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The Armadillo Palace

There’s a new member of the Goode Company family in town, a beer-and-chili place called the Armadillo Palace, located where the now-defunct Barbecue Hall of Flame was.

Restaurateur [Jim] Goode has mostly had the golden touch since opening his first restaurant in 1977. Each of his five eateries do huge business, but his 10-year-old Texas-themed gift shop, Barbeque Hall of Flame, flamed out.

Either March 3 or March 10 — depending on when it’s ready — he’ll unveil the Armadillo Palace at the former home of the Hall of Flame on Kirby near U.S. 59.

The Palace is a saloon featuring live Texas music and a Texas lunch menu of chicken-fried steak, hot roast beef sandwiches, venison chili and more.

I’ll be happy to check it out, that’s for sure. If there’s one cause for concern, it’s parking, especially if the new place will be using the same already-crowded lots that Goode Company Barbecue does. I’m sure they’ve thought of that, though. I’ll know when I visit.

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  1. Eric Olson says:

    The John Evans Band (JEB) will be playing at The Armadillo Palace tonight 03/12/05 at 9 pm. JEB is completely hot-live alternative country/honky tonk/rock-a-philly-silly band that may just blow the roof off The Armadillo. I can’t wait to be there when it happens! Looking forward to sampling the Palace’s food before the show.
    Get a sample of JEB at

  2. Tim Murphy says:

    Some body finally got it right and figured out that we need more live Texas music and a dance floor ! Too many places have music and then no dance floor and it’s a sin, especially in Texas.
    Keep bringing in great muscians like The John Evans Band and hopefully The Tony Vega Band, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, and Jessie Dayton.

  3. Eric Olson says:

    Mr. Murphy: I couldn’t agree more. The men’s restroom has speakers that pump in the stage feed – so you don’t miss a note!

    It looks like the Armadillo Palace is serious about tapping into the huge pool of local Texas talent. Mitch Jacobs’ Texas roadhouse band, The Romeo Dogs, will be playing the AP April 2. Polish your dancin’ boots.

  4. g b says:

    Tony Vega, John Evans, etc. have already been playing regular gigs at Cosmos Cafe for years now, an establishment that is well-established as a music venue inside the loop. Check it out at 69 Heights Blvd at Washington. (Last Saturday night at Cosmos, John Evans band packed the house!)