Entrepreneur Charles Bush was born on November 2, 1942 in Clearview, Oklahoma to Charlie Bush and Octavia Johnson McDonald. Bush graduated from De La Salle Military Academy in Kansas City, Missouri in 1971; and went on to attend Texas Southern University.
Bush purchased the Star Dust Motel in 1971, which included on its property the 20 Grand Club. He went on to own or invest in numerous clubs throughout the Houston, Texas area such as The 50 Yardline, The Speak Easy, Champagne Room, Pizzazz, Real Faces, Jam City, Rag Tops, and La Club Rivera. In 1981, Bush began to diversify his investments by acquiring Charlie’s Oyster Bar, Grand Records in 1982, and Grand Motor Cars in 1983. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bush expanded his business to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, opening Tailwinds Bar & Snack Foods, Time Out Bar, Primo Coffees and Liqueurs, and Rider’s World Bar Grub & Gear. He also opened two Fly Bar establishments at Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport. In 2008, his firm, Charles Bush Consulting, LLC, engaged in a joint venture with SSP America, and later that year, he invested in a joint venture at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center. For more than forty years, Bush invested in over fifty bars and restaurants.
Bush received numerous awards and recognitions for his business ventures. He was presented three City Medallions by former mayors of Houston, a certificate of appreciation for meritorious service to the community by the City of Houston, a certificate of merit by the Legislative Black Caucus of the State of Texas, and the Mickey Leland 18th Congressional District Service Award. He was also the recipient of a Sports Merit Award from Texas International Sports, a Community Involvement Award from All American Rodeo Association, a Hall of Fame Award by the Club Owners Association, and was named Club Owner of the Year for ten consecutive years by the Night Club Owners Association.
Bush has two sons, Charles Andre and Charles J., and two daughters, Ryan and Taylor.
Charles Bush was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 29, 2016.