“We went there the very last night they were open and ended up on the TV news,” remembers reader Laura Friedl Jones of the 24-hour Shipley Coffee Shop and Grill that stood for years at the corner of W. Gray St. and Dunlavy St., where the Office Max above squats today.
While you could pick up a dozen glazed there, the fare at this Shipley ranged far afield of the norm for the homegrown chain:
T-Bones? Veal Cutlets? Open face trout sandwiches? At a Shipley?
“I had a fried egg sandwich and french fries,” remembers Jones, who believes the restaurant closed down in the early 1990s. “Everyone called the waitress who worked there ‘Marge’ after Large Marge from Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. [Though] that wasn’t her real name the TV channel that did the news story identified her as ‘Marge.’ Oopsie.”
The grill was operated by the Demeris family of local BBQ renown. It provided round-the-clock competition for the original location of Bibas’ One’s a Meal, across the street at 2019 W. Gray St. In 1996, One’s a Meal migrated east along West Gray, then, in 2008, south to 812 Westheimer Rd., where it became Theo’s Restaurant in 2011.
Photos:Camden Securities Company (Office Max); Laura Friedl Jones (menu)