Is there more change coming to lower Richmond?
The former Shell station and grocery at 1810 Richmond Ave known until recently (formally) known as Richwood Market and (informally) as “Freaky Foods” is boarded up and graffiti-tagged:
Next door to venerable and jolly King Cole liquor and catty-corner to the ever-evolving La Tapatia taqueria, Freaky Foods earned its sobriquet less from the wares on its shelves than its clientele, many of whom availed themselves of the fact that, as former Public News writer Mel Sharkskin once put it, “you could buy your rolling papers and Ding-Dongs at 3 a.m.”
Today, nobody’s buying anything inside, although the parking lot seems a favored haunt of a vodka mini-bottle aficionado. (A dozen or so more did not fit the frame.)
The building celebrates its 80th birthday next year; it occupies about one-quarter of this four-lot parcel. Richwood Houston Inc. is listed as the owner and that entity also owns an adjacent lot at 4208 Woodhead St.
Photos: Swamplot inbox