A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 30, 2006
Ostionera (Ostioneria)

An “ostionera” or “ostioneria” ia a Mexican oyster bar. The term became popular in the Houston area in the 1990s.


H Texas
Ostioneria 7 Mares 4602 Irvington (713) 692-7776.
Have a craving for seafood? This is the perfect spot to satisfy it. An original Mexican oyster bar (transplanted), Ostioneria may be hard to say, but it’s worth it to your stomach. Try the ceviche, or the oysters, or the red fish, or the seafood platter, or ... It’s all fresh and fantastic.
L, D, $$,

Google Groups: houston.eats
From:  Gary Lanier
Date:  Thurs, Apr 28 2005 10:36 am

For the ostioneria near you, look them up in the white pages (16 names/locations listed) under “ostioneria” (the type of place comes first, the name afterwards in proper Spanish). Or, the yellow pages
under restaurants, Mexican/seafood.

For Ostioneria Siete Mares (7 Mares):
10010 Fulton (77076)—713-699-2720
4602 Irvington (77009)—713-692-7776
911 Spencer Hwy (77587)—713-947-6387
826 Zoe (77020)—713-673-3332
1724 Wirt (77055)—713-956-1220

I’ve eaten at both the Spencer Hwy (an Hispanic friend of mine introduced me to ostionerias there) and Zoe (just off the I-10 eastbound feeder road between Kress and Lathrop) locations.

The Tex-Mex Cookbook
by Robb Walsh
New York: Broadway Books
2004
Pg. 237:
At many Houston ostioneras (Mexican oyster bars), they add a tablespoon or more of hot sauce to your beer glass when you ask for a michelada.

(Trademark)
Word Mark OSTIONERIA 7 MARES
Translations The foreign wording in the mark translates into English as 7 Seas Seafood Restaurant.
Goods and Services (ABANDONED) IC 043. US 100 101. G & S: Dine-in restaurant. FIRST USE: 19830101. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19830101
Standard Characters Claimed
Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Design Search Code
Serial Number 78490641
Filing Date September 28, 2004
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Owner (APPLICANT) Jose Esparza INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 10010 Fulton St. Houston TEXAS 77076
Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator DEAD
Abandonment Date November 13, 2005

(Trademark)
Word Mark OSTIONERIA ARANDAS SEAFOOD
Translations THE ENGLISH TRANSLATION OF “OSTIONERIA” IS “OYSTER BAR”.
Goods and Services IC 025. US 022 039. G & S: clothing, namely shirts and baseball caps. FIRST USE: 19990531. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990531
IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: restaurant franchise services. FIRST USE: 19990531. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990531
IC 042. US 100 101. G & S: seafood food restaurant and bar services, catering services and food take out services. FIRST USE: 19990531. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19990531
Mark Drawing Code (3) DESIGN PLUS WORDS, LETTERS, AND/OR NUMBERS
Design Search Code 18.07.03 - Junks, Chinese (boats); Viking boats, ancient sailing vessels, Chinese junks, boats with single square sail
Serial Number 76156626
Filing Date October 24, 2000
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition April 2, 2002
Registration Number 2584749
Registration Date June 25, 2002
Owner (REGISTRANT) Arandas Franchises, Inc. CORPORATION TEXAS 711 Woodard Houston TEXAS 77009
Attorney of Record David M O’Brian
Disclaimer NO CLAIM IS MADE TO THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO USE “OSTIONERIA” AND “SEAFOOD” APART FROM THE MARK AS SHOWN
Type of Mark TRADEMARK. SERVICE MARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

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