Friday, October 11, 2013
4526 Bryan - Phone Tenison 0382
Hickory Smoked Bar-B-Q - Cold Beer - Fast Service - Free Delivery
Chris Drive Inn was located on the south side of Bryan between Carroll and Peak about where Holly forms a "T". The site was at various times home to a plumbing company, a cafe, and several lounges, including Tom & Jerry Lounge in the early 1960s. It was apparently a two-story building with living quarters above the business, but both floors were rented as apartments from time to time. From the phone number I'd guess this matchbook was from the early 50s but so far I've found no other trace of this long lost bar-b-q joint. The address is no longer even listed as a property in Dallas County tax records.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
409 No. Harwood St. - Phone 2-0376
I like this image of the determined bellboy, but I haven't found much about this old hotel. I would have especially liked to find the origin of its unusual name. What I did find was that it was in operation at least from 1933 to 1938, and in 1933 you could rent an "attractively furnished" room with private bath and ceiling fan from $4 to $7 a week. 409 North Harwood was about midway between Bryan and Live Oak Street.