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Old 08-05-2007, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Default Gone but not forgotten in Houston!

There's a very long running thread in the San Antonio forum about this. Basically, it's just to recall great places that have closed, moved away, or been bulldozed in our great city.

For me, it's Tokyo Garden, the huge Japanese restaurant near the Galleria that was a part of this city's landscape for decades. The place was awesome, and I miss going there for my birthday every year for teriyaki, tempura and sake!
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Old 08-05-2007, 06:33 PM
 
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The funnel cake stand at Astroworld!
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:52 PM
 
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Where to start?

Kemah back when it had the old drawbridge, before it became Fertittaville. As a child (70s) we'd go crabbing under the drawbridge, fish off the piers, buy right off the shrimp boats. The fancy place to eat on the pier was then called Jimmie Walkers. Special-occasion dinners with grandma and grandpa kind of place.

Gilley's. Everything you saw in the movie, but un-sanitized. And a whole lot more.

The bargain basement at Foley's downtown.

Lower Westheimer in the late 70's --late 80's.

The 'Dome.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:56 PM
 
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Peppermint Park
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:29 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker;)
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Mostly dive bars and nightclubs like the Unicorn, the Vatican, the Abyss, Urban Art Bar, Instant Karma, the old Notsuoh, the Mausoleum, the Blue Iguana, the real, original Rockefellers, the Fabulous Satellite Lounge, Mother's, Heaven, Mahogany Café, and the list goes on. Extra-gay, extra seedy 1980s-90s Lower Westheimer and Montrose in general. Oooooh... Dream Merchant! I really miss that place.

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Old 08-05-2007, 09:38 PM
 
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Do they still do concerts at the International Ballroom on South Main? If not, throw that on the list.

Nothing like a stripped down, standing-room-only moshpit with the company of Rage Against The Machine and the Deftones. You haven't been to a concert until you've been one in an abandoned grocery store.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:43 PM
 
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And how could I forget Cactus Music & Video??! R.I.P.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:46 PM
 
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Oh, and Mr. Peabody's Wayback Machine! And Wear It Again Sam!!! And the Texas Hemp Company, with Montrose pirate radio upstairs... those were the days. Montrose was amazing back then... *sniff*
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:53 AM
 
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Defunct clubs from back in the 80s/punk heyday: The Island!!
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Old 08-06-2007, 08:01 PM
 
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The Ale House. Man, I loved that place. Ghosts and all.
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