A photography group that I enjoy hanging out with met for dinner prior to walking over to the Cole Theater in the Historic Downtown Rosenberg District to take pictures. The owner of Another Time Soda Fountain, Renee Butler, gave us a guided tour of the haunted theater after we had some great food at her restaurant. Dessert was provided by Old Main Street Bakery which is located next door to Another Time Soda Fountain.
Another Time Soda Fountain is a restaurant that is located in a building that is around 100 years old. The soda is mixed by soda jerks from an old fashioned soda fountain. If you would prefer to try to mix some flavors, they can do that too! I personally love their Lime Phosphates. The restaurant serves all-American comfort food such as Cheeseburgers, Sandwiches and Soups. Of course, what would a Soda fountain be without Ice Cream, right? Their Banana Splits are to die for, which is why I am glad that I live 30 miles away, otherwise, I’d be there everyday.
The Old Main Street Bakery recently opened and is run by Nicholas Maresh. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, Nicholas responded to his hometown’s demand for a local bakery and started the Old Main Street Bakery. Last night’s sampling was of their Kolaches, Coconut Cookies and Apple Strudel. I particularly was impressed with the Coconut Cookies and I am hoping that someone will keep them in mind when thinking about my birthday next week (/hint).
After everyone had enjoyed dinner and hanging out, we ran out into the rain to go the Cole Theater. Somehow, the nice pleasant evening had changed into a stormy night and the temperature dropped by about 20 degrees. What better than to take a tour of a haunted theater on a cold, dark and stormy night?
Renee told us about the usher that has been spotted by multiple people as he walks up and down the aisled policing the theater. Apparently, the upper balcony area gives people a rather dark feeling as well. The theater was built in 1919 and the signs of segregation in the South are still present at the theater. There is a separate entrance for minorities and separate seating. There is an old strong box cemented into the wall near the front of the building and I curiously turned the dial on the safe to check it out. The bearings on that dial spun just as if the safe was brand new, which was impressive.
The Theater still has most of the original seats and the sconces on the walls are a great example of the Art Deco styling of the time when the theater was built. The floor of the theater slopes from back to front and there is a pit under the stage for an orchestra. Renee plans to renovate the theater and make it a welcoming place for everyone in the community.