Here’s some hot and heavy demo footage of a frenzied excavator tearing apart the former Blanco’s Bar and Grill at 3406 W. Alabama St. this morning, as a worker hoses down the scene from off to the side. A reader captured the final show at the little blue honky-tonk, which housed live music for nearly 32 years before its November 2013 closure.
The land beneath Blanco’s was purchased earlier in 2013 by St. John’s School, as an addition to the school’s campus holdings at the corner of Westheimer Rd. and Buffalo Spdwy. The 13-acre tract, sold to St. John’s by an heir of Ben Taub, also previously harbored the River Oaks Plant House, whose topiary menagerie was shooed off of the median strip at the corner with Westheimer by the start of 2014.
- The Last Dance for Blanco’s: Houston’s Only Old-School Honky-Tonk Closes Its Doors [Houston Press]
- Previously on Swamplot: River Oaks Honky-Tonk Blanco’s To Close, Look for New Location; Prep School Buys Honky-Tonk: Will Blanco’s Go Blank?
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