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New downtown establishment hoping to build a future by embracing the past

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One of Corpus Christi’s newest establishments, The Gold Fish, is reviewed in a feature story that appears in the 'travel' section of cnn.com.

It's about chic restaurants and other hospitality businesses that have been set up in old gas stations.

The Gold Fish building here in Corpus Christi was originally built as a gas station way back in the 1930's.

Owner Robert Cooper, a Corpus Christi native, said when he started look for a place to start a business downtown, he wasn't looking for a gas station, he was looking for character, and this one fit the bill. 

"You know, we’ve forsaken our downtowns for terrible strip malls, and I don't agree with that,” Cooper said. “We have these beautiful buildings down here. Let’s not tear them down, let's put the effort in and renovate them, even if it costs a little bit more.”

The Gold Fish is located at 724 North Mesquite Street, and it's open most weeknights from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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