Morgan's Cafeteria as it appeared in February 1978. (T-G file photo)
A lot of restaurants have operated in East Side Shopping Center (a/k/a Mittwede Shopping center back in the day) over the years.
Here's an inside view of one -- Morgan's Cafeteria -- in February 1978. The photo was shot for an advertisement, which said Herman Morgan had opened the restaurant in the fall of 1977.
Looks like this may have been a lunch crowd. The T-G ran weekly ads featuring restaurants during early 1978, which is why I've posted several pictures of people eating during that time. Plenty of other types of photos to come.
Question for those who remember: What would be considered Shelbyville's first shopping center? Mittwede's? I know Big Springs Shopping Center opened in 1965. I'm thinking the Piggly Wiggly strip (old bowling alley/Shelbyville Super Market) on Union Street, which could be considered a shopping center of sorts, may have been; online real estate records show it was built in 1960 and the Mittwede center may date from some point in the 1950s.
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