Ella corridor soon to be ‘restaurant row’?

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While no one is calling Ella Boulevard north of 610 ‘restaurant row’ just yet, they can’t call it a fast food wasteland for much longer either. No offense Raising Cane’s. With the news of Gatlin’s BBQ’s move from 1221 West 19th Street to a 4,200 space in the new center at 3510 Ella Blvd. – and anticipated opening of the Berry Hill at Ella and 43rd Street by mid-January – the area has been abuzz with anticipation.

Crooks eyeing delivered boxes

R.L. Perdraza looks through burglarized packages left at doorsteps along Rosslyn on Wednesday. A witness said crooks are following delivery trucks and stealing contents of packages during the day. (Photo by Jonathan McElvy)

Sure, going online, ordering a Christmas gift and having it delivered to your home may sound like the easiest way to complete your holiday shopping. Well, unless a criminal follows a delivery truck and rips open your box before you get home. Wednesday morning, an alert neighbor on Rosslyn noticed three opened boxes of gifts […]

Oak Forest business ‘raising the bar’ for local youngsters


When Oak Forest resident Lisa Fegen was trying to find quality summer activities on a teacher’s budget for her then middle-school age son, she came up short. Then, the light bulb went off. “I said ‘I’ll put on my cape. I will change this’,” Fegen said. A long time science teacher at Lanier Middle School, […]

60 events that shaped our neighborhood

The Barbeque Inn is one of Houston’s oldest family owned restaurants, founded in 1946, by  Louis and Nell Skrehot. (Contributed photo)

The Leader newspaper’s readers share a fascinating history. In celebration of the 60th birthday of our newspaper, we at the The Leader offer this retrospective to help keep our remarkable community’s story alive – so that long-timers can remember with pride and newcomers will know. Like The Leader’s readers themselves, our area is colorful, remarkable, […]

Need for Speed – Residents voice uncertainty over proposed high speed rail


While the prospect of traveling from Houston to Dallas in under 90 minutes is an exciting for many travelers, residents who may have homes in The Leader area along the proposed Texas Central Railway are voicing plenty of apprehension about the project and its potential affect on their community. TCR President Robert Eckels and David […]