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You do just that to learn more about how you can help visit Houston public media dot org slash amazon Smile Thanks. We've spoken before about things that used to be in Houston but aren't anymore. Astor World the Comets and Arrows much more recently, the disco Kroger. There's been a similar disappearance of some key landmarks over the years in Galveston. Wayne Jones is executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. Tommy Boudreau is co author of The book Lost Restaurants of Galveston's African American Community. Dwayne Tommy. Good Morning. Welcome to the program. Good morning, Dwayne. Let me start with you. What immediately comes to mind for you when we talk about things that used to be in Galveston, but are not anymore. Well, there are several that come up to me come to mind immediately. One of them that most galvestonians talk about is the loss of the Ursuline Academy, which was just off 25th street in Galveston. So after Hurricane Carla, uh, that building have had some significant damage and It was removed within a few years after that, but it's it's one of Nicolas Clayton. It was one of those Clayton's really spectacular religious oriented buildings. And so we lost that. Some years ago. So that's the first one that most local people talk about as being a significant loss. What else? What other ones right after that? Well, you know, hurricanes aren't very kind to Galveston. So it's been one of one of the things that's probably determined the fate of a number of buildings that we would hate to lose. But I also think of the balconies room. I don't know if people recall right after Hurricane Ike that was totally destroyed. And for those who may not be a player with the Balinese room, it stretched out over the Gulf of Mexico from Seawall Boulevard, and it just fell into pieces from the the power of Ike and 2000 and eight But it was the great story. It was one of those sort of almost romantic and romanticized stories today in Galveston. About the underground sort of gambling and entertainment community of the island and the the 20th century, particularly in the mid 20th centuries with the Maceio family, So and I had this wonderful kind of, if you if you all remember that and see those images from the past this wonderful kind of Asian influenced architecture. That just set out there on the water with the It was just really, really amazing Little building and so that that was totally gone. And people still talk about it still has. I think it has some Sort of a social media thing following it, even to this day. Tommy, what prompted you to want to write a book about black owned restaurants of Galveston's past? Want to be honest with you. Um we were going to publish a cookbook. Um That Dr Jones, Dwight Jones suggested that we do After the first book, Allison I published and As As Blaine has sad, um Our storms, uh, devastated us over the years, and we found that we couldn't find a lot of recipes because so many people lost everything doing Hurricane Ike. But as we, um Start hearing stories about some of the restaurant owners, some of the great cooks and Galveston we decided that we would tell their story and included many recipes as we possibly could. Tommy. What are some examples of some of those restaurants that whether they were lost during Ike or or from other reasons, other times from Galveston's past that we all should really know about. Listen, had always been known for, you know, excellent food. So, uh, we had a number of them barbecue restaurants. Uh um, uh, Oliver barbecue stand why? It was called saying I don't know, because he You is indoor eating into a dining tiptop cafe, Honey Brown, Uh, people had their choice of restaurants and If they like one person leaks and the other person deal. That was kind of how you know things wet and you know, we had people of all nationalities. It was time to those restaurant and The owners were really kind of the head of this. African American communities. They were the ones who kept up with all of the city issues and so on those things that would be relevant to the African American community, Dwayne are there other restaurants or hotels from Galveston's past that stick out to you as landmarks that have come and gone. There are and I would like to mention a couple of those. But I was going to ask Tommy as she might talk about which is my favorite lost restaurant in her book, which is called the squeeze in and the building is still there, I think, but I love that name, and she might describe a little bit about it because it was pretty pretty distinctive. Yeah, By all means, Tommy. Okay, squeeze and was in an alley. Um, and the first time I heard about it, the name was kind of like uncomfortable for me. But, uh, found out that it was Mrs Richardson and her daughter who ran this. Restaurant in the alley only had about six tables and when they would prepare of the food, they had a special menu every every day, And once it was gone, it was gone. So you have people lining up in that alley waiting to get in 11 o'clock. My memory of it. I did, uh, either one day and I still remember this smothered pork chops and Mac Spectators and Grady Greens and corn bread. So, uh, it was. It was a very unique place and again. It's closed now, but the building is still there. And if you live there Dwayne, We have just a minute or so left. Can you talk a little bit about maybe some hotels in Galveston? It that aren't around anymore that people remember Sure, I think almost everybody would remember the flagship hotel, which was also over the Gulf, Mexico about 25th story, which came down also after Hurricane Ike and is now on entertainment center, of course, but The sea walls had a lot of lots of motels and the seahorse motel. People might remember that Jack Tar Motel, which was down, uh, near the end of Broadway, Uh, the Buccaneer Hotel would was also on seawall. This wonderful sort of shipped shaped hotel, which was called the S S. Galveston came down about 2000 and four So a lot of the things that we remember a lot of us growing up and coming to Galveston or hanging out down here. Lot of those motels and early hotels are are gone just because of the dynamics of real estate and the impact of storms. Still on those two Duane Jones is executive director of the Galveston Historical Foundation. Tommy Boudreau is co author of the book Lost Restaurants of Galveston's African American Community. Dwayne Tommy. Thank you both very much. Thank you. Thank you are Uncle And that will do it for today's show. The Houston matters team includes Michael Haggerty, Joshua's in Brent Ruiz and Troy Schultz. David Pittman's Our Technical director. Remember to join Ernie Menus for Town.

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