We drove down West End Avenue today to see the Shrine Circus and Houston’s restaurant is completely GONE. It’s been bulldozed. I knew it was closing, but wasn’t prepared to see a big pile of rubble. I went there for junior prom in 1986. Rio Bravo on West End, almost directly across the street has also been bulldozed (I just read in the City Paper it will now be site of a Stoney River Steaks). It will be interesting to see if Houston’s will be replaced with another restaurant or an office building. I will miss Houston’s as well as Blue Moon Waterfront Cafe, which closed earlier this year. The Cooker on West End also closed this year (I enjoyed a lot of lunch hours on West End with my Brat Pack friends when I worked at Vanderbilt) and is now a J Alexanders.