Thursday, July 16, 2015

New CVS on corner of West Alabama and Shepherd, and a bit of nostalgia for late-night (or early-morning) Mexican food at Ruchi's


New CVS/pharmacy store (opened 2015) at 2111 W. Alabama Street Houston, TX 77098
CVS on West Alabama at Shepherd with NOW OPEN banner (7/16/2015)
The new store has a West Alabama street address although the entrance faces South Shepherd

2111 W. Alabama Street Houston, TX 77098

The new CVS in the SW corner of West Alabama and S. Shepherd recently opened its doors. Some local commentators have decried the demolition of the old shopping center  abutting the sidewalks that housed a 24-hour Mexican restaurant (Ruchi's), a laundry (Oak Cleaners), and a pub (Roeder's), but the building was not exactly an architectural jewel, unlike the Alabama-Shepherd-Shopping Center (name per GoogleMaps) in the NW corner, which was also threatened with demolition a few years ago, and generated something of a popular movement by concerned Innerloopers to preserve it. The theater has been re-re-purposed (from its prior conversion to a bookstore) and now houses a Trader Joe's, which makes for a good fit with the art deco-style architecture. 

Trader Joe's in historic Alabama Theater (July 2015 pic) 
MAIKO Asian Bar and Bistro
MAIKO Bistro with sidewalk-side tables offering a view of the new
CVS parking lot across West Alabama Street 
THE ALABAMA "obelisk" on South Shepherd 
Alabama-Shepherd Shopping Center
2934 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77098 

Alabama-Shepherd Shopping Center 2934 S Shepherd Dr Houston, TX 77098
Trader Joe's theater conversion - view from across South Shepherd 

Here are some archival pics of what stood on what has become the new drug store's parking lot:

The last days of Ruchi's 
Shepherd Corner Tenant Sign 
 Ruchi's late-night Mexican eatery nostalgia 

Rincon de Mexico Grill - Night-time view 

Ruchi's El Rincon de Mexico Grill
alternatively known as Ruchi's Taquerie Las Americas
- Daytime view across S. Shepherd some years before demolition 
Shepherd Corner in 2011
View across West Alabama 
Archival pic of Onaga (2013)
Nigh-time view of Onaga Bistro (2013) 

Archival pic of Zake Japanese Restaurant (ca. 2011)





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