Guest Post: We’re losing Astroworld but we’ll never lose Star Pizza

-Posted by beingkatie on behalf of Jay Lee

This is not a restaurant review

I’ve been in Houston most of my life and without disclosing too much we’ll just say that’s a long time.
This city has grown and changed over the years and looks nothing like it did even a few short years ago.

Houston landmarks are disappearing or changing with greater and greater frequency. The Houston Coliseum where the Beatles played is gone. The Houston Summit where I saw some of the greatest rock concerts of all time slowly changed to become the Compaq Center and is now the home of Lakewood Church. The eighth wonder of the world, The Astrodome, has gone from a magnificent baseball and football stadium to a convienent and expendable evacuation center for those seeking refuge from the devastating effects of hurrican Katrina. KLOL, Houston’s premier rock and roll radio station, is now a Spanish station playing Reggaeton, Spanish hip hop and pop hits (bleh!). Even Astroworld is slated to close it’s doors before the end of this year.

But some things never seem to change, thank goodness.

It’s been a long time since I have eaten at Star Pizza and when I was invited by my colleague Dwight Silverman to meet up for dinner to discuss the future of Technology Bytes with his friend Chris Hearne, the founding publisher of the Houston Press it seemed a most logical choice.

Founded 30 years ago by Hank and Marilyn Zwirek, The original Star Pizza at 2111 Norfolk has provided Houston with it’s most well known outlet for procuring a genuine Chicago style pizza in our fair city. It has also been a place one could go to get a tasty Italian meal and, more importantly, it has been an inner-city gathering place with easy access to the heart of Houston for all these years. It’s super casual with plenty of dining space inside and out. The atmosphere (combined with delicious pizza and adult beverages) is very conducive to a most animated and thoughtful conversation. Just about anyone you talk to knows about Star Pizza.

I don’t know if we accomplished much last night but I am sure glad I went. It’s comforting just knowing that they’re there and you can walk in on a Thursday night and get some good food served by a friendly and attentive staff of pizza proffessionals.

4 Comments so far

  1. Alana Waters (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 2:00 pm

    “Even Astroworld is slated to close it’s doors before the end of this year.”

    WHAT? WHAT?? WHAT???!!!

    Why! WHY?!!! Oh Astroworld! No way! Whyyyyy?

    Astroworld was where I got to go when I got good grades! That’s where I went for my 21st birthday! That’s where I took my oldest daughter for her 3rd birthday! It’s where I spent much of my summer in high school. I just can’t imagine it not being there.

    Oh that just sucks. So what’s the whole story?

  2. HouDog (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 2:39 pm
  3. Fyre (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 2:53 pm

    Isn’t Star Pizza the reason that the Satellite Lounge had to close? When, I believe, Star Pizza moved in on Washington, beside the Sat. Lounge, they owned the parking lot beside the Sat. Star Pizza forbade Satellite customers to park in their lot, even when the pizza place was closed. Since there was no other parking availible, Sat. had to close down.

    Now, I may be mistaken, and Satellite may have closed down for other reason, OR, it could have been another pizza company. If I’m wrong, please educate me… but I heard this repeated from so many people that are supposedly “in the know,” back then, that I wound up accepting it. *shrug*

  4. Katie (unregistered) on October 20th, 2005 @ 3:06 pm

    You are right, in a way. Looks like the guy who owns Star Pizza bought that whole block and told Sat Lounge it had to move b/c they didn’t want to compete for parking.

    Read it all here.

    I still love Star Pizza though.

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