The founder of Christie's, Mr. Theodore Christie, was a Greek man born in Constantinople, Turkey, in 1885. He arrived in America in 1905 and quickly went to work creating his American Dream. He worked as a court interpreter in New York City before becoming interested in restaurant management.
By 1917 he moved full time to Galveston Texas. The city was booming, and opportunities were everywhere due largely to the money that legal gambling was bringing to the city. He opened a sandwich shop that sold simple fried fish sandwiches on a po'boy. It was an instant hit, and Christie had his first taste of restaurant success. Soon he set his sights on Houston and opened a much larger restaurant with three dining rooms. His empire was growing, and he was quickly one of the most successful restauranteurs in Houston's history.
Mr. Christie had restaurants on Bellaire Blvd., S. Post Oak, Main St. near the Astrodome, and one on Main St. near the edge of downtown. Now Christie's Seafood and Steaks is the only remaining location. Christie's is proud of its tradition in the Houston food scene and still uses many of the original recipes. Mr. James Christie passed in November 2013, but the Christie legacy lives on. His children are committed to guiding Christie’s into the future while honoring the heritage of the restaurant. From Gulf of Mexico seafood to steaks to its huge original “1917 Famous Fish Sandwich,” Christie's has been a classic Texas dining spot for more than 100 years.
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