Recent Insiders threads (Where Should Marriott Open Hotels? - reminding me of the excellent Hollywood Renaissance and arkwright's insightful post, Images of Travel, - recalling for me the evocative descriptions over the years of Le Bec Fin in Philadelphia) combined with the recent closing of the highly regarded Cityzen in the Mandarin Oriental in Washington DC, got me thinking of other places where I dined, that were at times, hard to get into and almost always an 'event'. Here's a list of a few that I can recall that have gone by the wayside (reminding me, at my stage in life, no need to bust a gut trying to get to Rose's Luxury, Minibar et al., instead, just try to outlive them )
Hasenour's in SE Louisville, KY
Vince Perone's, Greenville, SC
Rick's "Mamy Shanty", Marietta, (Atlanta) GA
Julian's , Buckhead (Atlanta)
The Abbey, Atlanta
Flamingo's, Columbia, SC
Perdido's, Charleston, SC
Top of the Sixies, NYC
Shakey's Pizza (several cities) - preceded most all of the present-day pizza restaurants!
Aah, the Top of the Sixes. Back in the day, I once got razzed for dining there as an employee of Marriott while staying at the Essex House. Since it was beyond my expense allowance (meaning I had to go out of pocket, as a kid), I told my boss that if the Essex House had a rooftop restaurant (rather than an average first floor one) I'd invest my hard earn dollars with the company team .
In keeping with the news of the week, the Top of the Sixes converted to a members only (they didn't call me) cigar bar
http://grandhavana.com/new-york/ (with no doubt still the great view, even if seen through the haze of cigar smoke).
Who knows, perhaps we won't have to smuggle our Cohibas through Toronto and London much longer .
You're getting up into Sledchick's neck of the woods now. Were those big time resort (ski, summer, or year round) restaurants? Looks like a nice area to visit.
yes you are right but someone has said they will buy an old barn somewhere in New Hampshire and take it apart and rebuild on the site. It had numerous pictures of celebrities including the cast from on golden pond. Kevin's was owned by former chef at legal seafood and had the best crab cakes but his lease ran out
Burt and Jack's (the Burt was partner Burt Reynolds). This gem of a chop house was located inside Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) and was forced to shut down after 9/11 because new security at the port required all people travelling to the area to be there on official business or as a passenger.
Oh man, those Houston restaurants bring back some memories. Now granted, I'm getting like the Gipper and can't tell movie roles from reality anymore, but I'm pretty sure both Cafe Annie and Felix had something to do with the birth of my first born. Possibly the Post Oak neighborhood of Cafe Annie 'set the mood' and then months later the Tex-Mex delights and spiciness of Felix brought the deal to closure and off to The Woman's Hospital (next to the Astrodome) we went.
Or maybe it was Atchafalaya and Ninfa's; either way thanks for the memories, I did at least eat at both of them .