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OP FAREWELL - JANUARY 2010
The Latest News About the Closing of the OP

Update - 10:30pm October 16, 2010
 

Update - 10:30pm October 16, 2010

From the OP Webmaster:

The "Building Formally Known As The OutPost" (BFKATO) was destroyed by fire during the evening of October 15, 2010.  We do not intend to post any pictures of the fire or the building debris on this website.  Below are links to media articles on the fire.

 KTRK Video exclaim.gif (1443 bytes)(added 1:30pm 10-17-2010)

 KPRC Article

 Houston Chronicle Article

 Bay Area Citizen Article Oct 17 exclaim.gif (1443 bytes)(added 1:30pm 10-17-2010)

 Bay Area Citizen Article Oct 19 exclaim.gif (1443 bytes)(added 11:30pm 10-20-2010)

 Galveston Daily News Article Oct 17 exclaim.gif (1443 bytes)(added 10:15pm 10-21-2010)

 NASA Watch

 Outpost Tavern fire, Webster TX, 10/15/10, Flickr pictures posting by M. Grabois

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Update - 5:45pm February 3, 2010
OP Is Now Closed...

To My Outpost Family -

I have been receiving emails from people noticing that the OutPost is being physically moved and wondering if I was a part of that.   First of all, it is no longer “The OutPost” it is now just a building.  As most of you know, the owner of “the building,” is moving the “building” to the corner of the lot which he still owns a strip of.  His plan is supposedly to remodel and open a family oriented restaurant.  I am in NO WAY a part of that.  On the other hand, the people who bought the “land” and are opening a gas station on the corner have been so helpful and cooperative, and I wish them great success. So...there you have it....I hope this clears this up for everyone.

-         Stephanie Foster

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Update - 9:45pm Jan 25, 2010

Several updates from the OP Webmaster

1) This website has been reformatted (new menu navigation bar) and now has a new web address:
outpost-tavern.org  (folks going to the old web address will be automatically directed to the new one).

2) There are several new media articles about the closing of the OP and they have been added to the OP in the Media page.  Articles and videos with a (#) are highly recommended.

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Update - 8pm Jan 15, 2010

The OutPost Is Closed

Unfortunately, the owners of the land parcel upon which the OutPost Tavern sits have accelerated the “closing date” by changing the door locks on January 14, 2010.  This was completely unexpected and I am sorry for our friends who had planned parties throughout the month.  We will release another statement soon to all of our OP Friends….”

- Stephanie Foster

 From Friends of The OP Webmaster:  The Houston Chronicle Blog has more details

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Update - 11pm Jan 12, 2010

Mon – Wed:
11am - 2am
4pm – Midnight
Thurs and Friday:
11am - 2am
4pm – 2am
Saturday:
Noon – 2am
 
Sunday:
2pm - Midnight

Noon – 2am
2pm – 11pm

As always, if you are bringing a large group to the OP for lunch, we would greatly appreciate it if you gave us a heads up at least 1 day in advance:  info@optavern.com

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Update - 5:25pm Dec 28, 2009

We are experiencing a huge demand for lunch (yea!), therefore the OP is now open for lunch everyday:

[ Jan 12 update to this update:  Sunday hours adjusted ]

Mon – Wed:
11am - 2am
4pm – Midnight
Thurs and Friday:
11am - 2am
4pm – 2am
Saturday:
Noon – 2am
 
Sunday:
2pm - Midnight

Noon – 2am
2pm – 11pm

As always, if you are bringing a large group to the OP for lunch, we would greatly appreciate it if you gave us a heads up at least 1 day in advance:  info@optavern.com

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Two bands will be playing the OP on Jan 16 and Jan 29:

Jan 16, 2010
Saturday
Live Music:
"Free Beer" - the Band
[ and no, the beer is not free this evening, "Free Beer" is actually the name of the band ]


Jan 29, 2010
Friday
Live Music:
"SPIT" - the Band

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Update - 8:36pm Dec 22, 2009

OP in the Media weblinks added:

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Update - 11:52am Dec 16, 2009

Hello everyone!

Update from Stephanie, proprietor of the OutPost Tavern:

1) When is the big farewell party?
Answer:  Saturday, Jan 9, 2010
30th Anniversary Party “Chili Cook Off” Competition / OP Farewell Party

NOTE:  Farewell party will be a single event on Jan 9 (not multiple events from the 8th through the 10th as previously reported)

2) When is the last day the OP will be open?
Will be announced soon – last day will be some time after the Jan 9 Farewell Party (but not like, the very next day, however)

3) What’s happening at the OP in the meantime?
Plenty!  Check out our event list:

Dec 31, 2009 – New Year’s Eve Party
Showtime karaoke, food, champagne and party supplies.  Tickets are only $10 and there are 2 hotels right next door!!! (Say OutPost to get $55 rate)!  It’s going to be a blast !  Stop by the OP for details.

Jan 7, 2010
Thursday
OP is hosting a big group for the UT/BAMA championship game so we are getting the BIG screen like we do for superbowl! Game starts @ 7pm but get there early for seat

Jan 9, 2010
Saturday
30th Anniversary Party “Chili Cook Off” Competition / OP Farewell Party
Stop by the OP to sign up your chili team!

Wednesdays in January – we will be bringing back “Crawfish Wednesdays”

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Update - 6:38am Dec 4, 2009

Just heard from Stephanie on the farewell party dates (yes, plural):

Jan 8, 9 and 10, 2010

[ Dec 12 update to this update: 
Farewell party will be a single event on Jan 9 (not multiple events from the 8th through the 10th as previously reported) ]

More details will be announced within the next week (at least those of you who are traveling from afar can start making travel arrangements)

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Update - 12:30am Dec 4, 2009

New OP Hours for December

            [ Jan 12 update to this update:  Sunday hours adjusted ]

[ Dec 28 update to this update:  Due to a huge demand for lunch (yea!), the OP is now open for lunch everyday ]

Mon – Wed:
11am - 2am
4pm – Midnight
Thurs and Friday:
11am - 2am
4pm – 2am
Saturday:
Noon – 2am
 
Sunday:
2pm - Midnight

Noon – 2am
2pm – 11pm

Email for booking parties:  info@optavern.com

We will open for lunch parties too!

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Update - 8:03am Dec 3, 2009

“Please come on by the OP and post notes/comments on the walls (we’ll have paper and tape and pens) and feel free to tape photos on the walls – we’ll collect them for future reunions!”

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Update - 11:42pm Dec 2, 2009

Q:  When is the farewell party?
A:  Will be announced shortly - we'll give everyone plenty of notice (we've heard from our fans from out of state and out of country that they want to come by before we close)

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OP Is Closing In January 2010
(posted 8:25am Dec 1, 2009)

The Outpost is Closing. . .

. . . And this time, it is for good. 

Together, Gene Ross, my mother, Sharon, and myself, have kept the Outpost Tavern going for the last thirty years, it has stayed open.  My Mom and Gene being the bulk of it, I was meant to be the “Closer” of this deal! J  Good or bad, whatever anyone thinks of how we did it, we kept it open for you!

However, like many good things in life, sometimes “we” are not in charge.  In this case, the property that the OP sits on has been going through many changes ownership-wise, since Pete Wright died, and there has always been a certain air of uncertainty about what may happen in the future.  Well, the future is here.  I have been informed that the property has been sold to another party.

Rather than wait, wondering when or if someone would come in and say “get out by Friday,”  I would like to give everyone notice that in January, we close.  Finished.  The End.

This way, we can enjoy the place a while longer, and make plans on how to save what we can.  I would rather have the Outpost close my way, instead of having someone shut us down one day without so much as a “fare-well.”

All-in-all, you must admit that it has been an interesting and fun run for this little bar.  I hope that in the next several weeks, as we wind down the Outpost Tavern, we can see old faces once again.  I was about eleven-years old when the OP first opened as “The Outpost,” and now I have two kids and just celebrated my something-ith-birthday.  Some who have been coming in have been there for longer, since it was Fort Terry’s.  You know who you are!

This is not a time to get mad, but instead to remember all the fun that everyone has had here.  Most everyone who has been around here for any length of time has known for years that eventually, this day would come.  I hate it.  You hate it.  But, here we are.

In 2010, it will be thirty years (yes!) since Gene bought the place from Terry.  So, to end the Outpost Tavern, we will have one hell of a blow-out thirtieth Anniversary party.  Hope everyone can attend!

Love to everyone,

Stephanie


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