Aw, thank you for remembering Dutch Hut, which was created by my father, Bernard Hollander. By the time he closed shop, I think he had 14 restaurants. He saw McDonald’s coming down the pike and had the foresight to know they were going to be huge–and would have a huge advertising budget to boot–so he decided to sell them. I was just reminiscing about those days today and Googled Dutch Hut and found your post. Thanks again!
Cookies, on East broad Street in Bexley, used to be a Toddle House. But I have a question: You worked at State & Fourth? For Sam and George Harachis? And that question leads to another: Why would you leave State & Fourth for lunch when you could have had a great Yummy Boy right at the bar? [:D]
When I worked for The Associated Press in the Dispatch Building I used to go around the corner to State & Fourth to ge a Carlsberg and scrambled eggs for a midnight lunch.
There seem to be so many different ones to respond to here. I work in Wilkes-Barre PA, and there’s an Orange Julius in the Wyoming Valley mall there. I live in Binghamton, NY, and we had at one time 3 Carrol’s that are now all Burger Kings, and I definately agree that the Club Burger beats the Whopper, Big Mac or Wendy’s. I remember that Cosmos mentioned the A&W in Cortland NY, and it’s still a real, true drive-in & a great place to eat if you every get up that way. I never was at a Wetson’s, but back in the 70’s when WABC was the rock-n-roll station of record on the east coast, I remember Wetson’s running lots of commercials on the station.
Hello, I just wanted to update this forum about Lums. We just had lunch there today, 8-31-08, here in Davie, Florida.
Happily, they are still there. I had the Weinerschnitzel with chicken. They don’t make it with veal or pork anymore.
We found out the original owner died in May (or March) 2008. Now the restaurant is for sale. The woman running the place said that they don’t even do dinners anymore. They close at 4pm.
We found this out because we wanted to purchase a whole pie. She explained that they don’t have a lot of pies made every day because of the changes.
Well, it seems like the end of an era. The food was all authentic, Lums style and quality. My husband had the all-beef hotdog, steamed in beer, along with the root beer on tap.
I worked at Lums in Rochester, New York in the early 1980’s. I wore the brown uniform with the bib and a funky red, brown and yellow checked shirt, all polyester. It will be sad to see this last Lums in Florida go. The manager said there is another restaurant in Plattsburgh, NY.
I’ll give a shout-out to Noble Roman’s Pizza, not the stuff you find in gas stations and truck stops these days, but the sit-down chain that dominated Central Indiana for many years. For my wife and I, when we were starving graduate students, the culinary highlight of our week was using our coupon for the "Dinner for Two" — two small salads, a medium pepperoni and an order of breadsticks with cheese.
Mmmmm, Noble Roman’s (or Mother Bear’s) breadsticks with cheese. There are few things I miss about Indiana, but that artery-clogging appetizer is high on the list.
I trust that Mother Bear’s is still around….
I remember some Toddle Houses back in upstate NY back in the late 60’s and early 70’s…haven’t seen one in years. Waffle House is pretty neat, if you can tolerate the country music they usually play incessently loud and can find one that actually has a no smoking section. I refuse to eat anyplace that allows smoke to drift toward me — nothing can destroy an appetite like the stink of smoke.
Yes, I do indeed remember Roy Roger’s! My name is Walt Uotinen, and I grew up in West Orange, NJ. My Mom and Dad used to drive to the nearest Roy Roger’s (which I think was on State Route 10 in Livingston, or maybe East Hanover, NJ).
They had the BEST roast beef. I loved their Double R Burgers, too. I still make Double R’s on my backyard grill (hamburger topped with a slice of american cheese and a slice of smoked Virginia ham and dressed with BBQ sauce).
There are still a few Roy Roger’s, mostly in highway rest stops and midtown Manhattan, but it’s not the same. The roast beef is overcooked and dry… In "the good old days", Roy’s roast beef was rare and tender and served on a buttered bun!
Speciality Restaurants has been operating theme restaurants for a long time, including the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurants. Here is their current list of restaurants:
There are also other operators of these theme restuarants, but their names escape me at the moment.
Well, alive at any rate.
There was a Toddle House on North Fourth Street in Columbus back in the late 40s. I worked at State and Fourth and would meet my husband there for lunch. They had the best home fries which we thoroughly enjoyed along with our burgers. I thought they were bought by someone like Burger Chef or Burger King…..can’t remember for certain.
We loved to watch the short order cooks there. Much as we like to watch them nowadays at Waffle House.
My name is Walt Uotinen, and I’m trying to find out if Lum’s had a location somewhere within a 10-mile radius of Belleville, NJ around the late 1970’s.
From 1974 until 1981, I worked as a mechanic at Bigelow Motors on Washington Ave in Bellevile, NJ.
I recall from time to time a few of us driving to some not-to-distant place where we enjoyed hot dogs steamed in beer. I can’t remember much more than that, but from the recent searching I’ve done, I’m assuming it must have been one of the Lum’s places.
I’d appreciate hearing from anyone with any more info on where this might have been. The geographic area that my 10-mile radius includes are the following cities in New Jersey: Belleville, Bloomfield, Montclair, Nutley, Clifton, Newark, Lyndhurst, North Arlington, Kearny, East Rutherford and Harrison.
I hope to hear some news! The best, Walt
From the 94th Aero Squadron’s web site:
"The 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant has three locations for which to serve you better.
Please choose a location below.
Van Nuys, California | Miami, Florida | Wheeling, Illinois | College Park, Maryland"
No wonder they’re going out of business—They can’t count or put together a proper sentence![:(][:(][;)][}:)][8D]
The one in West Palm Beach was called the 391st Bomb Group. It seems there may have been several variations of this theme in different cities.
In New England, we had the Adventure Car Hop when I was a kid. First place I ever went where they put that tray thingy on your side window. The trick was to have the window open enough so you could pull the drinks in but not too much so the tray crashed to the pavement and lunch was destroyed. Another useless skill from days gone by! Fred
There is one Ollies Trolley left in Louisville , it is on 5th and Kentucky st . It is open weekdays from 10:30 am til 4:30 pm No weekends . Most of the Roy Rogers in the NY area were acquired by HARDEE`s FOOD Systems . Also Scotty`s Hamburgers is gone since early 1980s .This I believe happened when Ponderosa was sold .
In the world of Wonder Bread, I remember how exotic it was to have a sandwich on a bagel at the Bagel Nosh on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Also remember going one suburban Phila. restaurant that later became a chain – Winston’s in Bryn Mawr for very good hamburgers with cutesy names that depended on their toppings.
(I think I finally got the quote posting thing conquered.)
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