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Farewell Marfreless? Make-out spot can't make ends meet

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

After 40 years, a Houston institution is closing its famous - and unmarked - blue door.

Marfreless could be considered a "make-out bar." It's tucked behind the River Oaks Shopping Center.

The place has never had a sign out front. But Houston couples always seemed to find it, anyway.

The dimly-lit space features bare bulbs, rows of bottles, and lots and lots of couches. As for what happens on the couches, it probably begins - but may not end - with kissing.

"I have seen more than that," said long-time patron Cheryl Rebsch. "Pants being buckled up and people all flushed and I don't know what happened in the back rooms. Not that I've ever been in a back room."

Owner Michael Wells says he just can't keep the business open because the rent is too high.

Barring an eleventh-hour agreement, he'll be shutting down this Sunday. But until then, Wells says, everyone seems to want to own a sliver of Marfreless.

"People are buying up everything. They're making offers on pictures, barstools, the decor, just about everything. People want a piece of everything, in fact I've had to ration the matches because we were going through about a box of matches every ten minutes. Because people were just wanting a piece of history."

One patron told Wells she was informed by her parents that she had been conceived at the bar.

He is scouting for another location to reopen but hasn't found one yet.

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