Galveston's famed Balinese Room poised to return

February 27, 2014 8:19:25 AM PST
Three Southeast Texas developers plan to rebuild the legendary Balinese Room on a pier extending from the Galveston seawall - as it was before Hurricane Ike smashed it in 2008.

The plan is to come before the Galveston Zoning Board of Adjustment March 5. One of the project managers, Doug Thomas, tells the Houston Chronicle the partners "want people to come to Galveston, have dinner, see a show and then stay at a local hotel."

Thomas said plans are to be open by 2016 if all goes according to plan.

The nightclub was a gambling hall during the 1940s and '50s before state officials shut it down. During its heyday, its customers were entertained by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Phil Harris and George Burns. The legendary building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Its old pilings extended some 600 feet into the Gulf of Mexico.

In 2002, the Balinese Room was resurrected for a period of time.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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