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A menu of memoriesPosted Friday, September 14, 2007, at 9:27 PM
Talk on another T-G blog turned to memories of Shelbyville past. Specifically, restaurants of past years, many of which were gone by the time I became an adult. I did a well-received print edition column on some of them a few months ago. Remember these?
*Honeyland (mentioned in the other blog), which I remember as a sort of yellowish brick building on Madison Street toward the front of today's Wessner Automotive lot.
*The Merry-Go-Round, once a drive-in way out Madison Street which later became a bar before it burned in the mid 1970s.
*Locke's Dairy Bar, on North Main in the building now housing Living Stones Church. This one's totally before my time; I've just seen it in photos and mentioned in ads. But it was a major hangout in the 1940s and 1950s.
*Ditto for the Rebel Maid, on Madison Street where today's KFC is.
*Mr. Burger, on Madison Street. It burned one night in the late 1960s or early 1970s, replaced by the building now remodeled into Dr. Alcorn's dental offices.
*The Scotsman, on Madison Street in the 1970s before it exploded one night.
*A & W Root Beer, in the part of the now-empty lot next to Freeman's Shoes. Remember when the Freeman's building housed a bowling alley? (Actually, I don't...but I've seen photos)
*Burger Chef, Shelbyville's first chain fast-food restaurant, in the Lane Parkway building now housing a Mexican store.
*The first Sonic Drive-In from the 1970s and '80s, now overgrown with weeds on Madison Street.
And some of the bars...
*Sam's Place, in a small Depot Street building which still exists as a house.
*Sticky's, a maroon building torn down shortly after the Kroger store opened on Madison Street.
*The King of Clubs, on 231 North at Whiteside Lane in, I think, the building now housing a convenience store.
These restaurants and bars are likely just scratching the surface. You can probably think of many others. Fill in some of your favorites.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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