Fort Worth Coffeehouses 1960s
Posted 01 April 2009 - 04:53 PM
Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:07 PM
Posted 01 April 2009 - 07:50 PM
"THE ORIGINAL CELLAR, a basement joint at the corner of Tenth and Main streets in downtown Fort Worth, was a beatnik coffeehouse, a trendy concept when it opened in 1959. By the time I was old enough to sneak out of the house, it had moved to a second-story walk-up three blocks from the Tarrant County courthouse, and no matter what the menu said, it was no longer serving just coffee, if you know what I mean. There were Cellars too in downtown Dallas (on Commerce Street, across from the KLIF building), in downtown Houston (in Market Square), and, briefly, near the River Walk in San Antonio, until officials of the area's five Air Force bases pressured it into closing."
More on The Cellar at the link below"
Pat Kirkwood moved into a house in our neighborhood in Western Hills, just north of whats now Camp Bowie West. The neighbors were very upset at first, but Pat was a good neighbor and all was well.
If you read the history of President Kennedy's visit to Fort Worth, there is mention of all the off-duty Secret Service Agents gathering at The Cellar the night of his arrival.
Posted 02 April 2009 - 07:43 AM
Posted 07 April 2009 - 01:00 PM
We played there in the 60s - "Cellar Dwellers" It was more interesting than you think!!!
Posted 02 May 2009 - 09:53 PM
I spent a lot of time in the Black Beret. I knew the owners. There were several so called Coffeehouses in Fort Worth. Most turned out to be beer joints with pillows. The Black Beret was the only coffeehouse that had an espresso machine. I think to be a coffeehouse you should have one.
Posted 03 May 2009 - 01:35 PM
If you knew the right people you could always get something besides coffee - as EwingFTW mentioned. Those were the good old days when you could legally drive while drinking (as long as you weren't drunk), no seat belts, airbags, and you knew most of the officers on the beats and they were your friends and you looked forward to seeing them instead of having to worry about them watching and waiting for you to get a little over the edge.
Back then there were much fewer major accidents, drugs, law suits, domestic violence - well, there was Cullen Davis - and I can assure you schools would not be shutting down because a handful of kids caught the flu and we would have had Mayfest this weekend!
Just like our Granddads used to say, "Things just ain't the same anymore".
Posted 05 July 2009 - 05:07 AM
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