Tuesday, October 22, 2013


Goldfinger Greek Restaurant opened in March 1973 at 2905 Cridelle, a half block north of Northwest Highway in the Bachman Lake Area. In 1975 the Dallas Morning News had this to say about it: "Probably the best Greek food in town, served in an elegant atmosphere, with live Greek and American music and a tiny dance floor. Try the excellent moussaka, veal renata or souvlaki and shrimp. And the dolmas are superb. Prices: $4.50 to $9.75."

The restaurant stayed in business a good 30 years at least, and I found an online review as late as 2005. The name of the street was changed from Cridelle to Webb Chapel Extension (so romantic), and sometime after 2005 the restaurant changed hands and became the Rio Bravo Mexican Restaurant. The building is relatively unchanged although the color scheme has gone from white with green and yellow trim to simply black and white.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Chris Drive Inn

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

Zo-Mar Hotel

409 No. Harwood St.  -  Phone 2-0376
"Modern Rooms"

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.