Tom Lytle sits at the end of the bar, lamenting his last night at his favorite hole in the wall.
"It's an atrocity, it's an institution and it shouldn't be messed with," says the loyal patron of Marfreless for more than 40 years. "I moved with them here and I will be there if they move again."
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Most people seem to be happy Trader Joe's might be moving into the old Alabama Theater? Seems so. We're not foodies, so we have no idea how hip/edgy/status symbol a Trader Joe's is.
But the folks at the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance are worried that renovating the old space into an upscale ... More >>
The Chronicle's real estate reporter Nancy Sarnoff got the scoop today that grocery chain Trader Joe's -- after much speculation -- has its sights set on redeveloping the old Alabama Theater on West Alabama near Shepherd. The currently vacant building would be the first Trader Joe's in Housto ... More >>
Andy Fastow: Time to get a jobAs you might have heard, Andy Fastow has returned to Houston after his stint in a federal prison.
He's currently in a halfway house and, let's face it, he needs a job. Luckily the rules allow him to leave the facility for work or community service.
But Fastow c ... More >>
Allrecords: Moved, after 30 yearsAnother piece of the River Oaks Shopping Center has moved out: Allrecords, which for the past 30 years had been there offering a fine, eclectic selection of rock, jazz and Broadway, has moved out.
Owner Fred Allred tells Hair Balls the neighboring Luke's Lock ... More >>
It's not a chain like Soundwaves, it doesn't host several in-stores a week like Cactus Music, it doesn't share a side street with a block of bars and music venues like Sig's Lagoon, and it's not a destination for vinyl and underground-music junkies like Black Dog, Sound Exchange and Vinal Edg ... More >>
Photo by Robb WalshOyster season is permanently over for Shuck Daddy's.Lasting only a little over a year, the not-quite-Hooters seafood spot Shuck Daddy's (1511 Shepherd) has shucked its last oyster. With Mak Chin suffering a similar fate in the same location in 2009, could it be that Houston ... More >>
Photo by Jim ParsonsA lot of people didn't think Sarah Gish would get far when she formed a group to save the River Oaks movie theater, but the theater is still standing.Still threatened, sure; saved mostly by a slow economy, probably, but in Houston you take what preservation victories you can g ... More >>
Photo by Jim ParsonsThe Alabama Bookstore, the former Alabama Theater, the beloved Montrose icon, is going to be turned into....a Staples?That seems to be the indication from the scoop Swamplot has posted -- architectural drawings the show the property's sloped floor being leveled out by a cement ... More >>
That proposed restaurant in the River Oaks Shopping Center that had everyone up in Armani-clad arms?It's not going to happen.It wasn't the Lexus Revolution that killed it, though -- the city gave Weingarten Realty pretty much everything it asked for in the way of variances.No, it was the economy ... More >>
River Oaks residents, and people who live so close they claim to be River Oaks residents, continue to be up in arms about Weingarten Realty's development of the old shopping center there.A massive parking garage has been built, a huge bookstore is set to replace the smaller one-story string of shops ... More >>