Although the lettering’s been gone from Abel Motors’ roadside sign since the auto shop moved in 2016, it’s still got a helpful pointer for passers-by: The Burger Joint is about to take the place over. Pictured above is what the dealership looked like on the northeast corner of Shepherd and 20th St. in its heyday. Since peeling out for a new spot at 9102 Airline Dr., its old digs have been transformed by the brick strip center pictured at top — soon to house the burger restaurant’s first venture north from its sole existing location on Montrose at Westheimer.
Another view of the new burger sign shows it’s still drawing a blank on lower-level messaging:
It’s the second time that a food place has picked up where a car lot left off at this particular Heights crossroads. Pizza parlor Mellow Mushroom did so on the catty-corner property 2 years ago, replacing Dealer Sales. (Meanwhile, Jack in the Box has been a staple fast food at the intersection, holding court on the northwest corner for over a decade.)
- Previously on Swamplot: Abel Motors To Vacate N. Shepherd Spot and Head to Halls Bayou; What’s Getting Wrapped Up on the Corners of 19th and N. Shepherd, Strip Center Alteration Planned for Houston Alternator Shop at N. Shepherd and 19th St.
Photos: Lisa L. Riley (Burger Joint); Swamplox inbox (Abel Motors)