Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blue Baker Dominik

Taken January 2017 by author.

This post was originally titled "Dominik Road: Of Beer and Sandwiches". After several rewrites and ultimately spinning off other information, it was rebuilt as an article on Blue Baker 3/4/19.

Built as a restaurant called Danver's Restaurant in the late 1970s (built 1977, possibly opened 1978) that served burgers, sandwiches, and iced tea. It also had a salad bar. (Poor-quality pictures are available somewhere in the archive and were posted to a Facebook group, but I can't find it).

According to my records, it later became a branch of Texas Aggie Bookstore in the late 1980s (you know, before the name was modified), then Brazos Brewing Company by the mid-1990s, a brewpub that didn't last too long, possibly due to the until-very-restrictive Texas brewpub laws. The coasters were adorned with wheat and hops. By the late 1990s, it was the Brazos Blue Ribbon Bakery (moving from the Villa Maria Rd. location), then later Blue Baker (opened May 2001), which it is today. According to a Blue Baker employee, Brazos Blue Ribbon closed abruptly one day--employees found the door locked, and all the baking equipment was left inside. In fact, a lot of Blue Baker's mixing and baking equipment (including a large brick oven, which is no longer used) is from Brazos Blue Ribbon. Despite the similarity in names, Blue Baker and Brazos Blue Ribbon are not related. Blue Baker was a modern success, and by 2007 a new location had opened up on University Drive. Today, they even have a location in Austin as well as off of Highway 40.

I actually have a menu from 2002, with prices and items similar to the original 2001 mix (clearly they've gone up...), but I have yet to scan it.

201 Dominik Drive


Anonymous said...

For a brief time after Quik as a Flash closed, that little building was a fast food place called, I think, The Filling Station. It specialized in fried everything. They were quite good if you could exist on fried everything. Chicken, chicken fried steak, fried livers and gizzards. They also baked beautifully decorated Christmas cookies. Interesting place.

You might also look on Project HOLD in the East Gate oral histories. I think there might be something there on an event where citizens came together to protest the closing of a road. I'm not sure if it was Munson or Walton.

Anonymous said...

The name of the street is actually Dominik Drive.

The location that is home to the original "Blue Baker" was first built in the mid-1970s as a drive through burger place called "Danver's Hamburgers". At one point it was converted to a bookstore and then to a micro-brewery in 1995 named "Brazos Brewing". Briefly, it was home to "Brazos Blue Ribbon Bakery", a business that moved from Villa Maria in Bryan in 1998.

The building next door that currently houses "Gumby's" was originally built as a "Pepe's Tacos".

AggiePhil said...

There now is a signal light on Dominik, at the Bush East intersection.

Lot #1's address is 1501 Texas. According to the Brazos CAD property search (a tool I think would really help with your research), it was built in 1980 as United Citizens Bank (or at least their offices).

Lot #7 was yet another fried chicken place called "The Pump" before Shiraz moved in. Pump you full of fat and calories, I guess!

Anonymous said...

Before becoming a TAMU building, Lot #1 was Aggieland Credit Union (the original location?) I believe it was open contemporaneously with their Northgate location, and then moved to a new building at the NE corner of Southwest Pkwy. & Texas in the late 90s.