Montalbano Tire Puts on the Brakes

The retirement sale sign up now in front of Montalbano Tire and Auto Service at 1302 Houston Ave isn’t just advertising tire replacement: Owner Tony Montalbano sent out a letter last week to customers informing them that the 76-year-old business would close on November 17, though a source tells Swamplot that date has since been pushed back about a week. The 13,915 sq.-ft. car care building on the corner of Houston Ave and Dart St. went up in 1960 and sits on just over three-quarters of an acre. The first photo above shows the store’s front entrance on the corner looking north up Houston Ave.

Across Houston Ave, Montalbano’s much larger neighbor of the same surname — Montalbano Lumber — remains open for business.

Photos: Marc Longoria

First Ward

One Comment

  • Sad to see him go. I always enjoyed chatting with Mr. Montalbano and have been impressed and pleased with the service they provided. I still remember the first significant work I had done on my car there – brakes. When I came to pick it up, the price was less than quoted! The job ended up being slightly easier than anticipated. Not sure many garages would do that…