Thursday, February 18, 2016

Hollywood making comeback as Borgo after successful West Alabama rehab

Convenience store on corner of Timmons and W. Alabama
gets a new life as Borgo Food Station,
an Italian-inspired healthy eats concept. 

 BEFORE AND AFTER PICS,
OR RATHER AFTER AND BEFORE, 
IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER 

BORGO FOOD STATION
NOW OPEN: BORGO FOOD STATION
Click hotlink to check out their Facebook page 
LOCATION ASSESSMENT: 3641 W Alabama St Houston, TX 77027

Parking on the corner lot is limited and walkability on West Alabama is poor (narrow sidewalks with intermittent wooden utility poles planted right in the middle of the pavement). So, the people behind Borgo should be commended for taking on a challenge. That said, they should see a boost to business once the apartments now going up on Timmons are coming on the market. The planned improvement of West Alabama itself may prove a mixed blessing, if any. judging by the fiasco created by the recent "reconstruction" of Westheimer between Kirby and Shepherd. Borgo will definitely be within walking distance of the new residential development. In the meantime, the store's prioritizing of the take-out business might provide an interim solution by making more efficient use of the few parking spaces on its own property.

LA SOLUZIONE DEL POSTINO:

Unlike the Halal Guys, Borgo doesn't have the option to just let their fans invade a fallow nearby shopping center, or do the equivalent of turning the 59 Diner's parking lot into an informal halal drive-in. Come to think of it, perhaps the parking lot of the fading Timmons Post Office could be repurposed before it gets sold to the highest bidder. Julius Melcher, whoever he was, might have been pleased....to see the deteriorating facility named in his honor revived as a picnic spot where innerloopers can enjoy healthy Italian eats in the comfort of their own vehicle, or - on a nice day under the non-Tuscan sun -- sit on their tailgate, Texas-style, sinking their teeth into a tasty panino con prosciutto.

3641 W Alabama St at Timmons - Houston, TX 77027 

BELOW: PRIOR TO THE RE-ADAPTATION 


Street-side non-signage at Hollywood Square
while awaiting re-purposing 

AND HERE IS HOW THE CORNER PROPERTY LOOKED
 TOWARD THE END OF ITS  HOLLYWOOD CAREER  

Hollywood Food Store on Timmons at W Alabama in June 2013
Hollywood Food Store on Timmons at W Alabama in June 2013
with white-washed community poster board

Hollywood Food Stores still exists on West Alabama east of Shepherd and on Montrose Boulevard
Another location on Lower Westheimer at Helena Street has since become a discount Mattress Store

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