Friday, February 9, 2007

Gridiron Restaurant, 1960s


This restaurant was located where Carmello's Ristorante Italiano now sits, on Emmet St. across from the JPJ Arena. Back in 1968, the Gridiron advertised an all-you-can-eat lunch buffet for $1.25. Those were the days...

Anyone care to share any memories you may have of this place?

4 comments:

TL Patten said...

I don't remember the Gridiron, but I remember what I think was its immediate successor, La Hacienda--which was the best, and most authentic, Mexican food in town. Dad and I would sit down to a bowl of sliced jalapenos and see whose eyes would water first.

Lonnie said...

Mmm... La Hacienda. I miss that place. Who'd have thought that Irish people would make such good mexican food?

Anonymous said...

gwevgqMy family often ate at this restaurant on Friday nights when they had a fish special. My parents would order the special and share a bottle of Schlitz (this was before liquor by the drink was legal), and I would have a coke and fried oysters. The owner, I believe, was a Mr. Fitzgerald who would always come by our table to talk to my father about business, events about town, and horse racing. There were not many places to eat out in those days which predated most fast food and food franchises. Following the meal, we might go over to Barracks Rd Shopping Center for me to run in High's (now Ben and Jerry's) for an ice cream cone or we might walk around in People's Drug (now CVS).

Randy said...

The owner, Mr. Fitzgerald, was my dad, Charles Fitzgerald. The lunch buffet was $1.25 if you ate everything on your plate. It was $5.95 if you didn't, and Dad would enforce that. When U-Hall was being built, Dad would sit at the cash register and watch construction through binoculars.--Randy Fitzgerald