signman - I was pleased, just because of the convenience factor, when they started appearing in supermarket deli sections, but worried when they announced they were going to be in Exxon stations. That was supposed to extend outside the Houston area and eventually be statewide, but I haven't heard if that's proceeding. I stopped in at a Kroger this morning on the way to work to pick one up for breakfast
but they hadn't received the day's shipment yet
They're certainly better than Regal and Sandwich King, the others I am unfortunately acquainted with, but that ain't sayin' very much!
olphart - they started with the outlying locations about 20 years ago, long before the investors moved in, but the stores never seemed to last. Something about that old store, or maybe the near town clientele as opposed to the suburbs
. The other family owned location was in the Village on Kirby, I understand, and I'm hearing that may still be open. I'm not even really sure where that one was. I just found out today the franchise/chain locations were called 'Antone's Famous Po' Boys and Deli,' the family owned locations were 'Antone's Import Co.'
BTW, olphart, welcome to Roadfood! It's very good to have another contributor from Houston aboard. I look forward to reading your posts.
JimInKy - hard to tell what the trends are on the Houston restaurant scene. The growth is in ethnic eateries, what I call madre y padre places, especially Central American and South American and Far Eastern, and up-scale boutique restaurants. That and the relentless onslaught of the fast food chains.