The Thirsty Thursday downtown residents social group received a warm welcome at the 1909 Bar and Bistro inside the Hotel Indigo at Alamo Plaza. Cruz Rodriguez, Food and Beverage Director for the hotel, provided drink specials and samples of food from the restaurant. He also gave us a tour of the hotel, including rooms, the banquet room, fitness center and lobby. We looked unsuccessfully for the ghosts which are known to haunt the building.
The hotel decor mixes bright colors, modern furniture and historic building details. The restaurant is named for the year the building was constructed. Colonel C.C. Gibbs, a land agent for the Southern Pacific Railroad, constructed the office building. However, the first occupant of the site was the Maverick family. They built a two-story house on the site in 1850.
The site also marks the northwest wall of the old Alamo compound. Five Spanish cannons, believed to have been used during the Battle of the Alamo, were found buried here when excavation began on Gibbs’ eight-story building. The cannons are now on display at the Alamo.