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    The mini golf courses at City Centre Motel, and on Grierson Hill...
    Dominion Bridge on 107 ave...
    the now-gone Central School at 156 st and 100 ave...
    And I still remember when Hwy 2A to Calgary was Hwy 2,
    and 2-lane all the way, meandering through every town.
    76 Union, Pacific 66 and Gulf gas stations.
    The original Dairy Queen on 99 st, where you had to walk up
    to the windows to order. They were closed during the winter, as
    you had to sit at outside tables to eat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by microbus
    76 Union, Pacific 66 and Gulf gas stations.
    Also B/A, White Rose, Redhead and Royalite gas stations.

    Car hops at the A&Ws.
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    Yeah, nothing now-a-days beats the A&W carhops bringing
    a teenburger, onion rings, and an overflowing frosty glass mug of
    root beer to your car

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    [quote="davidnorwoodink"][quote="overoceans"]
    Quote Originally Posted by 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.
    The answer lies here:

    http://www.rewedmonton.ca/content_vi...CONTENT_ID=599

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    Neat article, Glenora Rat. Thanks.

    And I loved the photo of Colonel Sanders decked out in a heavy jacket for what looked like a typical Edmonton winter!

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    My thanks as well, Glenorarat. The arrticle doesn't say when they finally sold the rights to the American Burger King. I'm guessing it was the early 1990's. Any ideas?
    Almost always open to debate...

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidnorwoodink
    My thanks as well, Glenorarat. The arrticle doesn't say when they finally sold the rights to the American Burger King. I'm guessing it was the early 1990's. Any ideas?
    If memory serves it was more mid-90's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidnorwoodink
    My thanks as well, Glenorarat. The arrticle doesn't say when they finally sold the rights to the American Burger King. I'm guessing it was the early 1990's. Any ideas?
    Going by the article, it would be 1995. But did they really 'sell out' to the American giant? I suspect, they already received a handsome payout from KFC when they wanted to set up their own outlets years earlier. Not to mention, the sale of their real-estate holdings when the U.S. entity came here would have allowed the Edmonton Burger King owners to comfortably retire.

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    That Burger King article mentioned Chicken On The Way.

    Funny enough, there's still a Chicken On The Way location operating in Calgary:
    http://www.ffwdweekly.com/Issues/1998/0910/city.html

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    I miss Epcor Cafe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenorarat
    Quote Originally Posted by davidnorwoodink
    My thanks as well, Glenorarat. The arrticle doesn't say when they finally sold the rights to the American Burger King. I'm guessing it was the early 1990's. Any ideas?
    Going by the article, it would be 1995. But did they really 'sell out' to the American giant? I suspect, they already received a handsome payout from KFC when they wanted to set up their own outlets years earlier. Not to mention, the sale of their real-estate holdings when the U.S. entity came here would have allowed the Edmonton Burger King owners to comfortably retire.
    They did ok...

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    Quote Originally Posted by djgirl

    They did ok...
    Remember what they said at the end of all their TV commercials?

    "Please......don't throw our name around."

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenorarat
    Quote Originally Posted by djgirl

    They did ok...
    Remember what they said at the end of all their TV commercials?

    "Please......don't throw our name around."
    Oh yeah.

    The guys were always very nice to me (they were clients), unassuming and pleasant.

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    Default Pink School Bus

    Does anyone remember the Pink School Bus -- or what it was actually called?, I don't even remember what it was actually called, but was located a few places in the late 1980's, I believe one location was in and around 66 street and the yellowhead, and as well as Jasper Avenue between 112/113 Streets, before that develpment holding Joey Tomatos, Second Cup and Rogers Video is now.
    • Yeomans (when Gus and Penny Owned it...)(is is still even around now?)
    • The Old Water Tower on 66 st, south of Fort Road, north of the tracks
    • Burns
    • Gainers (South of Whyte Avenue)
    • Red Rooster
    • Sky Line Taxi (stretching things here)
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    The Overtime is no longer.
    I'm having people over later to stare at their phones,if you want to drop by

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    McTavish Business College
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    The Overtime is no longer.
    Is the Whitemud Crossing Overtime still open? I know the downtown one has closed.
    Almost always open to debate...

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    Does anyone remember the Pink School Bus -- or what it was actually called?, I don't even remember what it was actually called, but was located a few places in the late 1980's, I believe one location was in and around 66 street and the yellowhead, and as well as Jasper Avenue between 112/113 Streets
    That was called The Motoraunt.

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    Gainers (South of Whyte Avenue)
    You mean overlooking Mill Creek Ravine? Yeah, I think it's condos now, correct?

    What exactly was done at that Gainers place off Whyte? It wasn't an abattoir was it? I'm guessing it was just like a warehouse or something.

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    Gainers: Yes, killing floors to weiners they did it all

    Motoraunt: Sold as much Coke (by the gram) as burgers by the pound
    Remember the Mexican home goods store set up in the old circus tent in the front of the same parking lot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry N
    The Overtime is no longer.
    They are reopening under a new name.

    From Graham Hicks' Blog

    •Quietly gone. The Overtime Downtown has closed its doors, being fully renovated by the Byrne nightclub group before re-opening as "Stir." Lots of memories gone with Overtime, which had itself a pretty successful run before Hudson's Downtown took away many of its older pub-style clientele.
    Not sure about losing clientele, they still had lineups on Saturday nights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCanada
    Does anyone remember the Pink School Bus -- or what it was actually called?, I don't even remember what it was actually called, but was located a few places in the late 1980's, I believe one location was in and around 66 street and the yellowhead, and as well as Jasper Avenue between 112/113 Streets, before that develpment holding Joey Tomatos, Second Cup and Rogers Video is now.
    On the NORTH side of Jasper Avenue between 112th & 113th was a funeral home on the corner of 112th, and Miller Motors "Big Top" Used Cars with something like 1400 incandescent light bulbs strung out from a central pole to the extremities of the lot. All I remember that was one the south side was a row of shops, one with a grocery store called 'Black & White Grocery' with a tall vertical sign.

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    Gainers: Yes, killing floors to weiners they did it all
    I see. Would you happen to know when they stopped using it as a killing floor?

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    Does anyone remember a traffic circle on Calgary Trail?

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    Google
    "gainers meats, edmonton"
    Anyone else remember "Peter Pork"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwells
    Does anyone remember a traffic circle on Calgary Trail?
    I don't remember Calgary Trail ever having a full-fledged
    traffic circle, BUT, there used to be a little roundabout thing
    where 103 and 104 streets met, just north of 51 ave.
    All it was meant for was allowing NB traffic off one street to
    go SB on the other, and SB to NB... or something like that.
    Of course back then both 103 and 104 streets were two-way.
    Yay, summertime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by overoceans
    Gainers: Yes, killing floors to weiners they did it all
    I see. Would you happen to know when they stopped using it as a killing floor?
    shortly after 1980, if memory serves
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    Question 11 on this quiz indicates that Gainers did indeed close the Mill Creek slaughterhouse in 1980.

    11. A spur track, once part of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway, slithered through the Mill Creek Ravine between 68th and 80th Avenues. It was abandoned in 1980, after which slaughterhouse closed?
    Yay, summertime!

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    Anyone else remember "Peter Pork"?
    Yep, and I have a whole swackload of memories from the Gainer's strike, mid-80s thereabouts. I remember that Gainers hired the guy who played that Ernest character(the one who always talks to Vern) to do ads extolling Gainers meats. It was kind of stupid, because he wasn't the most appealing personality, and Edmonton audiences had no clue who the guy was supposed to be, and who this Vern guy was. He probably wasn't the best spokesperson for an audience that wasn't familiar with the character.

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    Oh and I have a question...

    11. A spur track, once part of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway, slithered through the Mill Creek Ravine between 68th and 80th Avenues. It was abandoned in 1980, after which slaughterhouse closed?
    Does this mean that when the Mill Creek slaughterhouse was in operation, the livestock was transported through the ravine, and then marched up the hill to the slaughterhose?

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    ROFL!
    the image in my mind is too funny

    the widdle choo-choo whisked them around the ravine

    cuz I remember the tracks right in the ravine, and up on top...
    depending on which avenue you were on. Those same tracks
    used to cross 96 st at about 68 ave, didn't they?
    Yay, summertime!

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    Quote Originally Posted by microbus
    Quote Originally Posted by dwells
    Does anyone remember a traffic circle on Calgary Trail?
    I don't remember Calgary Trail ever having a full-fledged
    traffic circle, BUT, there used to be a little roundabout thing
    where 103 and 104 streets met, just north of 51 ave.
    It wasn't exactly "little", but about 3 blocks long. There was the South Bend Motel, a Mohawk gas station, Southgate Volkswagen, and a long-gone 'mom & pop' motel (El Paso?) that straddle that 'circle'.

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    Yeah, but it wasn't really a circle... I think that was the El Paso Motel though
    I seem to remember something about a cactus lol
    Yay, summertime!

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    A spur track, once part of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway, slithered through the Mill Creek Ravine between 68th and 80th Avenues. It was abandoned in 1980, after which slaughterhouse closed?
    The Mill Creek Trail Bridge just north of 76 avenue, is the actual EDY&P rail bridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCanada
    A spur track, once part of the Edmonton, Yukon and Pacific Railway, slithered through the Mill Creek Ravine between 68th and 80th Avenues. It was abandoned in 1980, after which slaughterhouse closed?
    The Mill Creek Trail Bridge just north of 76 avenue, is the actual EDY&P rail bridge
    The railroad route actually closed long before the Gainers Packing Plant closed. I grew up in Oliver, and the train that wended its way through Mill Creek actually started near the (now-defunct) Molson Brewery on 121 Street.

    It went southwest past what is now Original Joe's (then a training school for mechanics, I believe), and along the east side of Groat Ravine before going east above Victoria Golf Course, past (beneath) the legislature and through Rossdale to the Low Level Bridge, from which it entered Mill Creek Ravine and climbed to the end, turning west at the right-of-way between 68th and 69th Avenues. It proceeded west to the CP rail line. The Gainers plant was just one of its stops.

    I think the line closed in 1955 or so, and the tracks were torn up. I remember playing on the trestle that was near Original Joe's.

    You can actually see the old line through Mill Creek on Google Earth (the rest of it is not shown). (You have to click on the Transportation box under Places of Interest.)
    Almost always open to debate...

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    I remember there once was a speed skating oval down in the River Valley at the bottom of McDougall Hill.
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    Somebody mentioned the WAFFLE SHOP ...DOES ANYBODY HAVE A PHOT of this place?PLEASE!

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    Sorry I missed this, great thread.

    nobody menioned:

    Hobbit's Fantasy Shop
    The Bay's brown bagger.
    Dark Star comics
    Commonwealth posters (I used to work there)

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    What was the name of that cafeteria-type place on 2nd floor of Manulife Place?

    And does anyone remember the wine bar that used to be in the Mayfair? It was either in the Corona Cafe cafe space or the one next to it.

    Also add:
    - McBeans (Commerce Place)
    - Louie's Subs (Commerce Place)
    - Four Rooms (City Centre East)
    - Home Outfitters (City Centre East)
    - mini-golf in City Centre West
    - the Stonehouse Pub (pre-meathead)
    - Boca's Beach Club (in Beaumaris shopping centre)
    - Mo's sports bar
    - Blue Sapphire (Whyte Ave)
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    ^ I remember Mr. Sub when it was on 124th and 102nd St
    I also remember London Drugs on the South edge of the lot of Jasper Gate Square on 100th Ave.
    Peoples Church empty lot before the church was built.
    The Marshel Wells building

    And does anyone remember the wine bar that used to be in the Mayfair? It was either in the Corona Cafe cafe space or the one next to it.

    I don't recall the Corona Cafe, Was it near the Seven Seas Chinese food place where Tim's is now?

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    Corona Cafe was in the Mayfair - SW corner of Jasper and 108 St. But years before, there used to be this sweet wine bar there or next door.
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    I have a vague recollection of it and it wasn't that long ago it used to be there. I'm thinking in the 90's maybe?

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    Does anyone remember the old run down wooden building on 109th and just North of Jasper Ave? It sat roughly where Ricky's all day grill is now. It was a hotel at the time and torn down about 1981 or something. I stayed in it a couple of times. Just wondering if anyone has a photo or knows what the building was called?

    Thanks

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    ^ I haven't been right through this thread, but has anyone pointed you to this site?

    https://archivesphotos.edmonton.ca/P...e/Default.aspx

    You might be fascinated for days (or more).

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    A few (which I hope were not mentioned already) off the top of my head;

    Hy's Steakloft
    Woolworths (lunch counter was popular)
    Edmonton Police Headquarters Canteen (I used to go there often for lunch)
    The Royal George Hotel (their buffet was among the best in town)
    The windows of Woodwards, The Bay and Eatons all festooned with animated Christmas displays
    The Sidewalk Photographers
    Golden West, Millwoods and all the Edmonton Drive-in theatres
    Club Mocombo

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    King Eddy Hotel, Beechcomber, Kresges, McLeods, Woolworths, Sears on the traffic circle of 101 St. and 118 Ave. Sweet Sixteen were I bought my wedding dress
    Ye Olde English Fish and Chip Shop
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    I remember when bars had their own plastic swizzle sticks. I had a fair collection of them at one time. Still have a few in a box somewhere.
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    ^^ I remember drinking high balls in the King Eddy (1979) that was just up the street from The Grand Hotel.

    I also recall The Brown bagger (The Bay)
    -Joes cafeteria (basement of the Boardwalk)
    -Maxwell Taylors (Rexall drugs, on Jasper near Joey's)
    - The A&W drive in on 109th East of Jasper (great Root Beer)
    -Medowlark Mall theaters (saw and laughed at Alien 1)
    -Ron Reid's Barbershop below Cecil hotel
    -The Roost (not that I've ever been inside)
    -The rail road tracks running from Bacarat casino to Oliver Square on 104th street.
    -Via rail when the train went right downtown to the CN building.
    -The empty lot behind the building on Jasper and 103rd street (It's where the Le Lapage building is.)
    -The theater at Westmount shopping center.
    -Londonderry Mall before the upper level parkade (I worked on that location while it was under construction.
    -K Mart Medowlark
    -I have a vague recollection of the Marshal Wells building (what 1978?)
    -WW Arcade
    -Cloverdale paint and Paper,
    -Fredell shoes Edmonton Center
    -Spalding hardware
    -Electro T's West Edmonton Mall
    -Dark Star Comics
    -The empty lot catty corner to Sandy Lane and 95th Ave
    -Peoples Church when it was a vacant lot
    -Muttart worksop (near stadium LRT)
    -Safeway on Jasper and 105th A street
    -London Drugs South of Jasper gates square
    -When Jasper place ETS bus shelter was a one room brown shack
    -ETS buses when they were still yellow and red
    -The Crown Victoria Yellow City police crusiers (phased out in 1990 I believe)
    -The outdoor skating rink 94thA Ave NW and 155th street.
    -Edmonton Personell Services (you got paid daily)
    -Action Force

    And most other landmarks here in Edmonton after August 1978

    Sorry about some landmarks spelling
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    The Beverly A&W at 42st at 118 ave. Now a stand alone restaurant/drive through. It was a great place for a rod run in the summer.

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    Il portico italian restaurant on 100 ave and 107 st was closed for good on oct 3 rd 2008 after 15 yrs of very successful business and this building and the land was sold to alberta blue cross for undisclosed amount. The owners made no plans to move elsewhere in downtown.

    burger baron on 129 ave and fort road was closed for good in summer of 2008 because 2 workers who worked there have quit their job and owners could not find anyone who is willing to work there.
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    Mother Tuckers restaurant in the metals annex building now demolished.The best prime rib in the city at the time!!!
    Sha Na Na's in the basement of the Ellis Building on 112st. A cool little bar in the basement.

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    ^I remember dancing in Sha na na's. circa 1991. it was great. kind of grimmy in a way but nice.

    I also recall the A&W situated about where Save on Foods is now. There was this dive of a hotel i used to stay in nearby. Does anyone recall the name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    ^I remember dancing in Sha na na's. circa 1991. it was great. kind of grimmy in a way but nice.

    I also recall the A&W situated about where Save on Foods is now. There was this dive of a hotel i used to stay in nearby. Does anyone recall the name?
    A&w Where?

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    Right on 109 ST.. it was the old drive in, roller girl style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmonton daily photo View Post
    Right on 109 ST.. it was the old drive in, roller girl style.
    Damn, I forgot about that one. Good on you. Yes right next to the CPR's freight yard office at that time. i miss those.

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    I remember the Roost, very 70's decor stipple walls, cedar wood panelling downstairs (the "girls" liked it )and black walls upstairs with nean paint really cutting edge for 1988( the boys floor more or less ) stayed pretty much the same till they closed.

    In an early post there was a reference to Flashbacks, the name was Flashback! I used to work there so long ago for some odd reason the trendy straight crowd always wanted to pluralise the name, drove us nuts, good times though good times.......Especially the Halloween,New Years Eve Shows! OMG!

    Remember when Harry Rosen had a branch in Edmonton Centre, as well as JB Big Boy.

    And the motel with the Cactus on Calgary Trail I think it was the "Siesta"
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    The Roost? I didn't realise it was gone. Gay bar or not, I still played alot of pool and had several good friends there. Times they are a changin.......

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    I was part of the staff that closed down the roost.

    I miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmonton daily photo View Post
    I was part of the staff that closed down the roost.

    I miss it.
    A crazy fun lot to have a friendly game with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edmonton daily photo View Post
    I was part of the staff that closed down the roost.

    I miss it.
    Anytime I came home for a visit I always felt the Roost had changed so much from the time it had just opened the second floor when it was packed every weekend.
    But then I can remember going there for the first time in the early 80's during the boom then, even on a monday or tuesday it was full. the money was really flowing then.........

    And in the middle of winter running from Flash to the Roost and back to Flash to keep up partying with the crowds and waltzing pass the huge lineups at both clubs because we were STAFF!!!! LOL

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    I used to work at tony romas on northeast corner of jasper ave and 118 th st for 3 yrs and this restaurant has been changed 2 or 3 times and it is now called rocks or something

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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    I used to work at tony romas on northeast corner of jasper ave and 118 th st for 3 yrs and this restaurant has been changed 2 or 3 times and it is now called rocks or something
    On The Rocks - it's a cover band bar/nightclub. A very popular one, judging from the lineup every Saturday night.
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    ^ Speaking of On The Rocks, a comment on their neighbor:
    I remember when Badass Jacks used to be where Famoso is now. What happened to Badass Jacks - they've kinda petered out. 10 - 15 years ago they were hugely popular.
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    badass jacks was out of business now and I remember one of those also next to burger king on 137 ave and 40 st area is out of business as well

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    ^ Badass Jacks isn't out of business. They still have some locations open, most notably in Garneau, in the strip mall on 109 St south of 87 Ave (next to Wizard's comic shop).
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    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.[/QUOTE]

    I worked at Black Sheep Boutique in Winnipeg from 1977 to 1980. The company was based out of Edmonton with stores in Western Canada. We sold high end fashion clothes for the men. High wasted pants, no pocket jeans, lot's of polyster print shirts, suits and expensive leather jackets. The company went out of business about the mid 80's after the original owner (I believe his name was Saul) sold the business. They moved from street locations in the 70's to mall locations in the late 70's early 80's. I'm sure we dressed every disco boy around. I have some great memories of those days. I actually found an old polaroid of our tailor (Mario) in Polo Park just the other day.

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    Wow...you guys have good memories (and lots of braincells too)...ah those were the days.
    Sadly I'm really craving a King Canadian burger doh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RandyRoberts View Post
    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.
    rr
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    I seem to remember buying my one and only pair of black leather pants in the Edmonton Centre store (top floor towards the pedway) Even in 1984 they cost $110........

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    the coffee cup inn..... the steak loft old Baily...... The arcade on 98 st where you could buy all the crap that was posted on the back of comic books... the arcade in the journal blding..... the arcade news stand on 107 and jasper

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    I wanted to ask everyone here to see if you can remember the department store called johnstone walker which was once stood right beside royal bank on jasper ave and 102 st ?? this store was out of business and demolished in mid 70's. I just happen to saw 1968 photo of that store from provincal archives of alberta
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    ^ I think it was called Johnson Walker

    Does anyone remember the donut hole dugout along the banks of the N sask river?

    -Dark star comics?
    -Adventure Gaming supplies?
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    ^ I think it was called Johnson Walker

    Does anyone remember the donut hole dugout along the banks of the N sask river?

    -Dark star comics?
    -Adventure Gaming supplies?
    -Akasik books on white Ave? I think I miss spelled the name
    -Medowlark theater (can't recall it's original name)
    -Fredell shoes (I worked there for about a week)
    -Commonwealth Posters
    -Joes cafe boardwalk basement

    according to 1968 photo from Proivincal archives of alberta shows that the department store was called johnstone walker .


    you can check out from http://www.culture.alberta.ca/archiv...s/default.aspx

    page 74 and photo number A1254C
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    The little depot on 76 ave in the old Ritchie area for Model HO trains. Housed in a quaint little store they had the most incredible collections of rare models I'd ever seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    ^ I think it was called Johnson Walker

    Does anyone remember the donut hole dugout along the banks of the N sask river?

    -Dark star comics?
    -Adventure Gaming supplies?
    -Akasik books on white Ave? I think I miss spelled the name
    -Medowlark theater (can't recall it's original name)
    -Fredell shoes (I worked there for about a week)
    -Commonwealth Posters
    -Joes cafe boardwalk basement
    It was Johnstone-Walker
    Fredelle Shoes I worked in the Southgate store when it expanded into the new section in 1982 I lasted 3 months, I HATED it.
    Meadowlark Cinerama was the name

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    ^ thanks for clearing that up about Johnstone. I read somewhere on this thread it was spelled Johnson. My grandfather's name was Johnston. He would always say "That's Johnston with a T."

    About Fredell shoes yeah I think I lasted about 2-3 months as well but that was in 1979 during the peak of That boom. By 1982, the economy was just turning an about face. That would be during the ETS bus strike andI was living on 80th Ave East of the arena at the time I recall walking across the high level to work downtown. Fredell must have closed up shop shortly after 82-83?

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    Quote Originally Posted by envaneo View Post
    ^ thanks for clearing that up about Johnstone. I read somewhere on this thread it was spelled Johnson. My grandfather's name was Johnston. He would always say "That's Johnston with a T."

    About Fredell shoes yeah I think I lasted about 2-3 months as well but that was in 1979 during the peak of That boom. By 1982, the economy was just turning an about face. That would be during the ETS bus strike and living on 80th Ave East of the arena I recall walking across the high level to work downtown. Fredell must have closed up shop shortly after 82-83?
    Fredelle, Kinney, Lewis, Mankind Shoes were all owned by Woolworths (who also owned Footlocker) aside from Kinney and Footlocker the other brands were only in Canada,

    Woolworths reorganized itself into Venator Group dumped the other brands and kept The Footlocker brands open during the mid 80's sometime.
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    smitty's was out of business at city centre east about 9 yrs ago. I do know why they are out of business but won't say why
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    Smitty's still exist in a kazillion other locations,
    Probably 24/7 "breakfast" places don't work in a downtown enclosed mall. not enough traffic, they would need to be along 104th ave like the Denny's.
    Or Oxford didn't think it worked in the leasing mix for CityCentre, hard to say though Ricky's is in CityCentre but I think their menu is a bit more varied?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Smitty's still exist in a kazillion other locations,
    Probably 24/7 "breakfast" places don't work in a downtown enclosed mall. not enough traffic, they would need to be along 104th ave like the Denny's.
    Or Oxford didn't think it worked in the leasing mix for CityCentre, hard to say though Ricky's is in CityCentre but I think their menu is a bit more varied?


    it was busy during lunch time but not breakfast or dinner so that's a problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Smitty's still exist in a kazillion other locations,
    Probably 24/7 "breakfast" places don't work in a downtown enclosed mall. not enough traffic, they would need to be along 104th ave like the Denny's.
    Or Oxford didn't think it worked in the leasing mix for CityCentre, hard to say though Ricky's is in CityCentre but I think their menu is a bit more varied?


    it was busy during lunch time but not breakfast or dinner so that's a problem.
    JB Big Boy's was in Edmonton Centre (CityCentre East) from the time the mall first opened in '74 to some time in the late 80's or early 90's it was always busy during the day but closed in the evenings,

    Smitty's probably could not make that location work with the more "extended" hours of retail today. Just not enough foot traffic. I have always thought of them as either a suburban or smaller city/town type outlet you see them everywhere in smaller places like Hinton, Innisfail, Lloydminster places like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Smitty's still exist in a kazillion other locations,
    Probably 24/7 "breakfast" places don't work in a downtown enclosed mall. not enough traffic, they would need to be along 104th ave like the Denny's.
    Or Oxford didn't think it worked in the leasing mix for CityCentre, hard to say though Ricky's is in CityCentre but I think their menu is a bit more varied?


    it was busy during lunch time but not breakfast or dinner so that's a problem.
    JB Big Boy's was in Edmonton Centre (CityCentre East) from the time the mall first opened in '74 to some time in the late 80's or early 90's it was always busy during the day but closed in the evenings,

    Smitty's probably could not make that location work with the more "extended" hours of retail today. Just not enough foot traffic. I have always thought of them as either a suburban or smaller city/town type outlet you see them everywhere in smaller places like Hinton, Innisfail, Lloydminster places like that.

    JB big boy's restaurant was out of business in canada long time ago but there is still some restaurant left in about 4 - 6 states today .
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    Like I said it closed for whatever reason years ago, there was also a location on 118th ave, the building is another restaurant I believe. Smitty's though is still thriving in it's suburban/rural type outlets so it must have been financial factors in the closing of the ECC branch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Like I said it closed for whatever reason years ago, there was also a location on 118th ave, the building is another restaurant I believe. Smitty's though is still thriving in it's suburban/rural type outlets so it must have been financial factors in the closing of the ECC branch.
    Indeed there was an JB big boy's outlet on 118 ave at 37st. It is still a restaurant. But the name is JAY BEES. I've eaten there and it's very clean with very good service and menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Like I said it closed for whatever reason years ago, there was also a location on 118th ave, the building is another restaurant I believe. Smitty's though is still thriving in it's suburban/rural type outlets so it must have been financial factors in the closing of the ECC branch.
    Indeed there was an JB big boy's outlet on 118 ave at 37st. It is still a restaurant. But the name is JAY BEES. I've eaten there and it's very clean with very good service and menu.

    I did check JB big boy restuarant website and it shows there is none in canada at all, just in USA only
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Like I said it closed for whatever reason years ago, there was also a location on 118th ave, the building is another restaurant I believe. Smitty's though is still thriving in it's suburban/rural type outlets so it must have been financial factors in the closing of the ECC branch.
    Indeed there was an JB big boy's outlet on 118 ave at 37st. It is still a restaurant. But the name is JAY BEES. I've eaten there and it's very clean with very good service and menu.

    I did check JB big boy restuarant website and it shows there is none in canada at all, just in USA only
    I know. It's JAY BEES Not JB big boys. Big boys pulled out several years ago off 118 ave at that location. My clarification skills are lacking this evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    Like I said it closed for whatever reason years ago, there was also a location on 118th ave, the building is another restaurant I believe. Smitty's though is still thriving in it's suburban/rural type outlets so it must have been financial factors in the closing of the ECC branch.
    Indeed there was an JB big boy's outlet on 118 ave at 37st. It is still a restaurant. But the name is JAY BEES. I've eaten there and it's very clean with very good service and menu.

    I did check JB big boy restuarant website and it shows there is none in canada at all, just in USA only
    I know. It's JAY BEES Not JB big boys. Big boys pulled out several years ago off 118 ave at that location. My clarification skills are lacking this evening.
    'Jag, Its a play on words,

    The owners of JAY BEE"S are using a sound alike name to "connect" or "associate" them with the JB"S name image that the restaurant used to have.

    Cnr67

    Good to hear that the local owners have managed to keep it up and running as a quality local eatery, too many places fail miserably in that regards.

    I always liked the retro 70's look of the place I even remember the fat JB Big Boy statue out front!,

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    I did saw 1966 photo of st regis hotel on the northeast corner of 101 st and 104 ave which is now a parking lot short walk north to epcor tower
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    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    JB Big Boy's was in Edmonton Centre (CityCentre East) from the time the mall first opened in '74 to some time in the late 80's or early 90's it was always busy during the day but closed in the evenings,

    Smitty's probably could not make that location work with the more "extended" hours of retail today. Just not enough foot traffic. I have always thought of them as either a suburban or smaller city/town type outlet you see them everywhere in smaller places like Hinton, Innisfail, Lloydminster places like that.
    The north side of CCE was a bad location for a restaurant, period. Outside, there's no pedestrian presence and it's blocked out by the parkade exit; inside the mall, it was out of the way. If it was on the south side then it would still be there.

    Earls used to be in CCE on the 2nd floor, above Smittys. That place was dead except at lunchtime.
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    is anyone of you remember safeway grocery store on 102 ave and 124 st ??? I saw the photo of 1972
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    Quote Originally Posted by jagators63 View Post
    is anyone of you remember safeway grocery store on 102 ave and 124 st ??? I saw the photo of 1972
    It's now MEC we used to shop there on occasion after we went to the Dr's at the Allin Clinic on 120th street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by darrellinyvr View Post
    JB Big Boy's was in Edmonton Centre (CityCentre East) from the time the mall first opened in '74 to some time in the late 80's or early 90's it was always busy during the day but closed in the evenings,

    Smitty's probably could not make that location work with the more "extended" hours of retail today. Just not enough foot traffic. I have always thought of them as either a suburban or smaller city/town type outlet you see them everywhere in smaller places like Hinton, Innisfail, Lloydminster places like that.
    The north side of CCE was a bad location for a restaurant, period. Outside, there's no pedestrian presence and it's blocked out by the parkade exit; inside the mall, it was out of the way. If it was on the south side then it would still be there.

    Earls used to be in CCE on the 2nd floor, above Smittys. That place was dead except at lunchtime.
    I remember that! it was really in for a while (lunch crowd like you said) dead otherwise back when Edmonton Centre originally opened that was also the space that the first local Eddie Bauer was.
    Where JB's used to be (smitty's) the place was nice inside just had NO view or sunlight.......great burgers though.....
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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.

    That guy who owned Burger King back then was awesome. He held the rights to the Burger King name for all Canada. Apparently until he sold them, thats why Burger King (USA) never came into Canada. Must have made himself a tidy sum for sure.

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    Man. Going thru all the posts here.... that one just slammed into my head.

    I remember as a little kid going to Speedway Park, think it was off 137th street...and meeting EVIL KENEVIL!!! (Yes the real one. Even got his autograph on my 1970 something Evil Kenevil halloween costume.) Oh god, the memories.

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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..
    I remember The Poppe Shoppe in Capilano, and right across the street was 'Consumers Distributing'; it was like a Costco but you just had a printed catalogue to look at and wrote down the corresponding number of the item(s) you wanted. Then they go find it in the back of their warehouse behind those magical closed doors. I remember many toys coming out of those doors back in the day...

    Good times!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty-eh View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by RichardS View Post
    This wasn't downtown, but does anyone remember Shakey's Pizza? I LOVED that place...and the Poppe Shoppe was nearby too..
    I remember The Poppe Shoppe in Capilano, and right across the street was 'Consumers Distributing'; it was like a Costco but you just had a printed catalogue to look at and wrote down the corresponding number of the item(s) you wanted. Then they go find it in the back of their warehouse behind those magical closed doors. I remember many toys coming out of those doors back in the day...

    Good times!
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    • Kites and Other Delights
    • The Subs
    • The Cannonball
    • The GOOD Raging Rapids ride (back when it had multiple drops and ended by drifting out through a waterfall)
    • The Bourbon Street Guitar and Jazz Band
    • Canadian Tire
    • Drop of Doom
    • The GOOD Golf Course
    • The Hanging String Lights that used to dangle down in front of Entrance 2
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    • Compu-smart (on West End near the place where Scandia is now)
    • Canadian Airlines (both at CYEG and CYXD)
    • The Old Arcade/the Old Harvey's on the Old Mezzanine Level at CYEG (before Central Hall was built)
    • The Balloon Bar at CYEG (just remember the exterior)
    • The Old Kingsway Mall Foodcourt
    • Discovery Zone in Mayfield Common
    • The GOOD Rundle Park playground, as well as all the other wooden playgrounds which were actually fun (Kinsman is about the only one left)
    • The Sportex at Northlands

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    Chicken on the Way and Jack and Jills (I think). The city had more character in the old days (if you are an old timer that is).

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