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I really like old gas stations. In this case, the building itself is nothing special, but the rising angle canopy extending over the old pump islands is a distinctive touch, and one which I suspect identified the original brand of gas the station sold.
The closing date here is just a guess, the place was a gas station long enough that a "Full Serv" sign was installed, when of course when the station opened, all service was "full service". When was the last time you had someone open your battery and add water?
Well, we've been talking about this today in Have Your Say, but let's make it "official": Houston's Low Country Grill on North Main closed on 2 July.
That makes it the second restaurant that I know of in North Main plaza to close. Restaurants close all the time, this site is full of them, and while it is always a shame when somebody's venture fails and people are out of work, that is just the way things sometimes work out in the normal course of events: People get new jobs, maybe the owners try again later with more success. What makes this closing a bit different is that as I understand it, the city used tax dollars to build North Main Plaza and tax dollars to recruit and subsidize tenants. There's certainly nothing wrong with a business taking the best deal it can find, but perhaps those tax dollars could have been better spent than in offering it.
(Hat tip to commenter Jimmy)
However in this case, unlike many cases where a "remodeling" sign is more a fond wish than a hard fact, I think we can expect this store to be back in business before too long as there is actual work underway inside and out.
Heck, even the french fries are being remodeled!
(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)
UPDATE 8 March 2012 -- Repainting has started:
UPDATE 24 October 2012: I've got some pix somewhere, but I shouldn't wait to find them to say that this Burger King is done remodeling and is open again.
If You Build It, They Will Come
But will they stay?
Apparently the city has poured two million dollars into this small shopping plaza on North Main, with very little to show for it.
Last year they lured Cici's Pizza away from its longtime location on Decker Boulevard and things were looking up. This year not so much. Recent years saw the closing of another nearby city sponsored restaurant, The North Main Deli, but just across the street Zesto's still seems to be going strong. Perhaps there's a message there.
(Hat tip to commenter MB)
Well, it appears the North Main Deli is no more. I never stopped there, and don't know a lot about the place, but from the sign on their door, it appears to be another casualty of the times. I believe the former Cici's Pizza from Decker is moving in next door, so I guess it's lose one, win one for this block of Main.
As a total aside, does anyone know if "North Main" is an official name? If you live on this section of Main Street, do you get your mail as "XXXX North Main Street", or just "XXXX Main Street"? I've seen it both ways, and I never know how to list the correct addresses in post titles and the alphabetical list.
(Hat tip to commenter Marsha.)