was in flight simulation and crew training.

Dave

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Was he a wrestler or something like that? if so it's him because there are pics of him in the restaurant on 518

Yes he was a wrestler and I got an autographed picture of him at the Mosk's Mens Store that was in the Rice Hotel Building on Main Street. This was back in the early 50's before he opened the hamburger place on Park Place. Paul Boesch of the old wrestling days in the Coliseum and B & W TV(remember that?) used to hold autograph sessions at Mosk's and have the wrestlers on hand. Danny McShane, Lou Thez(?), Prince Majava(?), and Duke Kiomoka(?). Big Humphrey had a replica of the little shack on wheels-just like in Dog Patch.

I was a third generation East End resident and still proud of it.

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Yes he was a wrestler and I got an autographed picture of him at the Mosk's Mens Store that was in the Rice Hotel Building on Main Street. This was back in the early 50's before he opened the hamburger place on Park Place. Paul Boesch of the old wrestling days in the Coliseum and B & W TV(remember that?) used to hold autograph sessions at Mosk's and have the wrestlers on hand. Danny McShane, Lou Thez(?), Prince Majava(?), and Duke Kiomoka(?). Big Humphrey had a replica of the little shack on wheels-just like in Dog Patch.

I was a third generation East End resident and still proud of it.

Paul Boesch lived bike riding distance away from us. He was good friends with a friend's parents and was very nice. My brother used to go to the wrestling matches atthe coliseum every week. i went a few times as well. did you or your relatives go to Milby? if so i'll bet you know my dad who seems to know everyone on east side.

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Paul Boesch lived bike riding distance away from us. He was good friends with a friend's parents and was very nice. My brother used to go to the wrestling matches atthe coliseum every week. i went a few times as well. did you or your relatives go to Milby? if so i'll bet you know my dad who seems to know everyone on east side.

I graduated from Milby as a Mid-termer in January of 1962 and also attended Bonner Elementary and Deady Junior High. We lived on Howard Drive in Meadowbrook from 1945 until 1962. After that I lived in various parts of Southwest Houston. I've been in the Spring area for over 30 years. We had good friends that lived both next door and accross the street from Paul Boesch. He had met his wife in Hawaii while in the service during WWII. I attended several neighborhood parties with them. They were both very nice people.

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I graduated from Milby as a Mid-termer in January of 1962 and also attended Bonner Elementary and Deady Junior High. We lived on Howard Drive in Meadowbrook from 1945 until 1962. After that I lived in various parts of Southwest Houston. I've been in the Spring area for over 30 years. We had good friends that lived both next door and accross the street from Paul Boesch. He had met his wife in Hawaii while in the service during WWII. I attended several neighborhood parties with them. They were both very nice people.

My house on Glencrest is supposedly next door to Paul Boesch's old house. The lady that has lived across the street since '68 told me it was his old house. Did you know the Provenzano's next door? I bought the house from Ruth Provenzano who moved to Meyerland to be closer to her daughter. The Boesch house, or so I am told, is the one on the corner of Glencrest and Glenview.

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My house on Glencrest is supposedly next door to Paul Boesch's old house. The lady that has lived across the street since '68 told me it was his old house. Did you know the Provenzano's next door? I bought the house from Ruth Provenzano who moved to Meyerland to be closer to her daughter. The Boesch house, or so I am told, is the one on the corner of Glencrest and Glenview.

Does Ruth have a daughter named Iwona?

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My house on Glencrest is supposedly next door to Paul Boesch's old house. The lady that has lived across the street since '68 told me it was his old house. Did you know the Provenzano's next door? I bought the house from Ruth Provenzano who moved to Meyerland to be closer to her daughter. The Boesch house, or so I am told, is the one on the corner of Glencrest and Glenview.

Paul Boesch moved from Glenbrook to their last house in Gulf Meadows by early 70's because I remember i was in elementary schoool

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Paul Boesch moved from Glenbrook to their last house in Gulf Meadows by early 70's because I remember i was in elementary schoool

I lived in Gulf Meadows until '73ish.............I assume you went to Mitchell??? I lived on Gulf Tree. Oh, the memories!!! I don't recall Paul Boesch living there, but I really didn't hear about it either.

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I used to live on Greenstone a couple blocks from Gulfgate mall. I have a lot of memories from my childhood going to some of these local restraunts and the area amenities. I am in my early thirties so I don't remember some of these places. Someone mentioned they went to Deady junior high, funny I went there before we moved to pearland when I reached high school age for friendlier schools. Thats where we discovered Big Humphries Pizza. Funny how this post tied all that together for me, I never would have known he used to be right down the street from where I grew up.

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I lived in Gulf Meadows until '73ish.............I assume you went to Mitchell??? I lived on Gulf Tree. Oh, the memories!!! I don't recall Paul Boesch living there, but I really didn't hear about it either.

Yes i did go to Mitchell in the 70's. My brother was in the first graduating class from Mitchell. PM me and i'll bet we know many of the same people. Not sure if you ever had Mrs. Thompson but I ran into her recently at Heb Gulfgate. Boesch was on Red Robin in Section 1.

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Yes i did go to Mitchell in the 70's. My brother was in the first graduating class from Mitchell. PM me and i'll bet we know many of the same people. Not sure if you ever had Mrs. Thompson but I ran into her recently at Heb Gulfgate. Boesch was on Red Robin in Section 1.

Small world. I had Mrs. Thompson in (3rd or 4th grade -- getting old -- memory loss!). She must be up there in age. Anyway, you have mail.

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Yes i did go to Mitchell in the 70's. My brother was in the first graduating class from Mitchell. PM me and i'll bet we know many of the same people. Not sure if you ever had Mrs. Thompson but I ran into her recently at Heb Gulfgate. Boesch was on Red Robin in Section 1.

I tried to send you an email but it said your box was full................I'll try again later.

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I graduated from Milby as a Mid-termer in January of 1962 and also attended Bonner Elementary and Deady Junior High. We lived on Howard Drive in Meadowbrook from 1945 until 1962. After that I lived in various parts of Southwest Houston. I've been in the Spring area for over 30 years. We had good friends that lived both next door and accross the street from Paul Boesch. He had met his wife in Hawaii while in the service during WWII. I attended several neighborhood parties with them. They were both very nice people.

My wife and I graduated from Milby in 1977. She took the exact same route as you from Bonner to Deady to Milby. Her Mother still lives in Meadowbrook on Neal right next to the swimming pool. If you lived on Howard during that period I wonder if you knew the Lyles. They still live on Howard in a two story red brick house on the south side of Howard about a block west of where Neal hit Howard. Mrs. Lyles parents lived just across Howard from them. Also there was a house owned by the Richardson family that they ran as a boarding house for some time. My uncled lived ther when he worked for Bloodworth-Bond shipbuilders. His twin sister, my Mother was married to Leroy Richardson for a number of years till they divorced. My Mother later married my Father and I was born in 1959. This is such a small world.

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Kips Big Boy was on the NW corner of South Park now MLK and Griggs. Across the street on the SW corner was Montgomery Wards on the SE corner was Palms Center, a pre-mall shopping center but not really a strip center, I don't remember what was on the NE corner.

Big Humphrey was a wrestler. I don't remember where it was on Park Place but I do remember Kolchak's BBQ just west of Telephone Rd., it closed in the last couple of years.

joe

Strangely enough the Holiday Inn Hotel at 45/Wayside had a pretty decent menu going for quite a while. I worked there bussing tables as a teenager around 75-76. My boss was a lady named Doris and had one of the tallest beehive hairdoes on record. She ran a pretty tight ship and we were always on our toes. Holiday Inn at that location would bring in quite a upscale crowd even up to point! The cook was a real nice guy that was a Sr at SF Austin he was learning how to cook gourmet meals. Great experience, I recall how he would give us delicious samples of shrimp, fish and so on. We had breakfast, lunch and dinner items that would satisfy any palete. In the evenings Doris would serve highballs to the guests. I thought it was so grown up to see that! There was a lady named Phyllis who was our hostess. Can you believe it was that elegant? She had to dress in a cocktail/evening dress or full length gown on several occasions mostly on weekends. We had a fantastic view of the pool area too, was very tropical in nature. I recall we would have celebrities pop in sometimes to sign autographs. One day we had James Arness appear. I was too young to remember the western show he was once popular in but the people there loved it. Towards the later 70's and 80's the place started its final decent into hell's kitchen (pardon the pun) and it had to be put out of its misery. When we would drive by on the overpass of 45 I would tell my newphews that is where I worked and thats the balcony we would sneat out to smoke a cig or 2. All that's left is that lone palm tree where the pool once was. Pleasant memories for sure. Wonder where everyone went....

So yes, Holiday Inn/Wayside-45 was wonderful in it's hey day!

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Howard Johnsons was near there too. That was a CB hanout in the early and mid 70s. We would meet there for coffee then someone would get a head start and the rest of us would try to find him using our signal strength meters. That whole area from Broad to Telephone went downhill fast.

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Howard Johnsons was near there too. That was a CB hanout in the early and mid 70s. We would meet there for coffee then someone would get a head start and the rest of us would try to find him using our signal strength meters. That whole area from Broad to Telephone went downhill fast.

joe

You can say that again ie: That whole area from Broad to Telephone went downhill fast.

Rather remember the way it was.

There was The Helena Hotel across from Holiday Inn, it was kind of our rival. It had a real nice pool too which has since been cemented over. When it went downhill it closed then a few years later was a kind of nice Latin/Rock dance club closed then became a Seafood place for a real short time was toooo expensive, you may as well have gone to Red Lobster! Howard Johnson's was down east and had a cool bar which boasted all you can drink keg beer for $3.00! That finally met its fate about 1989? Can't beleive it is still there. We used to round up all the local hippies and swim in the pool all day long, they also had plenty of ice for cold brews. Last I heard they also film "Cops" there on a regular basis. Again, better to remember its heydays!

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On 6/15/2006 at 3:45 PM, Ashikaga said:

I'm wanting to remember a short-lived restaurant chain called "Roy Roger's Roast Beef Sandwich". I'm picturing it somewhere around Gulfgate.

Okay, I'm 14 years late finding this question, but I think of these posts as just building an encyclopedia of information for future Houston history buffs.  So here is what I remember.  I believe Woodridge is the name of the street that runs behind Gulfgate.  It crosses the Gulf Freeway where the Woodridge Baptist church is (or was) located.  If you left the church and drove down Woodridge south toward the 610 Loop, I believe that you would find Roy Rogers Roast Beef's formal location on the right.  Last time I was down that street, I think there was a Wendy's on the right, so Roy Rogers would have been located a bit further down on the right just before you reach the 610 Loop.  That is the best I can do with my aging memory.   I don't think Roy Rogers Roast Beef was around for very long, but I thought it was a good place to eat...quick and affordable if you enjoyed roast beef.

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There were several Roy Rogers Roast Beef locations around Houston in the 70s. One was on the West Loop southbound Feeder just south of Westheimer. After RR went out of business, that location has had several incarnations over the years. For a time it was Arby's, but that went south. Today it is - or was - a porn store named the Zone d' Erotica. It folded a few years ago but the signage is still in place. 

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On 5/7/2020 at 12:30 AM, DarleneinPasadena said:

Okay, I'm 14 years late finding this question, but I think of these posts as just building an encyclopedia of information for future Houston history buffs.  So here is what I remember.  I believe Woodridge is the name of the street that runs behind Gulfgate.  It crosses the Gulf Freeway where the Woodridge Baptist church is (or was) located.  If you left the church and drove down Woodridge south toward the 610 Loop, I believe that you would find Roy Rogers Roast Beef's formal location on the right.  Last time I was down that street, I think there was a Wendy's on the right, so Roy Rogers would have been located a bit further down on the right just before you reach the 610 Loop.  That is the best I can do with my aging memory.   I don't think Roy Rogers Roast Beef was around for very long, but I thought it was a good place to eat...quick and affordable if you enjoyed roast beef.

Roy Roger's WAS good. I worked at the old Mobil service station on the SE corner of the Gulf Freeway and Woodridge. Every Saturday and Sunday, I would walk to Roy Roger's for lunch or dinner, and get either their roast beef sandwich or fried chicken. I loved both!! Then, when the McDonalds opened up next to us, I'd go there. All the time until I got sick of it. We'd been given coupons for a free Big Mac to hand out to our fillup customers. But I used many more myself than I handed out. To this day, I still can't eat at a McDonalds.

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