Paul Galvani's (with his wife Christiane) researched and published the book Lost Restaurants of Houston in April 2018. It is available at the River Oaks Bookstore across from Lamar High School and at other locations around town.
Some of these still exist, or the families do, with Houston restaurant families into their 3rd or even 4th generation such as the Carabba's, Christies, Adairs, Vallones, Laurenzos, and more.
In composing this blog a while back before this latest update, I came across a very good FB posting from Katherine Leigh Ermis and Kevin Lacobie and its really good comment sections on this subject and I thought I would preserve it here.
Now, to start off this blogpost, here is Natalie Dressman's article:
Oldest Houston Restaurants
In addition, I know that the Houston Architects Forum has an ongoing discussion of older Houston restaurants.
Defunct Houston Restaurants - Houston Architecture Forum
Back in the day, the Felix Mexican Restaurant on Westheimer had a framed article on Houston dining and I wish I had a copy of that as it listed all of the popular restaurants, circa 1970's.
Another excellent source for information on Houston restaurants that may no longer exist are the Ann Criswell series of Houston Is Cooking and Houston Gourmet books, which show up from time to time in the resale shops in Houston.
Ann Criswell - Houston Is Cooking Books
Thanks, as always, to Gregory Buchold for pursuing and investigating this topic in greater detail. Check out the phenomenal job that Greg has done on Pinterest of documenting these with photos.
Greg has the Pie-Biting Frog website here:
Gregory Buchold - The Pie-Biting Frog
And...Here is a link to his Pinterest photos list of older Houston restaurants:
Greg's Photos Page of Older Houston Restaurants in Pinterest
Greg Buchold's List of Older Houston Restaurants
Thanks, also, go to Russell Weil who wrote the following excellent article for Buzzfeed:
Russell Weil - Restaurant Memories
Katherine Leigh Ermis got the ball rolling on Facebook:
Jay's Facebook Link