Monday, July 29, 2013

Grins at 4410 College Main

4410 College Main

Find the error with the times of operation!

Grins was another quasi-Northgate establishment further up College Main in Bryan, and reportedly hosted some great live entertainment acts in its day. I've heard that the only "drinking" opportunities they had was Coors Light, so I'm guessing the food wasn't too fantastic either. The above advertisement came from November 1979. By 1984 (may have been as early as 1982), it was Dr. G's, unrelated to the later Mr. G's, Dr. G's ("The Remedy", it advertised) offered live music, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and Mexican food (likely beer, too, though the ad didn't mention that). Still later it became Brazos Landing Seafood Grill & Bar (seafood, salads, and burgers--the ad mentioned swordfish, hamburgers, grilled shrimp, blackened chicken, salads, "and more").

Other tenants that I could find and confirm included: Venetian Blind Hospital (or Sturdi-Craft Co.) (1947). Know any others?

Today, the spot is Junction Five-o-Five, which despite its name, isn't a bar or other entertainment establishment. A picture of the current building was taken in June 2014 by me.

updated june '14 with new photo and some new info


Doojies said...

Great post. I hope you don't mind that I shared it on our hometown facebook page, "You Know You From Bryan/College Station When..."; these are the kinds of memories we like to share.

Anonymous said...

Lyle Lovett got his start there. You could see him with no cover charge. The song the Old Front Porch is about the porch there that had a swing. You could get a bucket of 6 beers for six bucks.

Stanton Ray said...

I remember Lyle, Kenny and KC, Kathy and her dad, Robert Earl, Holly, and Ellen. It was heavenly in those days.
'This Old Porch' was written on the porch of a house on Church Street a few blocks from Grins (I slept on the couch at that house a few times when I was snake bit).
God bless them all.