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Picturing the Past 50: Mystery diner

Posted Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 7:40 AM

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The Quick Snack from 1956. (T-G file photo)
While looking through the T-G negative files I found this one from May 17, 1956 about the opening of a small diner called the Quick Snack.

A story in the T-G by staff writer/sports editor Red Bean (perfect name for someone writing about a restaurant!) said the diner was owned by Paul Brooks, 18, and Don Bautch, 19, and indicated they may not have originally been from Shelbyville.

Unfortunately, the story didn't mention the diner's location and I couldn't find any advertisements, which would likely have had an address.

I couldn't blow up the negative large enough to read prices or specific items on the menu but they apparently sold breakfast items and sandwiches and featured RC Cola.

Anyone heard of this place?


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Hey Gang, could this be the Diner we thought of as "Woodsons" in the old alley behind Ben Franklins/Krogers on Depot St.....

-- Posted by FlaDon on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 9:00 PM

It was also near the southern bell office. Many of the telephone operators ate there.

-- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 9:11 AM

jim8377, Even though I still am not familiar with a restaurant being at that place, it makes sense to me. That location would have been close enough to Flys to draw a crowd from there.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 7:52 AM

I think that restruant was just off the square across from the old post office.

-- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Mar 3, 2010, at 7:04 AM

I tend to agree with MyMrMarty and Dianatn on this. My first impression was that the customers might be students of a beauty school, just based on the fact that they all seemed to have fresh, neat hair do's.But then I think it was probably into the 1980's that I recall such a school being here for awhile, just off the square on Holland St. Then again I may be dreaming that.

But, unless this was a staged photograph, it seems to me that this location was in close proximity to some business that employed a large number of ladies as opposed to male employees.

I'm not familiar with the entire basement area of the Gunter Building, but the South end, bordering on West Depot, held Roy Pressgrove's Barber Shop on one side(toward the square) and the Tea Room on the other. Roy's side was properly oriented with this picture, if we are looking at a stairway, however I feel pretty sure that I was getting my hait cut there no later than 1953 or 1954, and continued to do so for many years.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 1:18 PM

It does look very much like a lunch room in a factory. Wasn't there a lot of sewing factories here at one time...that could explain why all the women were here.

Of course I am just guessing ..

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 12:54 PM

David, I was referring to the longer line, but now that I look at the shorter line, I can see that the angle of both lines are identical which makes me think more of a stairway.

I am not sure about the Gunter Building but I can not be for certain that it is or is not.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:55 AM

This looks more like a In Plant Break Room Cafeteria than a commercial restaurant.

-- Posted by MyMrMarty on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:13 AM

What happened to the Who, What, Why, When and Where of reporting?

50 years from now, I wonder what people will say about the reporting of today?

We get to read the uninvestigated short versions of wild and crazy or reckless events, but never get the final updated report after it has been investigated, explaining it never happened like it was first reported.

Then we have the too much information:

Like when Geraldo Rivera, on one of the nights of our invasion on Iraq, drew a map in the sand showing the world just how our military troops were building a road around the Irag war zone to Baghdad.

Geraldo Rivera should have been executed right there in front of the cameras for TREASON!

I don't know what Red Bean was thinking. Did all 18 and 19 year old boys back then have their own businesses? The economy must have been great back then.

The economy is so bad today that the good ol boys, some in their 30's and 40's, are living with their parents or grand parents because they can't make it out their on their own.

Anyhow, I would think a look into the city/county business license department could come up with a location if the street is still known and the records go back that far.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:52 AM

I blew up the photo in Photoshop and couldn't tell whether or not it's a stairwell. Are you talking about the longer line or the one in the most extreme upper right?

But, you know, the more I look at that extreme upper right line, I think we just may be looking at a stairwell.

Could this have possibly been in the Gunter Building?

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:34 AM

David, Can you identify the diagonal line in the upper right corner of the photo? Could this possibly be the underside of a stairway?

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 10:22 AM

I look forward to someone shedding a little light on this, but there is nothing moving around in my old brain about it.

I do notice that it seemed to be favored by the ladies, and it's somewhat troubling to ponder the fact that this place somehow escaped my youthful attention.(tongue firmly in cheek)

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 9:53 AM

Thanks David for another great picture. I am sorry, but I can not help you with this one. Maybe ilikeoldsongs or Wilderness 68 or someone like that can help to stir my memory about this place.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 8:20 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.