Blanco's country-western bar in Houston to close

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Associated Press

Posted on November 4, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 4 at 9:32 AM

HOUSTON (AP) — Blanco's Bar and Grill — a bastion of Southern cooking and country-and-western dancing located in the swanky River Oaks area of Houston — is closing after 30 years.

The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1hCJte3 ) reports that after the recent sale of the building, the establishment will close Nov. 30.

Co-owner Karin Barnes says she feels like she is losing an old friend.

A final bash by many musicians who play there regularly will be held on the closing day.

Blanco's was opened by the late Barry E. DeBakey, son of famed heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey. Barry DeBakey died in 2007, leaving the establishment to his son and Barnes.

Country singer Gary P. Nunn says it's one of his favorite places to play. He says, "It's a funky neighborhood beer-joint dance hall."

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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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