Richmond Strip

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    Openings & Closings: Renovated Restaurants and Born-Again Bars

    It was a busy week for openings, so we'll kick things off this Friday with some happy news. Eleven XI, the new restaurant helmed by chef Kevin Bryant, opened this past Tuesday night...and it already has three Yelp reviews. The location at 607 West Gray had to be extensively renovated to turn the f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2012

    Openings & Closings, Heavy on the "Closings"

    While there wasn't a whole lot of good news to report this week, there was a rash of closings. The holidays can be killer like that. After many years in business serving martinis to the Shepherd Plaza crowd, The Davenport closed last week. Often dubbed "The Davensnort" for the, ahem, activities tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Openings & Closings: January 2012

    After 45 years in business along Washington Avenue, Guadalajara Bakery is closing its doors on February 29. Unlike previous closing scares for the longtime breakfast taco purveyor, this one is concrete: New owners purchased the building and gave the family 30 days notice to vacate. A bar is planned ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2011

    Esvin Sabonluis, Killed Near Richmond Strip: Man Arrested, Charged

    Another suspect is still at large.​Last month we told you about a man killed as he walked to his car with his wife near the Richmond Strip, an area not generally known for outright murder. Esvin Sabonluis, 27, was killed about 9:10 p.m. October 23 in the 6200 block of Fairdale, near Fountain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Esvin Sabonluis, 27, Shot Near Richmond Strip, Bayou Body Count No. 161

    Murdered near the Richmond Strip​A man walking with his wife to their car near the Richmond Strip was shot to death last night during a robbery attempt, police say. Esvin Sabonluis, 27, was killed about 9:10 p.m. in the 6200 block of Fairdale, near Fountain Vie and Richmond, HPD says. "Mr. S ... More >>

  • Music

    August 18, 2011

    Stand and Deliver

    Kiotti, freestyler turned radio personality, helps Signature Lounge distinguish itself.

  • Music

    April 28, 2011

    Back in Business

    Life returns to the Richmond Strip.

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    10 Worst Robbery Neighborhoods In Houston

    ​Last week we gave you the 10 worst neighborhoods in Houston for burglaries. This week, just in time for Christmas shopping, it's the worst neighborhoods for robbery. As we cautioned before, HPD doesn't suggest comparing this raw data from neighborhood to neighborhood. Some beats are more den ... More >>

  • News

    December 2, 2010

    One Last Hit of K-2

    Fake weed's final freewheeling days

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Our John Nova Lomax Explains The Wilting Of The Richmond Strip To TV Viewers

     Channel 39 did a recent piece on whatever happened to the Richmond Strip, and turned for expert advice to our own John Nova Lomax. Includes exciting footage of Lomax preparing to type.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 26, Bayou Body Count No. 123

    Deadly accident on a Friday night near the Richmond Strip​A fatal auto/pedestrian accident Friday night near the Richmond Strip has resulted in intoxication assault charges against the driver, Houston police say.Cops say was driving a silver Lexus ES350 in the 6100 block of Fairdale near Dave & ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2010

    Wild On Washington Avenue: The Outtakes

    Washington Avenue is Houston's ne​west destination for young people and people trying to pass as young; hip people and those trying to remain hip; well-to-do and those who nurse a beer through the night.It's also become a place where residents complain about drunks pissing in their yards at 2 a. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    Houston 101: Cruising Westheimer: The Favorite Teenage Pastime of Reagan-Era Houston

    ​For such a big city, '80s Houston was in some ways still a small town. Case in point: the teenage ritual of cruising Westheimer, in which the fourth largest city in America did its best to impersonate a one-Dairy Queen town, one where all you can do is drive down the strip and then turn back arou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    They All Look Alike To The Chronicle

    Perusing the "Hot Ticket" spread in this week's Chronicle's Preview section, we came across this little doozy of a mislabeled photo:The caption reads, in part, "Trombone Shorty (pictured here in Guitar Shorty mode) and Orleans Avenue will headline A Gulf Coast Juneteenth...7 p.m. Friday at Miller Ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2009

    Vince Young Can't Beat Out A Has-Been QB, But He Can Make It Rain

    Okay, imagine you're a third overall draft pick, and two years into your football career, you've lost your job as starting quarterback to an aging, recovering alcoholic, racist retread. You're teetering on the brink of being labeled one of the biggest busts in recent football history. What's more, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2009

    Some Straight Bar In Houston Is About To Be Invaded By Teh Gheys

    Illustration courtesy wikipediaThe "Guerrilla Gay Bar" concept is coming to Houston.Announced on a Facebook page, the event will begin Friday night.And what is a Guerrilla Gay Bar?As the announcement says: "Once a month, we will venture away from our normal hangouts and take over one of the local 's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Judge Not The Two-Step, Lest Ye Be Judged

    Yeah, so we judged a Texas Two-Step dancing contest last night.That's pretty much the equivalent of Sarah Palin judging a Dance Salad festival, but we tried.You know it's bad when the only song you recognize in the half-dozen or so tunes in the warm-up is George Strait's "Love Without End, Amen, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    Satellite Collision: Red-Light Cameras To Blame?

    NASA has announced that one of its satellites has collided with a Russian satellite, creating a cloud of space debris that threatens other space objects.They did not say whether red-light cameras played any part in the collision.Scientists say, however, that satellites have never collided in the 50- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Say Hello to EaDo

    We once described the area immediately to the east of the George R. Brown Convention Center as a "silent, godforsaken stretch of no-man's-land" that is neither the Warehouse District, nor the Third Ward, nor the East End. We employed that bulky definition because by 2000, its 1980s and '90s name - ... More >>

  • Music

    May 15, 2008
  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    Sole of Houston: Richmond Avenue Facts

    This week, David Beebe and I tackled Richmond, from the Mission Bend Park and Ride to the Wheeler Station on the light rail. I’ll have the full story up in a few minutes, but here’s a little something to whet your appetite. Richmond Ave, by the numbers Bars stopped in: 6 Dangerous wild an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008
  • Music

    June 29, 2006

    Chillin' with tha Eskimoz

    We have a Whatachat with the guys behind the fast-food rap video

  • News

    June 30, 2005

    Binge Benefits

    A look inside the bars of the Near Northside

  • Music

    January 27, 2005

    Let's Go Down-town!

    Now, live music is waiting for you

  • Music

    November 18, 2004

    Elephant Dance

    Cuttin' a rug with the Dubya bunch at Wild West

  • Calendar

    March 4, 2004

    Advantage: MILFs

    Women 35 and up serve it up

  • News

    January 22, 2004

    Bling Thing

    A hip-hop summit preaches what it doesn't practice

  • Music

    September 11, 2003

    David Brake and That Damn Band

    Lean, Mean Texas Machine (Westerland Records)

  • News

    August 14, 2003

    Burying the Past

    A farewell slap to a Chronicle columnist

  • Music

    July 17, 2003

    Richmond's Burning

    Ten people have been shot on the Richmond Strip since May. And this is where we want to send thousands of Super Bowl fans?

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2003

    Berry Talented

    Charlie Berry performs at Porky's

  • Music

    August 16, 2001

    The Turn of the Screw

    In which a narcotic, native-born music finds a nightclub home

  • Music

    December 21, 2000

    Mansion on the Hill

    A trendy nightspot just off the Richmond Strip stands apart from its monochromatic competitors

  • Music

    September 2, 1999

    Local Music News


  • Dining

    May 6, 1999

    Capital Improvement

    The Travis Cafe feels like Austin -- if Austin had good food

  • Dining

    March 25, 1999
  • Music

    October 8, 1998
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    October 1, 1998
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    September 24, 1998
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    August 6, 1998
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    July 23, 1998
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    April 30, 1998
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    April 2, 1998
  • News

    March 27, 1997

    King of Richmond Strip

    Dennis Lange has almost complete control of the most lucrative live music outlets in Houston. You want to play? Then you play his way.

  • Calendar

    October 31, 1996
  • Music

    January 4, 1996
  • Music

    June 2, 1994

    Cover Boys

    For Houston's cover bands, the party never ends and the songs remain the same

  • News

    December 30, 1993

    On the edge in Edge City

    Brad Tyer finds fun, more fun and big fun on the Richmond Strip

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