Monday, June 3, 2013

Pelican's Wharf / Pasghetti's / Royers' College Station Café / NailSpa

The former restaurant today. Notice the cedar trees, and the Kettle sign. The large "Manor House" sign was above that.

2500 Texas Avenue South

This article used to be one of the poorly-written ones, as it originated from an outdated version of the Kroger shopping center across from Southwest Parkway. Today, it's only a nail salon, but an aerial shows that this building predated the entire shopping center across the street as well as many other buildings along that stretch. It was built in the late 1970s (with the 1980 phone book having it), as Pelican's Wharf, an upscale-leaning steak-and-seafood eatery not unlike a nicer chain restaurant (but still cheap enough so that college students could afford to eat there). Another detail I picked up from TexAgs, was that although it was waitservice, there was no set waiter/waitress assigned to a table and they shared their tips.

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For a restaurant, Pelican's Wharf survived a fair number of years, up until the mid-1990s, when it closed (a 1993 phone book and 1995 city directory list it). Around 1996, Pasghetti's opened. According to a comment either here or at another part of the blog (see below for details), you could pick your pasta and sauce, and enjoy it (presumably with a drink and a breadstick) for around $4.95. Refills were a dollar.

At the time I was writing about Pasghetti's, I could really connect to that, because one of my favorite places to eat at Texas A&M at the time was a place inside the Commons food court, where you could essentially get the same thing for about $6.50-$7 (though no refills).

Contemporary view from Google Maps Street View, Texas Avenue side

Later, it was a place called Pasghetti's, and one source I had said it was open "96ish", but I had another source that said it was in the earlier part of the 1990s. The "96" source seems to be the more correct one, as a 1995 city directory still listed Pelican's Wharf, and a 1996-1997 phone book had Pasghetti's here (though it listed as "Pasgetti's", which given they also listed Papa John's as "Pappa John's", I wouldn't take their spelling as gospel). If we adjust the dates, I would say that Pelican's Wharf closed and Pasghetti's opened in the 1994-1995 frame, with Royers' picking up the slack in late 1996 or early 1997.

In 1997, "Royers' College Station Café" opened here. Often erroneously written and recorded as "Royder's", it was a spin-off of Royers' Round Top Cafe, an eatery with pies and unique menu offerings has gotten the attention of food TV shows and other sources of press for its food, décor, and the fact that Round Top, Texas is less than 100 people. Of course, in a brief time in the late 1990s, you didn't have to go southwest of Brenham to eat here, as there was a sister store right here, in College Station.

By 1999, it was gone and it remained that way for several years before NailSpa moved in, which I think was maybe circa 2003-2004.

I don't think I missed any businesses here. I know I strung this together from several posts, including Tales of Defunct Restaurants. Information from Pasghetti's derived from MyBCS.com and a comment on this post, which corrected the date (this was later confirmed by old phone books). There's also a mention of this restaurant in an ad posted over at the Manor East Mall.

I think that NailSpa is a waste for this restaurant building. I sure would like to see a restaurant here again, but in all reality if NailSpa leaves, the building will probably be demolished.


UPDATE 4 (September 2015): full rewrite, incorporating a few elements from the old version.

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