Antone’s To Close

This is terrible news:

In a world of Subways and Blimpies, one Houston sandwich shop has held its own, but not for much longer. Sadly we’re hearing Antone’s Import Company in the 800 block of Taft and 8100 block of Kirby the will serve up its last sandwich New Year’s Eve.

Loyal customers received the news Tuesday. The Houston eatery has been in the midst of a family legal spat over the rights to the popular sandwich chain following

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Happy New Year

Happy New YearDon’t expect any posts here until tomorrow, as I’m getting ready to ring in the New Year.

It’s going to be a Mucky Duck evening, because the combination of food/music/locale just couldn’t be beaten.

It was a tough choice, though, with Bleu Edmonson and Randy Rogers playing at the Firehouse.

But the Firehouse is too far away, and this is no night to be driving (I can walk to the Duck).

Anyway, I

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Number Five!

There was another auto/train accident today.

That’s five auto/train accidents so far on the new rail line, and the thing doesn’t even officially open until Thursday.

Connelly’s right — stunts like this are a bargain.

Meanwhile, Metro’s plan to shut down its midtown trolley service and force its patrons onto rail (no matter the inconvenience) is being resisted by the trolley riders. I’ll be surprised if they prevail, because Metro’s resources are going to be stretched

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World-Class Mess

The New York Times has picked up the story that nobody in Houston seems to know or care about — the impending 59/527 Spur shutdown (link from Rob Booth):

Jen Marie Rau should love it when work crews tear up the city’s streets and its spaghetti tangle of freeways, sending motorists into a dither: her family business, Key Maps, has been charting greater Houston’s highways and byways since 1957.

But Ms. Rau is helping lead a neighborhood coalition

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Connelly On A Roll

The Houston Press‘s Richard Connelly seems now to have been given the Hair Balls column in its entirety — which makes one who doesn’t understand the ways of corporate alternative media wonder why his old column was taken away — and he’s all wound up about the recent auto/train crashes on the light-rail line:

The casualty-free street violence gets a thumbs-up from professional stuntman Mark Anthony Chavarria, a Houstonian who’s done stunts in Walker, Texas Ranger and Pearl

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