Dining Out–1965

We’ve been cataloguing quite a few archival documents lately. This afternoon I came across several editions of the one-time local newspaper Kirkwood-Webster Advertiser. The center of the June 24, 1965 edition presents a Dining Out Guide, complete with advertisements about the most popular eateries in the area, and an article about the ‘Ever Popular’ Yacovelli’s.

I am old enough to remember most of the places, even though only a few of them, such as Sunset 44 and Schneithorst’s are still in business. Yes, Sunset 44 has moved from its old Sunset Hills location to a place in Kirkwood. And no, I don’t think you can still get a prime rib dinner for $3.95 ($1.50 for kids under 12!).

No other restaurant lists its prices, though most of them tempt you with their specials. Lots of steaks—these were the days when steaks were synonymous with fine dining. Even Luigi’s Italian restaurant asks ‘. . . you’ve been to Luigi’s for a pizza . . . but have you tried Luigi’s delicious steaks?’

One of my old favorites is the Green Parrot Inn, which was on Big Bend. They featured family style fried chicken dinners. Their ad says they had steaks and seafood too, but I think we only went there on Sunday afternoons for the fried chicken. I also remember Kwan Yin Village, which used to be one of the only Chinese restaurants in the area. They featured Cantonese Cuisine, their ad says, and ‘Oriental Cocktails,’ whatever they are. I don’t recall how long it’s been since we stopped using the term ‘oriental’ to describe everything we think is Chinese.

Places I never heard of include King Brothers Olde Still Room—‘Caesar Salads by Andy Stoehr and music by Jimmie & the Charmettes!’—Gio Fine Foods, which was on Manchester in Rock Hill, and the King Louis IX room, which had special banquet rooms called ‘The Red Room,’ ‘The Executive,’ and ‘The Gay Caboose.’ I’ll just let the last one go without comment.

The last one to close down, as I recall, was the House of Maret, which was at 3811 S. Lindbergh. The ad claims they ‘Proudly Uphold the St. Louis Tradition of Bier Garten.’ It finally closed last year, along with Growler’s Pub, to make room for the new Mellow Mushroom pizzeria.

These old newspapers are always full of fun things which evoke so much nostalgia for anyone who has a few years on them. They will be filed in our historical archives here at the library.

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Stolen Signs

In her 1975 book Webster Groves, Clarissa Start tells the story of one-time Webster Groves Police Chief Andy McDonnell, and his crusade to get local boys to stop stealing signs. Seems it had become something of a hobby for the lads, so he visited the schools and lectured them, telling them that stealing a man’s sign was the same as taking money out of his pocket. He asked the boys to return all the signs they had stolen, and sure enough, come Saturday morning, there were hundreds of signs stacked up in front of Police Headquarters. It’s a great story. The only problem was that Start’s book did not include a photo.

In our research for the upcoming Images of America: Webster Groves, we asked the Police Department if they had any interesting photos. They sure did, and here’s one of them. Thanks so much to Erin Klippi, Administrative Assistant at Webster Groves Police Department for her help. Image