Lenox Barbecue closed its doors after 63 years last week. The East End restaurant was closed to give way to a new light rail project.
Also last week, two Houston-born chains marked anniversaries. James Coney Island marked its 86th year of dishing up hot dogs and Prince's Hamburgers blew out the candles on its 75th birthday cake.
And all that got me to thinking about the Houston area's oldest restaurants. Here's a timeline:
Gaido's, the often fussy feeling, still family owned seafood restaurant, opens in Galveston. Not even Ike could keep Gaido's down.
Original Mexican Cafe on Galveston Island.
Christie's Seafood & Steak, another family owned seafood restaurant, opens in Galveston. It relocates to the mainland in 1939.
James Coney Island
Two Greek brothers -- Tom and James Papadakis -- open a hot dog stand that they dub James Coney Island.
Prince's Hamburgers -- founded in Dallas in 1929 -- comes to Houston.
John Davis opens Shepherd Drive Bar-B-Q. Later Jerry Pizzitola takes over as owner/pitmaster. Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue still makes smokey, expertly-sauced ribs.
Herman and Lorene Brenner opened Brenner's, a diner serving light fare that eventually grew up to be one of the city's most post dining rooms. Closed temporarily in the 2002, the landmark restaurant -- and Mrs. Brenner's recipes -- were purchased and revitalized by Landry's Restaurants.
Donnelley's Mexican Restaurant begins serving the family's handmade tamales and hot sauce in Baytown.
Cleburne Cafeteria begins comforting its neighbors with its homey fare.
Raul Molina opens the Old Monterrey. Molina's now has two locations, one on Westheimer and one on Washington.
Kozy Kitchen begins serving barbecue in the Fifth Ward.
Houston's oldest restaurants are whippersnappers compared to the three considered to be America's oldest. Those are: