Much more departed companies and locations in Houston we miss

Photo of Craig HlavatyCraig Hlavaty, 

April 10, 2015Updated: April 10, 2015 1:30 p.m.

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Departed Houston places and businesses we miss

Astrodome fans lined of in droves for perhaps one last peek inside the city’s most recognizable landmark.

Check out some of the other lost businesses and places Houstonians still miss …

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Cassandra Morris tries on a costume with friend Ryan Sawyer at Frankel's Costume, an Houston institution, that closed their doors Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 as the owners are retiring. 2of120Cassandra Morris tries on a costume with friend Ryan Sawyer at Frankel’s Costume, an Houston institution, that closed their doors Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 as the owners are retiring. Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle3of120

The Houston Blacklight Shop was where Houston-area stoners and rockers got the posters that angered and confused their parents.4of120

The Houston Blacklight Shop was where Houston-area stoners and rockers got the posters that angered and confused their parents.

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Old Mexico Tavern5of120

Old Mexico Tavern

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Bill Bennett's Steak House in the Sky7of120

Bill Bennett’s Steak House in the Sky

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Buddy magazine was a short-lived rock magazine that was distributed in Houston. It still exists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.8of120

Buddy magazine was a short-lived rock magazine that was distributed in Houston. It still exists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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The Summit10of120

The Summit

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As the precursor to AstroWorld, Playland Park, above, patrons could choose a tilt-a-whirl, loop-de-loop or 11of120As the precursor to AstroWorld, Playland Park, above, patrons could choose a tilt-a-whirl, loop-de-loop or “rollie” coaster for their scares.File12of120

Dickie Malone opened the Satellite Lounge on Houston's Washington Street 13of120Dickie Malone opened the Satellite Lounge on Houston’s Washington Street “Club Row” back in 1992.Kevin Fujii/File

John L. Price, bartender for 44 years at the Confederate House restaurant in Houston.14of120John L. Price, bartender for 44 years at the Confederate House restaurant in Houston.File 15of120

Sonny Look's Sir Loin Restaurant and Club at 9810 Main.16of120Sonny Look’s Sir Loin Restaurant and Club at 9810 Main.Craig H. Hartley/File

Vargo's was at 2401 Fondren Road.17of120Vargo’s was at 2401 Fondren Road.Nancy Sarnoff/File 18of120

Go-karts at Malibu Grand Prix Southwest Freeway location, March 14, 1984. (Houston Post file)19of120Go-karts at Malibu Grand Prix Southwest Freeway location, March 14, 1984. (Houston Post file) 

Colt Stadium in Houston. It was later replaced by some big domed stadium. 20of120Colt Stadium in Houston. It was later replaced by some big domed stadium. RAY COVEY/Houston Chronicle21of120

The Houston Post. 22of120The Houston Post. Houston Chronicle

Weiners23of120WeinersFile 24of120

Pistol Pete's25of120Pistol Pete’sFile

The Chicken Shack26of120The Chicken ShackFile 27of120

Cabaret Voltaire28of120Cabaret VoltaireFile

Alfred's Delicatessen29of120Alfred’s DelicatessenFile 30of120

Superior Waterbeds31of120Superior WaterbedsFile

Sivils32of120SivilsFile 33of120

The International Club34of120The International ClubFile

Los Troncos35of120Los TroncosFile 36of120

The Island on Main37of120The Island on MainFile

The Houston Brewery on Richmond Avenue.38of120The Houston Brewery on Richmond Avenue.Karen Warren/File 39of120

The old Alabama Theatre, when it was a Bookstop, and before it was Trader Joe's.40of120The old Alabama Theatre, when it was a Bookstop, and before it was Trader Joe’s.Jessica Kourkounis/File

Sammy Relford performs for some of his fans at the Gallant Knight, a late beloved weekend hang for many on Bissonnet.41of120Sammy Relford performs for some of his fans at the Gallant Knight, a late beloved weekend hang for many on Bissonnet.Bill Olive/File 42of120

Actor George Takei and stuntwoman-actress Paula Crist, in character costumes from the movie 43of120Actor George Takei and stuntwoman-actress Paula Crist, in character costumes from the movie “Star Trek – The Motion Picture,” make a promotion appearance at Audio/Video Plus, at 1225 Waugh Drive. Ben DeSoto/File

We love the 44of120We love the “new” Cactus location around the corner, but old location on South Shepherd had a great selection of movies to rent.  That location closed it’s doors permanently in March 2006, after three decades. Jessica Kourkounis/File 45of120

Yucatan Liquor Stand, 6353 Richmond.46of120Yucatan Liquor Stand, 6353 Richmond.Craig H. Hartley/File

Bushwacker for all your feathered hair and perm needs. 47of120Bushwacker for all your feathered hair and perm needs. File 48of120

Not really a 49of120Not really a “Houston” thing, but plenty of you chimed in saying you missed Kmart stores in Houston.Kevin Fujii/File

The Rock Bottom Brewery on Richmond was a magnet for beer aficionados when it opened in 1994. It closed four years later.50of120The Rock Bottom Brewery on Richmond was a magnet for beer aficionados when it opened in 1994. It closed four years later.Paul Howell/File 51of120

Go-carts at Malibu Grand Prix on Southwest Freeway at Westpark, March 14, 1984.52of120Go-carts at Malibu Grand Prix on Southwest Freeway at Westpark, March 14, 1984.Geary Broadnax/File

Crowd having a good time at Club 6400's location at 6130 Richmond.53of120Crowd having a good time at Club 6400’s location at 6130 Richmond.Craig H. Hartley/HP staff54of120

Some of these businesses served generations of Houston customers, but now they are no more.55of120Some of these businesses served generations of Houston customers, but now they are no more. 

Sports Collectibles of Houston closes in February 2015 after more than 30 years of business in Houston. See these other bygone businesses Houstonians will always miss ...56of120

Sports Collectibles of Houston closes in February 2015 after more than 30 years of business in Houston.

See these other bygone businesses Houstonians will always miss …

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Customers crowd into James Coney Island at 1011 Walker. Open at the location since 1975, James Coney Island decided to permanently shut the downtown hot dog shop after a dispute with its landlord in 2010. Now downtown dwellers and lunching crowds need to look elsewhere for hot dogs. 58of120Customers crowd into James Coney Island at 1011 Walker. Open at the location since 1975, James Coney Island decided to
permanently shut the downtown hot dog shop after a dispute with its
landlord in 2010. Now downtown dwellers and lunching crowds need to look elsewhere for hot dogs. 
Larry Reese/File

Aerial of Anheuser Busch Gardens in Houston when it opened in 1971. It was gone within two years. 59of120Aerial of Anheuser Busch Gardens in Houston when it opened in 1971. It was gone within two years. Curtis McGee/File 60of120

Mary's bar in Montrose. It's now the Blacksmith coffee shop. Much different crowd. 61of120Mary’s bar in Montrose. It’s now the Blacksmith coffee shop. Much different crowd. Jessica Kourkounis/File

March 15, 1984: The opening of Hanna Barbera Land, a new park on I-45 at Holzwarth. It was also closed within two years and SplashTown took its place. 62of120March 15, 1984: The opening of Hanna Barbera Land, a new park on I-45 at Holzwarth. It was also closed within two years and SplashTown took its place. E. Joseph Deering/File 63of120

Roll-N Saloon at 4200 San Felipe.64of120Roll-N Saloon at 4200 San Felipe.Bill Olive/File

Pig Stand No. 7 at 2412 Washington.65of120Pig Stand No. 7 at 2412 Washington.Steve Campbell/File 66of120

Bruce Godwin, proprietor of the Record Rack at the corner of South Shepherd and West Alabama since 1982. The shop closed in 2002.67of120Bruce Godwin, proprietor of the Record Rack at the corner of South Shepherd and West Alabama since 1982. The shop closed in 2002.Buster Dean/File

View of the Shamrock Hotel at dusk on March 10, 1986.68of120View of the Shamrock Hotel at dusk on March 10, 1986.Larry Reese/File69of120

George Stefanakis shows off the Ultimate Greek Sampler Platter, left, and desserts at A Zorba the Greek Restaurant.70of120George Stefanakis shows off the Ultimate Greek Sampler Platter, left, and desserts at A Zorba the Greek Restaurant.BRETT COOMER/File

Bring Back the Guns perform at Walter's on Washington Jul. 16, 2005 in Houston, TX. Walter's moved to the downtown area but plenty of people miss the old Washington outpost, which seems to be awaiting a strong wind to knock it down. 71of120Bring Back the Guns perform at Walter’s on Washington Jul. 16, 2005 in Houston, TX. Walter’s moved to the downtown area but plenty of people miss the old Washington outpost, which seems to be awaiting a strong wind to knock it down. Patrick M. Reed/File 72of120

Ale House waitress Maureen McRae delivers drinks to patrons Friday afternoon, May 25, 2001, in Houston.73of120Ale House waitress Maureen McRae delivers drinks to patrons Friday afternoon, May 25, 2001, in Houston.Christobal Perez/File

Michael McMahon of Butera's holding a plate with a grilled portabello mushroom sandwich. The defunct deli still makes the mouths of older Houstonians salivate. 74of120Michael McMahon of Butera’s holding a plate with a grilled portabello mushroom sandwich. The defunct deli still makes the mouths of older Houstonians salivate. Melissa Mahan/File 75of120

Joske's department store at Gulfgate Shopping Center.76of120Joske’s department store at Gulfgate Shopping Center.Stiles and associates/File

The Proletariat was located at 903 Richmond.77of120The Proletariat was located at 903 Richmond.BILL OLIVE/File 78of120

The location of the old Tower Theater, circa 1936, which is now El Real Tex-Mex. As a concert venue Tower Theater hosted the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Sarah McLachlan, and Chris Isaak. 79of120The location of the old Tower Theater, circa 1936, which is now El Real Tex-Mex. As a concert venue Tower Theater hosted the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Sarah McLachlan, and Chris Isaak. File

After being open since 1982, honky tonk Blanco's celebrated its last night of business on Nov. 30, 2013.80of120After being open since 1982, honky tonk Blanco’s celebrated its last night of business on Nov. 30, 2013.Eric Kayne/For the Chronicle81of120

The Sam Houston Coliseum, an indoor arena on Bagby Street, hosted conventions, rodeos, and concerts. 82of120The Sam Houston Coliseum, an indoor arena on Bagby Street, hosted conventions, rodeos, and concerts. Mike Robinson/HC staff

Col. Bubbies in Galveston closed up shop for good on Christmas Eve 2014. Meyer Reiswerg, the store's namesake, passed away in 2009. 83of120Col. Bubbies in Galveston closed up shop for good on Christmas Eve 2014. Meyer Reiswerg, the store’s namesake, passed away in 2009. Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle84of120

The Laff Stop off West Gray was the first place many Houstonians saw many now-famous comics like Louis CK and Dave Attell, and departed greats like Mitch Hedberg. It moved to another location in 2006 and that new spot shut down for good in 2009.85of120The Laff Stop off West Gray was the first place many Houstonians saw many now-famous comics like Louis CK and Dave Attell, and departed greats like Mitch Hedberg. It moved to another location in 2006 and that new spot shut down for good in 2009.Bill Olive/FOR THE CHRONICLE

Built in the 1975, the Best Products Showroom (Kleckley St., near the Almeda-Genoa Mall) was of the most-published pieces of architecture in the U.S. The 86of120Built in the 1975, the Best Products Showroom (Kleckley St., near the Almeda-Genoa Mall) was of the most-published pieces of architecture in the U.S. The “deconstructivist” building that seemed to be crumbling: a joke about the disposable suburban landscape. But the joke contained entirely too much truth. After the store failed in the ’90s, the building was razed.
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Houston Metropolitan Research Ce87of120

Felix Mexican Restaurant sign is still in the patio area of Uchi Restaurant. Ghosts of their killer queso live on in our arteries. 88of120Felix Mexican Restaurant sign is still in the patio area of Uchi Restaurant. Ghosts of their killer queso live on in our arteries. Mayra Beltran/Staff

The State Bar was located on the second floor of the old Rice Hotel downtown. 89of120The State Bar was located on the second floor of the old Rice Hotel downtown.  90of120

The sign at Gilley's Club always meant good times and questionable decisions. 91of120The sign at Gilley’s Club always meant good times and questionable decisions. Ben DeSoto/Houston Chronicle

Van Loc closed late in 2014 after a long run of dishing out spring rolls and garlic tofu. 92of120Van Loc closed late in 2014 after a long run of dishing out spring rolls and garlic tofu.  93of120

Brazos River Bottom closed down in 2013 to make way for other things in Midtown. You can still experience the BRB vibe at Neon Boots, near I-10. 94of120Brazos River Bottom closed down in 2013 to make way for other things in Midtown. You can still experience the BRB vibe at Neon Boots, near I-10. Jerry Baker/Freelance

People enjoyed the patio at Hurricane Hut, which was located at 6130 Richmond. 95of120People enjoyed the patio at Hurricane Hut, which was located at 6130 Richmond. BILL OLIVE/FOR THE CHRONICLE96of120

Downtown Houston's Macy/Foley's building seen here at closing time. 97of120Downtown Houston’s Macy/Foley’s building seen here at closing time. Smiley N. Pool/Houston Chronicle

The old Finger Furniture property at 4001 Gulf Freeway. 98of120The old Finger Furniture property at 4001 Gulf Freeway. courtesy photo/Owner/Photographer99of120

Obviously Blockbuster Video didn't hail from Houston but a lot of Houston movie fans mentioned missing having a walk-in video store, oddly enough. Kids, Blockbuster was like a NetFlix you had to drive to. 100of120Obviously Blockbuster Video didn’t hail from Houston but a lot of Houston movie fans mentioned missing having a walk-in video store, oddly enough. Kids, Blockbuster was like a NetFlix you had to drive to. David Duprey/AP

Buffalo Hardware Co., 2614 Westheimer, shown Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Houston.101of120

Buffalo Hardware Co., 2614 Westheimer, shown Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Houston.

Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle102of120

Diedrich Coffee on Westheimer left us in 2006. 103of120Diedrich Coffee on Westheimer left us in 2006. Carlos Antonio Rios/Chronicle

Accomplished bartender David Mascari makes a 104of120Accomplished bartender David Mascari makes a “Distill My Heart”, at Downing Street Pub, Wednesday, July 20, 2011, in Houston. The bar closed in 2014 after years of stiff drinks and heavy cigar smoke. Karen Warren/Staff105of120

This 1984 photo of Magic Island was part of the exhibit The Elusive City: Photographs of Houston by Paul Hester, which was on display at The Menil Collection in 1998. (Rice Design Alliance) 106of120This 1984 photo of Magic Island was part of the exhibit The Elusive City: Photographs of Houston by Paul Hester, which was on display at The Menil Collection in 1998. (Rice Design Alliance)  

The Greenway 3 theatre closed on New Year's Eve 2007 after more than 30 years of operation.107of120The Greenway 3 theatre closed on New Year’s Eve 2007 after more than 30 years of operation.James Nielsen/Chronicle108of120

Beef brisket as served at Thelma's Barbecue.109of120Beef brisket as served at Thelma’s Barbecue.Steve Campbell/Houston Chronicle

More than a handful old Houston cowboys said that they wish they could have a place like outfitter Cutter Bill's again.110of120More than a handful old Houston cowboys said that they wish they could have a place like outfitter Cutter Bill’s again.File 111of120

Before it turned into respective beer snob and foodie paradises Hay Merchant and the award-winning Underbelly, Chance's inhabited this corner in Montrose.112of120Before it turned into respective beer snob and foodie paradises Hay Merchant and the award-winning Underbelly, Chance’s inhabited this corner in Montrose.File

The G.R.A.B. Bar, at 809 Pierce, was a great place to catch a DJ set until it closed in the late 2000s. Now you can see local apartment dwellers' pups fertilizing the grass out front. 113of120The G.R.A.B. Bar, at 809 Pierce, was a great place to catch a DJ set until it closed in the late 2000s. Now you can see local apartment dwellers’ pups fertilizing the grass out front. Jordan Graber/For the Chronicle114of120

The classic Balinese Room in Galveston, which was wiped out in 2008 by Hurricane Ike. You can still hear the illegal gambling games going on if its a quiet night on the Seawall. 115of120The classic Balinese Room in Galveston, which was wiped out in 2008 by Hurricane Ike. You can still hear the illegal gambling games going on if its a quiet night on the Seawall. Owen Johnson/HP staff

The Alabama Theater is now a Trader Joe's location. Gotta love that cookie butter. 116of120The Alabama Theater is now a Trader Joe’s location. Gotta love that cookie butter. E. Joseph Deering/Houston Chronicle117of120

Galveston once had an animal-filled park similar to SeaWorld called Sea-Arama, where you could see thrill shows, dolphins, and be surrounded by field trips. 118of120Galveston once had an animal-filled park similar to SeaWorld called Sea-Arama, where you could see thrill shows, dolphins, and be surrounded by field trips.  

Astroworld. Enough said. (See, we didn't forget about it.) 119of120Astroworld. Enough said. (See, we didn’t forget about it.) GULF PHOTO/File 120of120

This week thousands of Houstonians waited in line to get a peek inside the Astrodome at NRG Park, if only for five minutes and the opportunity to take a few selfies.

Years since it closed for baseball and other events, The Dome’s legend has only grown in stature.

A few months ago we looked at some of the businesses that Houstonians miss the most, including Sports Collectibles of Houston, which closed for good in February. The sports collectibles shop kept young Houston sports fanatics flush with baseball cards for years. 

That original collection of departed businesses included places like the Roll-N Saloon on San Felipe, the Shamrock Hotel, the Hurricane Hut, Col. Bubbies in Galveston, and Gilley’s in Pasadena.

This time around we’ve included dance mecca Club 6400, the Malibu Grand Prix, and even the Yucatan Liquor Stand, which no doubt helped some Houstonians of a certain age have a few painful mornings after.

 

 

Craig Hlavaty is a freelance writer for chron.com and the Houston Chronicle.

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