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 July 13, 2008
Roadhouse (Road House)

Entry in progress—B.P.


Wikipedia: Roadhouse (facility)
In Australia
A roadhouse is a service station in a rural area specifically aimed to service passing traffic on a major intercity route. A roadhouse sells fuel and provides maintenance and repairs for cars, but also has an attached “restaurant” (more like a café) serving hot food to travellers. Roadhouses usually serve as truck stops - with space to park semi-trailer trucks and buses - as well as cars. In remote areas such as the Nullarbor Plain, a roadhouse also offers motel-style accommodation and camping facilities.

In USA and Canada
A local inn or restaurant, the “roadhouse” or “road house” commonly refers to an establishment that serves meals, especially in the evenings, and has a bar serving beer or hard liquor, and which features music and dancing for entertainment. Most roadhouses are located along highways or roads in rural areas or on the outskirts of towns. Early roadhouses provided lodging for travellers, but, with the advent of motels in the early 20th century, few now have rooms available. Roadhouses have a slightly disreputable image similar to honkytonks.

Roadhouses were portrayed in movies including The Wild One and Easy Rider.

In Alaska and the Yukon
From the 1890s, roadhouses were checkpoints where dog drivers (mushers, or dog sledders); horse-driven sleds; and people on snowshoes, skis, or walking; would stop overnight for shelter and a hot meal. Remains of a roadhouse can be seen today south of Carmacks, Yukon along the Klondike Highway.

WIkipedia: Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is a publicly traded chain restaurant on the NASDAQ that specializes in steaks and promotes a western theme. Texas Roadhouse Corporation is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. The first restaurant was opened in Clarksville, Indiana in 1993 at the Green Tree Mall across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. The chain operates about 280 locations in 44 states. It is known for its free buckets of peanuts, much like Logan’s Roadhouse

(Oxford English Dictionary)
road-house, a wayside inn or hotel; also, any roadside establishment providing refreshment or entertainment.
1857 BORROW Romany Rye xxiii, The situation of ostler at my inn, the first *road-house in England.
1897 Outing XXX. 492/2 Valuable information as to routes,..distances and road-houses.
1936 O. LANCASTER Progress at Pelvis Bay 63 Many..who..motor down..by way of the new Flush~brook By-pass, must be familiar with the..‘Hearts Are Trumps’ roadhouse.
1944 ‘N. SHUTE’ Pastoral i. 8 In peace-time it had been something of a road-house, with a snack-bar.
1957 J. BRAINE Room at Top x. 92 Four months in Warley had given me a fixed taste for either the roadhouse or the authentic country pub.
1972 D. ANTHONY Blood on Harvest Moon ii. 18 Across the highway was a roadhouse where, according to the sign, you could dine, dance, and drink.

2 June 1922, San Antonio (TX) Express, pg. 15, col. 1 classified ad:
FOR SALE—Drive-in roadhouse, doing good business; special barbecue pit; special sandwiches, barbecue and cold drinks. 1192 River Ave, Owner is sick.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Sunday, July 13, 2008 • Permalink