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    Default Gone but not forgotten

    I was thinking about the days when the downtown was alive and vibrant,
    and of the businesses and entities that were there, but are now only memories.

    Can you add to this list?

    Mike's News Stand
    Palace of Sweets
    Uncle Ben's Sporting Goods
    Clegg and Case Sporting Goods
    Happy Hobbies
    Lucky Benny's Downhill Ski Shop
    The King Eddy
    American Dairy Lunch
    Ciro's Restaurant
    The Seven Seas
    The Beachcomber
    The Purple Lantern
    Hattie's Chicken Inn
    Henry Singer's
    The Selkirk Hotel
    Kresge's
    Walkrite
    Johnson Walker
    Woodward's
    Eaton's
    The Tegler Building
    Paramount Theater
    Rialto Theater
    Strand Theater
    Empress Theater
    Capitol Theater
    Hudson's Bay (Jasper Ave)
    Heinzman Music
    National Music
    Wilson's Stationary
    Trocadero Ballroom
    Viking Smorgasbord

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    Trocadero Ballroom
    I've read up on that place and it sounds like it was a pretty cool lounge.

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    I suppose you could add Sprague Furnature.

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    Theatres:

    Annex Theatre
    6420 118th Ave
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    Avalon Theatre
    43rd St & 118th Ave
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    [?-1986] Avenue Theatre
    7420 118th Ave
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    Outdoor Theatre
    Belmont Drive-In Theatre
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    Beverly Theatre
    4116 118th Ave
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    Brock Theatre
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    [1969-1988] Capilano Cinema
    50th St & 98th Ave
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    [1975-1998] Capitol Square 4
    10065 Jasper
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    [1929-1971] Capitol Theatre
    10067 Jasper
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    [?-1971] Dreamland Theatre
    9697 Jasper Ave

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    Empire Theatre
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    [?-1960] Empress Theatre
    10125 Jasper
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    [?-1970] Gem Theatre
    9682 Jasper
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    Outdoor Theatre
    Golden West Drive-In Theatre
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    Inglewood Theatre
    124th St & 118th Ave
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    Jasper Theatre
    10129 156th St
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    [1972-1977] Klondike Theatre
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    [1972-?] Londonderry Theatre
    137th Ave & 66th St
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    [1969-?] Meadowlark Theatre
    156th St & 87th Ave
    AKA: Meadowlark Cinerama
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    Outdoor Theatre
    Millwoods Drive-In Theatre

    The Pyrogy House on 118 Ave.

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    /\I think the idea was to focus on downtown businesses that were a part of the past when downtown was a much more vibrant place.

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    For some reason, the only pre-WEM establishment that comes to mind right now is "Lucifers" .

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    Met (Metropolitan) Store, used to be on the NE corner of 101 st/101A Ave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JayBee
    For some reason, the only pre-WEM establishment that comes to mind right now is "Lucifers" .
    Onward and upward

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    Churchill's in the Cambridge building...
    Onward and upward

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyT
    /\I think the idea was to focus on downtown businesses that were a part of the past when downtown was a much more vibrant place.
    Yup, it was (my bad) I guess I was just in the mood to expand... Actually I did not catch the part about downtown. Thanks for pointing that out!

    Have to read more carefully!

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    Also:

    Irving Kline Jewellers.

    There was another small jewellery store at the Rialto Theater, but the name escapes me.

    Mickey's in the old Bus Depot

    Mel Hurtig Bookseller

    The Embers

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    Mel Hurtig Bookseller beget Audreys Books.

    Claude’s Restaurant it was right around the corner from Audreys Books on 107 ST and was the place for (expense account) lunches for leg & big wigs from government.

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    I miss the bars that were downtown.
    Lucifers
    The Ambassador Hotel
    The Corona
    Hawkeyes
    The Montgomery Legion
    The Green Briar
    What ever they called the Coast Edmonton Plaza 20 years ago.
    There were a few more but for some strange reason my recollection of those times is a little hazy

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60
    I miss the bars that were downtown.
    Lucifers
    The Ambassador Hotel
    The Corona
    Hawkeyes
    The Montgomery Legion
    The Green Briar
    What ever they called the Coast Edmonton Plaza 20 years ago.
    There were a few more but for some strange reason my recollection of those times is a little hazy
    Hawkeyes? Where was this one located? The name rings a bell...

    Does anyone remember the place that was downstairs in Scotia Place in the mid-80's? I think it was called Monroes.

    Coast Edmonton Plaza was cool with the lights etc. was it not called something rainbow etc. (I was just talking about this place yesterday but the name escapes me!)

    Speaking of the Southside--what about Goose Looney's? It was right on Argyll and after partying at the meat market called Barry T's (now the Standard) it was a next stop for many a partier...only to finish the evening at the Roost (when the place opened up for 50/50) as the Roost stayed open till 3 am. The Roost was always an eye-opening experience and what used to tick me off was the cross dressers who looked better than I did in their slinky little numbers and their perfect makeup!

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    How could I have forgotten The Corona!! The tavern downstairs was always
    hopping with great bands. Remember The Natural Gas?

    And the lounge on the main floor always had good music as well - usually small groups like trios.

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    Hawkeyes was in the basement of Capital Square, it usually had singer/songwriter lounge acts. (remember them?)
    I don't remember "The Natural Gas" but The Corona was a wild place.
    My favorite downtown was The Ambassador Hotel, they had great blues bands in a really edgy basement bar.
    I also remember Monroes, and there was a dance club in the Standard Life Building in that era as well.
    From that era was also "Flashbacks" a pioneering gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) bar that was wild beyond belief. It not only was totally bizarre but it also had by far the best club music in town.

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    Looking at your original post reminded me of The Palace of Sweets.
    My mom worked there in the sixties and I got to visit the candy kitchen they had downstairs. It was an incredible store with about 100' of candy display counters. They made their own specialty candies and chocolates as well as selling imports and other commercial brands. I am getting fat just thinking about it.

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    Palace of Sweets had a motto posted - "If we don't smile, your order is free".

    The Natural Gas played at The Corona Tavern for a month or so, then they'd
    move to The Riviera Tavern, alternating between those two establishments
    every month or so. Great group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60
    Hawkeyes was in the basement of Capital Square, it usually had singer/songwriter lounge acts. (remember them?)

    I also remember Monroes, and there was a dance club in the Standard Life Building in that era as well.

    From that era was also "Flashbacks" a pioneering gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) bar that was wild beyond belief. It not only was totally bizarre but it also had by far the best club music in town.
    Now I remember Haykeyes.

    Ah, yes, Flashbacks I heard the stories but have to admit I was far too tame and vanilla to try them out. (It was not the gay bar part it was the wildness of their reputation!)

    This topic is depressing me, as I know realize what a deprived young adulthood I had (as opposed to the depraved one it seems a few members had!) I am jealous…

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    djgirl talks about depraved, my very favorite Edmonton bar of all time was The Rex Hotel on 101 ave. across from Capilano Mall. (sorry not downtown)
    It had it all, including a shooter bartender who would dress as a gorilla and serve shots while hanging upside-down from the ceiling in gravity boots. :P
    The waiters used to carry 4 trays of drinks at a time, 3 of draft and the top one was bottled beer and mixed drinks.
    We would order 20 draft at a time......
    I could tell a thousand stories from that bar and still have lots more that would have to stay untold.

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    Another venue I remember is the Sheraton Caravan Hotel, I saw Motley Crue in the bar there around 1980.
    The funny thing is that they were terrible and we left after a couple tunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60
    From that era was also "Flashbacks" a pioneering gay (not that there's anything wrong with that) bar that was wild beyond belief. It not only was totally bizarre but it also had by far the best club music in town.
    Flash used to have the best Halloween events! And [email protected] yes the music was fantastic.

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    CHED
    Titos
    Waldens
    Olivers
    Kelly's Records & Tapes
    Peter Wolf (#1 in Jeans)
    Roots

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    Damn, you people are old! :P

    My miss-list:
    Earls in Edmonton Centre
    Chase nightclub in the Scotia Place food court
    Senor Frogs across from the Tin Palace
    Manulife West, including food court
    Cocktail Club
    Boardwalk Market (before that school took over)
    Bones
    Steak Board
    Mother Tucker's
    Denny Andrews American Bar
    A-Channel (pre-strike)
    ITV
    CFRN
    K-97 (pre-1984)
    the Rathole
    Rusty's
    original Hub Cigar on Whyte Ave
    original Albert's on Whyte Ave

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    The Waffle Shop - next to the Bay Parkade
    Johnson's Restaurant - next to the Capitol Theatre
    the smallest jewelry store in the world next to the Rialto
    Gellibrand Fabrics next to the Strand
    The Nut House
    Kresge's
    Zeller's hot dog counter in the Tegler Building
    The Malt Shop in the Bay
    The Bamboo Palace
    all the great dress shops on Jasper Ave. where Commerce Place is now
    Keith's of London on 101 St.
    Welch's Saddlery where Sutton Place is. The plastic horse was always outside. Levis were $1.00 cheaper than at the Bay.
    The Farmers' Market where the library is - only vague memories
    The post office where the Westin is.
    The box that the Macdonald Hotel came in
    The old Edmonton Club
    The Carnegie Library on the top of the river
    The old CN station
    Lord's Shoes on 101 St. Lot's of shoe stores on 101 St.!
    Birk's in the Birk's Building
    Holt Renfrew on Jasper Ave.
    Ramsey's Flowers in the laneway behind the shops on the north side of Jasper Avenue between 101 and 103 Sts. Commerce Place is sitting on it now. There was an Edmonton Stamp and a Black Sheep jean store in the lane, too.
    Reed's China
    The bakery across from the Bay on 102 St.
    the pet store with the barking parrot on 102 St. I think it was the Edmonton Pet Store.
    The Coffee Cup Inn
    Tip Top Tailors
    Henry Singer's
    La Fleche Bros.

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    Maxwell Taylors on Jasper Ave.
    That restrurant with the cows on the roof on Jasper Ave.

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    Sonic Death Monkey wrote:
    "Damn, you people are old!"
    Yes young fella, we are old, older than old dirt.
    But as the saying goes: "In youth and beauty, wisdom is rare."

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    I think Edmonton Rubber Stamp also had an outlet near 101 and Jasper. Might have been in the lane near the Rialto.

    McBain Camera next to The Paramount. It was Ross McBain's first store.

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    - By the time I was of drinking age the Ambassador Hotel (we called it The Ambo) was staging punk gigs.

    - Ralph60 mentions The Rex near Capilano mall. I remember members of The Cult stayed there and trashed the rooms. The cops wanted to arrest them but they already blew out of town.

    Anyone remember Glory Days lounge where King's College now stands?

    As for downtown memories (some good and some bad).....

    - I remember watching Star Wars five times at the Odeon Theatre where the New Likwid Lounge stands right now.

    - China Town was basically where Canada Place now stands.

    - W.W. Arcade hardware store

    - the hookers on 106st.

    - the drug pushers by Beaver Hill Park (105st.)

    - the little joke store/magic shop near the General Hospital

    - the computer store across from City Hall that sold Apple II computers and software (ie. cassettes) for my TRS Tandy computer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66
    - the hookers on 106st.
    Good memories, or bad? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat
    I think Edmonton Rubber Stamp also had an outlet near 101 and Jasper. Might have been in the lane near the Rialto..
    Yes, that was in the lane close to 102 St., right across the lane from Ramsey's. I made a typing mistake with the 103 St.

    Beachcomer Restaurant where Scotiaplace is now.

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    I know this is a little off topic but a couple of Icons that were unique to Edmonton and are gone now are; Chicken on the Way, and the Edmonton version of Burger King.
    Burger Baron comes close but nothing equals the original King Canadian and King Mushroom Cheese Burgers.

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    I HATED the Chicken one the Way commercials...

    Silly lady singing the phone number and dancing with a box of chicken while some ***** off camera yelled, "cut cut cut you ruined the tape."
    Onward and upward

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    Chi Chi's
    Bullwinkle's
    The Marquee Record Store(kitty corner from the Brick)
    ...There used to be a wicked record store in Hub Mall, but can't remember the name.
    Marks & Spencer
    The Jasper Ave McDonald's
    Toy City
    Sam the Record Man at WEM
    Downtown Woodwards toy department (Especially at Xmas. Toy stores around here suck compared to 20+ years ago.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cured
    Downtown Woodwards toy department (Especially at Xmas. Toy stores around here suck compared to 20+ years ago.)
    AMEN. When shopping for toys this year, I told my nephews just how cool the toy departments were at Christmas. Now, they just SUCK, even Toys R Us was lame....
    Onward and upward

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS
    Quote Originally Posted by Cured
    Downtown Woodwards toy department (Especially at Xmas. Toy stores around here suck compared to 20+ years ago.)
    AMEN. When shopping for toys this year, I told my nephews just how cool the toy departments were at Christmas. Now, they just SUCK, even Toys R Us was lame....
    The toy store in Heritage Mall was THE BEST. I could play with those wooden train sets for hours!

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    This wasn't downtown, but does anyone remember Shakey's Pizza? I LOVED that place...and the Poppe Shoppe was nearby too..
    Onward and upward

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    Speaking of Woodwords, I miss their Food Fair grocery stores. Especially the one at the bottom of Edmonton Centre.

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    ...but it was getting pretty dingy in its last days...
    Onward and upward

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cured

    ...There used to be a wicked record store in Hub Mall, but can't remember the name.
    SU Records. It was up the lofty part at the northside of HUB Mall. I always went there after having a couple of jugs at Dewey's Pub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    Speaking of Woodwords, I miss their Food Fair grocery stores. Especially the one at the bottom of Edmonton Centre.
    I remember seeing chocolate covered ants at their store. I never did get to try a tin.

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    Re: Gone But Not Forgotten. How about "Black Sheep Boutique" and "The Colony."

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyT
    /\ I love the colony at West Ed.

    I actually have a bunch of my dads old threads he bought from the Colony many many years ago. Some pretty trendy stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66
    Quote Originally Posted by Cured

    ...There used to be a wicked record store in Hub Mall, but can't remember the name.
    SU Records. It was up the lofty part at the northside of HUB Mall. I always went there after having a couple of jugs at Dewey's Pub.
    Ah... glory days... records stores in Edmonton back in the 80s...

    Sound Connection (before they moved to 124th)
    Marquee
    Southside Sound
    Student Union Records

    And going further back...

    Kellys
    Opus 69
    That place in Cap Mall where I bought my first 7" single ever...

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    Beau Jangles jewelry store in Capitol Square and there was also one in Edmonton Centre.

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    Chez Pierre's

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    Chez Pierre's is still there, the sign was on tonight as I walking to my car from Pub 1905.

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    Chez Pierres is an Edmonton institution already, although ironically I've never been there.

    Thats one building I wish would be renovated and would be made to look really classy. The way the building looks right now it's easy to see how someone can mistake the business to be gone. I'd like to see the front made to look like a business still exists there and the side mural of Pierre, I prefer the old mural better (does anyone have a picture of that one), I'd like to see a new mural put up that would illustrate a bit of the history of that business.
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS
    I HATED the Chicken one the Way commercials...

    Silly lady singing the phone number and dancing with a box of chicken while some ***** off camera yelled, "cut cut cut you ruined the tape."
    BWAHAHAHAHA....!!!!!

    Let's all sing it TOGETHER.....

    four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...

    Chicken on the waaaaaay!!!!

    Speaking of late night commercials and Edmonton institutions...anyone recall what the Kung-fu place was named?

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    That reminds me of a of a couple local commercials that I miss hearing.

    "4 - 2 - 1 - 5 - 0 - 5 - 0
    If your hungry call the Lydo
    Freeeeeee delivery"

    I also miss the old Japanese Garden commercials on tv.
    LRT is our future, time to push forward.

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    Its P A R T Y T I M E ! ! !

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    Quote Originally Posted by soycd
    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS
    I HATED the Chicken one the Way commercials...

    Silly lady singing the phone number and dancing with a box of chicken while some ***** off camera yelled, "cut cut cut you ruined the tape."
    BWAHAHAHAHA....!!!!!

    Let's all sing it TOGETHER.....

    four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...four seven eight, sixty-six sixty-one...

    Chicken on the waaaaaay!!!!

    Speaking of late night commercials and Edmonton institutions...anyone recall what the Kung-fu place was named?
    I believe it was Simon Kung-Fu.

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    "Where'd ya get those clothes? BROTHERS! BROTHERS!"

    10 or 20 years from now, we'll still be chuckling at that awful Club Fit jingle that's currently on the radio.

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    Okay, I found this old thread while surfing around the net, and I just had to add...

    Does anyone remember Uncle Nicky's Carpets? Nicky was the TV spokesman and he was this annoyingly elfin guy with a beard and a bowler hat and a cartoonish voice. The really odd thing about it was that the ads seemed to be aimed at children, with Uncle Nicky addressing the viewer as "Hi Kids!" and sometimes they'd even have real kids in the ads, talking about carpets. The jingle, which was also sung by children, was to the tune of "Rubber Duckie".

    The reason it seemed so odd was that, in general, kids take little or no interest in carpet purchases. So it was hard to tell why exactly the ads were aimed at them.

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    It's been a while since Uncle Nicky first appeared but I'm not sure if Nicky Fordinsky is the same guy or not.

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    Hmm, I'd never thought about that. They had really different personas, though. Uncle Nicky was like a kid's show character, but Fordinski seemed to be doing a riff on Nestor Pistor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans
    Hmm, I'd never thought about that. They had really different personas, though. Uncle Nicky was like a kid's show character, but Fordinski seemed to be doing a riff on Nestor Pistor.
    ^ I have having major flashbacks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans
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    BTW, because I am the curious type -- where in Asia?
    South Korea. Thanks for asking.

    By the way, earlier on this thread, someone mentioned The Black Sheep Boutique. Does anyone happen to know, was this a roots-oriented clothing store, with an outlet in Bonnie Doon Mall? I distinctly recall going into a place in BD, where they were selling "jeans and lumberjacket" sort of stuff, and the music was kind of country/folk. Also, it was rather dark, compared to most clothing stores.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans
    BTW, because I am the curious type -- where in Asia?
    South Korea. Thanks for asking.

    By the way, earlier on this thread, someone mentioned The Black Sheep Boutique. Does anyone happen to know, was this a roots-oriented clothing store, with an outlet in Bonnie Doon Mall? I distinctly recall going into a place in BD, where they were selling "jeans and lumberjacket" sort of stuff, and the music was kind of country/folk. Also, it was rather dark, compared to most clothing stores.
    I have never heard of the Black Sheep Boutique so no help there also thanks for satisfying my curiosity as to where in Asia!

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    The Black Sheep Boutique was a trendy clothing store. I bought my High School Grad suit there - brown velvet with a ruffled shirt and a brown velvet bowtie - oh, and shoes that had four inch high soles with six inch high heels. Yikes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmcowboy11
    That reminds me of a of a couple local commercials that I miss hearing.

    "4 - 2 - 1 - 5 - 0 - 5 - 0
    If your hungry call the Lydo
    Freeeeeee delivery"

    I also miss the old Japanese Garden commercials on tv.
    YES! I loved the Lydo jingle... but I think it's 426-5050...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snark
    The Black Sheep Boutique was a trendy clothing store. I bought my High School Grad suit there - brown velvet with a ruffled shirt and a brown velvet bowtie - oh, and shoes that had four inch high soles with six inch high heels. Yikes!
    Hmm, no. I don't think that was the store I wandered into in Bonnie Doon Mall. This didn't seem like the kind of place where you'd pick up a grad suit. Thanks for the info, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by egranado
    Quote Originally Posted by Edmcowboy11
    That reminds me of a of a couple local commercials that I miss hearing.

    "4 - 2 - 1 - 5 - 0 - 5 - 0
    If your hungry call the Lydo
    Freeeeeee delivery"

    I also miss the old Japanese Garden commercials on tv.
    YES! I loved the Lydo jingle... but I think it's 426-5050...
    You're right, egrando.

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    Harmony Kids

    The Jean Joint. (Remember when it was "Down in the Alley"?)

    Jenner Motors (Pontiac Buick)

    Waterloo Mercury (Corner of Jasper & 107th)

    Miller Motors, both the new car on 100th & 104th, and the "Big Top" used car outlet with all those incandescent light bulbs on Jasper & 113th.

    GB Motors right by the Rathole on 109th.

    Silverwoods just south of that (with the 'Cream-top' bottle on the roof)

    The OLD Woodowards store with an elevator operator.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenorarat
    Harmony Kids

    The Jean Joint. (Remember when it was "Down in the Alley"?)

    Jenner Motors (Pontiac Buick)

    Waterloo Mercury (Corner of Jasper & 107th)
    Yep.

    Miller Motors, both the new car on 100th & 104th, and the "Big Top" used car outlet with all those incandescent light bulbs on Jasper & 113th.
    Yep.

    GB Motors right by the Rathole on 109th.

    Silverwoods just south of that (with the 'Cream-top' bottle on the roof)
    Yep.

    The OLD Woodowards store with an elevator operator.
    Yep.

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    Here's one...

    Spuds Murphy - on the east side of 124th St. just north of 102nd Ave.

    A small restaurant that pretty much served baked potatoes with various types of toppings. Wasn't open too long, though.

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    CJCA on 108 Street....old & new locations. The Bill & Bill Show broadcasting from The Crystal Gondola for your mental emolument
    I'm having people over later to stare at their phones,if you want to drop by

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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil Fawlty
    CJCA on 108 Street....old & new locations. The Bill & Bill Show broadcasting from The Crystal Gondola for your mental emolument
    ^ This I remember!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    Damn, you people are old! :P

    My miss-list:
    Earls in Edmonton Centre
    Chase nightclub in the Scotia Place food court
    Senor Frogs across from the Tin Palace
    Manulife West, including food court
    Cocktail Club
    Boardwalk Market (before that school took over)
    Bones
    Steak Board
    Mother Tucker's
    Denny Andrews American Bar
    A-Channel (pre-strike)
    ITV
    CFRN
    K-97 (pre-1984)
    the Rathole
    Rusty's
    original Hub Cigar on Whyte Ave
    original Albert's on Whyte Ave
    More to add:
    Barry Ts
    Goose Loonies
    Thunderdome
    Greenhouse
    Amazing Stories - comic shop below the old downtown Wee Book Inn
    That old English pub at the south end of what used to be MacCauley Plaza (now a gym)
    MacCauley Plaza itself c/w its square orange seats (now Telus Plaza)
    Mongolian Food Experience on Rice Howard Way
    downtown Don Cherry's (now Druid)
    EdTel

    More recent:
    Silk Hat
    downtown Burger King
    Terry Vaughns
    Sidetrack Cafe

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    With the pending Molson's closure, I'm reminded of a few other plants that are now gone.

    Bohemian Maid Brewery
    White Stag clothing manufacturer
    G.W.G.
    Levi's
    Canada Packers
    Burns
    Gainor's
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    I remember Spuds Murphy on 124 st.
    The owners were pretty good guys, I don't think it was just the potatos that were baked.

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    Number Eleven - Mark Messier's fashion boutique in WEM
    Glenn Anderson's Cell City
    WEM's submarines
    A&B Sound (downtown)
    The Carvery
    Daily Planet (in Commerce Place)
    The Vault (Zack Pocklington's bar on Jasper Ave)
    IKEA at WEM

    Trying to remember the name of the dim sum restaurant that was on the NE corner of 97 St and 102 Ave, kitty-corner from Canada Place. It was a well-known Asian gangsta hangout at night, but during the day it was a top lunch spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60
    I remember Spuds Murphy on 124 st.
    The owners were pretty good guys, I don't think it was just the potatos that were baked.
    Now how long have you waited to use that line! Good one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey

    Trying to remember the name of the dim sum restaurant that was on the NE corner of 97 St and 102 Ave, kitty-corner from Canada Place. It was a well-known Asian gangsta hangout at night, but during the day it was a top lunch spot.
    Would that be Tan-Tan?

    Not sure if these have already been mentioned....

    Pop Shoppe
    Pointe's After Restaurant
    David's Restaurant on Argyll
    Billy's Guide
    Krazy Krazy electronics store

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    Quote Originally Posted by North Guy66
    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey

    Trying to remember the name of the dim sum restaurant that was on the NE corner of 97 St and 102 Ave, kitty-corner from Canada Place. It was a well-known Asian gangsta hangout at night, but during the day it was a top lunch spot.
    Would that be Tan-Tan?

    That is my memory of the name/place too.

    Not sure if these have already been mentioned....

    David's Restaurant on Argyll Yup, it was only a couple of years ago that they closed.

    Billy's Guide Remember this too.

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    Bit of this and that from recent posts:

    David's Restaurant on Argyll
    I remember that. Wasn't there logo a big, highly stylized "D"?

    downtown Don Cherry's (now Druid)
    Previously The White Spot, I believe. Apparently, the White Spot is still a going concern out in BC.

    Pop Shoppe
    I remember the Pop Shoppe in Capilano, on 50th Street and baseline road. But they were part of a chain, right?

    Billy's Guide
    What was Billy's Guide?

    I will toss in mention of Fuller's, which had one outlet near Mill Creek Bridge where the Earl's is now. In fact, I think they were owned by the same guy. Not sure where the other Fuller's were.

    Also remember Buffalo Bill's, a cowboy themed restaurant where kids had birthday parties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60
    I remember Spuds Murphy on 124 st.
    The owners were pretty good guys, I don't think it was just the potatos that were baked.
    I think there may have been only 1 owner (from California, IIRC). The only reason I can remember it is because a good friend of mine worked there after school. I'd go in, have a potato, and hang around for a while with him. Not sure how much of a lunch crowd there was. After 4 it was pretty much dead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans
    Bit of this and that from recent posts:

    David's Restaurant on Argyll
    I remember that. Wasn't there logo a big, highly stylized "D"?

    downtown Don Cherry's (now Druid)
    Previously The White Spot, I believe. Apparently, the White Spot is still a going concern out in BC.

    Pop Shoppe
    I remember the Pop Shoppe in Capilano, on 50th Street and baseline road. But they were part of a chain, right?

    Billy's Guide
    What was Billy's Guide?

    I will toss in mention of Fuller's, which had one outlet near Mill Creek Bridge where the Earl's is now. In fact, I think they were owned by the same guy. Not sure where the other Fuller's were.

    Also remember Buffalo Bill's, a cowboy themed restaurant where kids had birthday parties.
    I worked at the Fuller's on 101st and Kingsway, which became a Humpty's Egg Place. There was also one on Calgary Trail, just a little north of Global TV. It became an Earl's then went through a couple of changes. Not sure what it is now or even if the building's still standing.

    The person who owned Fuller's also owned Earl's and had some A&W franchises as well.

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    [quote="overoceans"]Bit of this and that from recent posts:


    What was Billy's Guide?
    quote]

    Billy's Guide was a pocket-sized booklet that was published every Friday by William "Billy" Warwick. It was basically a visitor's guide to all the restaurants and lounges in Edmonton & vicinity. Also had columns by various well known Edmonton media, such as Eddie Keen, Bryan Hall, etc.

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    The history of Fullers/Earls is interesting.....................


    In 1982, Stan Fuller saw the downside of the restaurant business first hand. He also found that, with the right concept, one man's nightmare could become another's dream come true. The story starts 14 year's earlier. In 1968, Mr. Fuller's father Earl and other A&W franchise holders across Canada founded a public company, Controlled Foods Ltd. That company took off like a rocket. By 1982, it not only had A&W fast food restaurants across Canada but also a chain of 24-hour coffee shops called Fuller's

    While the A&W operations were doing box office business, the Fuller's chain was languishing. Granted, through leases it controlled some prime real estate locations, but staffing and managing the operation - especially the overnight shift - was proving to be a nightmare, Mr. Fuller recalls.

    Then, Mr. Fuller and his father had an idea. The younger Fuller had recently returned from 18 months of travelling around the world, financed by money made in Vancouver's real estate market in the early 1980s. He brought back with him a heightened awareness of international flavours and cuisine and an understanding of what a new generation of diners was looking for.

    He dubbed it the global skillet. At the same time, he saw around him the beginnings of a boom in vacation travel to southern sunspots and the nostalgia vacationers brought back with them. Those snowbirds longed to recreate the sense of fun and sun-splashed pleasure their days in Mexico, Jamaica, Florida and Cuba had brought.

    The major problem was cash. Starting a new restaurant can put a strain on even the deepest pockets. Mr. Fuller figured he had less than $100,000 at most to create the prototype for a new casual dining format the family would call Earl's.

    He and his dad took over the lease on the Calgary Trail Fuller's Coffee Shop in Edmonton, repainted it green and white, hung 300 papier-mâché parrots from the roof and installed patio chairs and tables. Every fifth table sported a beach umbrella.

    The fare was an international mix, heavily influenced by sunspot spices. Even today, Earl's continues that approach. Menus include Santa Fe chicken salad, wok-seared green beans and crispy tofu in hoisin ginger dressing, Jamaican jerk chicken, sunfish with Panang curry sauce and southern barbecue Angus sirloin steak sandwiches.

    "It was an amazing hit," Mr. Fuller says. "In fact, we had a rough time staying ahead of the game and opening enough to meet demand. By the end of 1984, we were opening six a year at a cost of $100,000 each."

    The following year, 1983, Mr. Fuller Sr. sold his interest in Controlled Foods to the Keg chain and the family began to focus on building Earl's. Stan Fuller's brothers, Stewart and Jeff, joined him. Stan is president and his father is chairman. Stewart, a chef, became head of product development.

    Today, Vancouver-based Earl's Restaurants Ltd. has a chain of 50 locations in the four western provinces, Denver and Scottsdale, Ariz. Of those, 35 are company owned and 15 operated on a franchise basis. Franchise owners tend to be former Earl's managers looking for a slower paced life in a small town, Mr. Fuller says.

    The typical Earl's is a 7,000-square-foot premises, seating 220 people in a high traffic area, often in a downtown location. The target market ranges in age from 25 to 60, men and women who have a taste for fresh ingredients prepared with an international zest. Each Earl's averages one complete seating at lunch and two during evening hours.

    Last year, hungry diners gave Earl's $150-million in revenues. The chain is now poised to move east. Earl's has its eye on a downtown Toronto location, Mr. Fuller says.

    "As a private company we don't have the constant pressures to expand and grow a public company faces," he says. "We are looking at adding two or three new locations a year. It comes down to a balance of cash flow, people and location."

    Today's 50-outlet chain is a far cry from his father's original goal. In 1954, Leroy Earl Fuller was a refinery mechanic in Sunburst, Mont. To make extra money, he opened a small burger joint to feed local farmers. When it came to decorating the building all he had was one can each of green and white paint, enough to touch up three sides of the building but not the back.

    "When he went back 20 years later to look at the old place, they still hadn't painted the back," Stan Fuller says with a laugh.

    Two years later, Mr. Fuller Sr. took what his son admits was a mind-boggling risk. He quit his job, sold the burger joint and moved the family to Edmonton, a city he had never been to before. Edmonton, he knew, was growing, driven by oil flowing from the Leduc field, and A&W, a new fast-food chain, was offering Canadian franchises.

    "It was absolutely perfect timing. Both dad and A&W prospered hugely," Mr. Fuller says. By 1968, Earl Fuller had 11 A&W franchises, including the four highest- grossing A&W outlets in the world. His father's success and lessons learned along the way created the framework for the Earl's chain, Mr. Fuller says. "At one point I wrote them all down in story form. Today, we even have a corporate story teller, Mark Barry, whose job it is to work with staff and tell stories explaining that philosophy in a way that is easy to understand."

    At the heart is a commitment to introducing to the Canadian market the finest international ingredients. Mr. Fuller says with great pride that Earl's was among the first mainstream chains to introduce extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar and forno ovens.

    Executive chef Michael Noble was the first Canadian to appear on the Japanese cooking show Iron Chef. In its early years, he would take managers on a company-paid week to a foreign destination to expand their horizons. Managers have visited Italy twice, the Bordeaux region of France, Chile, Argentina, California and, this year, Brussels. Those trips have served as an enormous eye-opener for them," he says. "But what it has also done is brought back to the chain an entirely new approach to cooking and to gaining customer loyalty."

    The proof is in the pudding. Most theme restaurants have a life span of about seven years, Mr. Fuller says. His Earl's chain has gone through three seven-year cycles by continuing to adapt and improve. The Fuller clan may be in the midst of spawning a family restaurant dynasty. Brother Jeff has the Joey Tomato's chain and Stewart has launched Saltlik Steakhouse.

    "It boils down to great people, great food, great service and great locations," he says.
    I'm having people over later to stare at their phones,if you want to drop by

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    Basil:

    Interesting article. Reads a bit like a promotional brochure at times, but what the hey. Thanks.

    The younger Fuller had recently returned from 18 months of travelling around the world, financed by money made in Vancouver's real estate market in the early 1980s. He brought back with him a heightened awareness of international flavours and cuisine and an understanding of what a new generation of diners was looking for.
    This would seem to account for the noticable change in style and product between Fullers and Earls. As I recall, Fullers was a bit of a greasy spoon, and always seemed rather dark unwelcoming.

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    Billy's Guide was a pocket-sized booklet that was published every Friday by William "Billy" Warwick. It was basically a visitor's guide to all the restaurants and lounges in Edmonton & vicinity. Also had columns by various well known Edmonton media, such as Eddie Keen, Bryan Hall, etc.
    Thanks. I think Billy's Guide must have slipped right under by my radar.

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    [quote="overoceans"]
    Thanks. I think Billy's Guide must have slipped right under by my radar.

    Before Billy's Guide, there was 'The Edmontonian' which carried ads for all local eateries and night spots, plus the TV listings for all two channels at the time. Today, we have See Magazine.

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    Anybody else remember "Fullers Junior" which morphed into "Leroy's".
    These were the Fullers attempt at a McDonald's clone before McDonalds moved to Edmonton. There was one at the Capilano fwy 101 ave. intersection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60
    Anybody else remember "Fullers Junior" which morphed into "Leroy's".
    These were the Fullers attempt at a McDonald's clone before McDonalds moved to Edmonton. There was one at the Capilano fwy 101 ave. intersection.
    I do remember Leroy's. There were never that many of them. I also remember The Corkscrew before it bacame Keg & Cleaver.

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    I remember the ski jump that went over Connor's Road.
    Fly Edmonton first. Support EIA

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    Now, how many people remember the old Burger King? The one that offered the King Canadian and King Mushroom burgers. Had its headquarters on 95th St. and 111th Ave.

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    I remember the CJCA sign on top of their building...
    How about that annoying kid that used to be the spokesperson
    for Denny Andrews Ford?
    Bel-Air Apartments which is now Baywood.
    Queen Elizabeth Planetarium... used to ride my bike on all
    the sidewalks around there.
    Vista 33 in the old AGT Tower.
    Ponderosa Restaurants with their ribeye steaks ( may have
    mentioned this one before ).
    Loblaw's and Dominion food stores.
    L-Mart replaced Loblaw's at St Albert Tr and 118 ave, and you had
    to use a wax pencil to write prices on things you bought.
    Western Pharmacy and Johnny's Grocery, and even Coral Bowl,
    all at 118 ave and St Albert Tr.
    The old traffic circles at St Albert Tr/125 ave, Groat Rd/111 ave,
    114 st/University Ave and 114 st/Belgravia Rd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by microbus
    I remember the CJCA sign on top of their building...
    How about that annoying kid that used to be the spokesperson
    for Denny Andrews Ford?
    Bel-Air Apartments which is now Baywood.
    Queen Elizabeth Planetarium... used to ride my bike on all
    the sidewalks around there.
    Vista 33 in the old AGT Tower.
    Ponderosa Restaurants with their ribeye steaks ( may have
    mentioned this one before ).
    Loblaw's and Dominion food stores.
    L-Mart replaced Loblaw's at St Albert Tr and 118 ave, and you had
    to use a wax pencil to write prices on things you bought.
    Western Pharmacy and Johnny's Grocery, and even Coral Bowl,
    all at 118 ave and St Albert Tr.
    The old traffic circles at St Albert Tr/125 ave, Groat Rd/111 ave,
    114 st/University Ave and 114 st/Belgravia Rd.
    Remember several of these too.

    Do you remember Swensen's Ice Cream Parlour which was at the 118 Ave and St. Albert traffic circle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryH
    Now, how many people remember the old Burger King? The one that offered the King Canadian and King Mushroom burgers. Had its headquarters on 95th St. and 111th Ave.
    I remember seeing a Burger King with Colonel Sanders' face on the neon sign, I think on 124 St. That was before the real Burger King finally moved in.

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    I remember some sort of ice cream shop in there

    Yeah, that Burger King was on either 125 or 126 st, and 118 ave...
    all Burger Kings served KFC, along with the likes of
    King Canadians (yummmmmmmy)

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    Oh man, I miss those King Canadian burgers and Mushroom Cheeseburgers! And their onion rings were the best, along with their corn fritters and banana sundaes.

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    Nothing like a King Mushroom Cheeseburger with a side of Corn Fritters and Jam.
    Kids with the munchies today have no idea what they're missing. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey
    Quote Originally Posted by TerryH
    Now, how many people remember the old Burger King? The one that offered the King Canadian and King Mushroom burgers. Had its headquarters on 95th St. and 111th Ave.
    I remember seeing a Burger King with Colonel Sanders' face on the neon sign, I think on 124 St. That was before the real Burger King finally moved in.
    There was one of those atop Connors Hill as well, just ahead of the ski jump that someone else was mentioning earlier. Plus, accross the street from the Jewish cemetery in Capilano.

    My understanding was that the guy who owned the KFC franchises in Canada also had the right to the Burger King name, but there was no connection with American Burger King. I'm guessing that the American company bought the rights from him when they expanded.

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    [quote="overoceans"][quote="Sonic Death Monkey"]
    Quote Originally Posted by TerryH
    ...My understanding was that the guy who owned the KFC franchises in Canada also had the right to the Burger King name, but there was no connection with American Burger King. I'm guessing that the American company bought the rights from him when they expanded.
    I heard that the fellow who had the Burger King naming rights in Edmonton held out for many years. Burger King wanted to enter the Edmonton market long before it was able to do so, because this fellow (or a group) would not sell the rights.

    I'm not sure how ther matter was finally resolved, but Burger King (the American one) finally got its way.
    Almost always open to debate...

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    There was
    -Rock City (which was off 109th Street).
    -Silk Hat on Jasper Avenue
    -soon Molson Brewery

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    I always liked the Strand and Rialto Theatres.
    And the old pool hall/pinball arcade on the 2nd floor
    of what is now the Journal Building. They sold trick stuff
    too, like itching powder, hand buzzers, etc.
    Scona Bowl used to have a pool hall and arcade upstairs too.

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    River City Chop House - across from Earls Tin Palace
    Iron Bridge - is now Original Joe's
    If I remember correctly, both the above places were run by the same folks that used to own the Overtime bar.
    Dairy Queen in Edmonton Centre East, I like their burgers and shakes
    Fogg n' Suds in Sherwood Park, still operating in BC after a failed expansion into Alberta

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