long gone gainesville institutions

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  1. fastsix

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    MFP! Didn't expect to see that one here.

    First bar that ever let me in. I didn't even begin to look 21. My ID was ridiculous. And it only worked about 3/4 of the time. Still was a lot of fun. I can't say with certainty that I met my wife there, but i def. spent time with here there.

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    Visage was a club in Orlando, also known under the cooler name "Faith in Physics"
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    What do you mean by the "old" Union? The Orange and Brew was in the place that is still the current Reitz Student Union.
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    I guess its the old union to me, from the late 1970s, not what it has become today.
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    The old union is Dauer Hall next to Murphree area dorms. It was the original union.
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  5. Crusher

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    Oh, its definitely changed. Its nothing like it was even in 1987 when I finished up graduate school.
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    It is very difficult for nonchain restaurants to sustain themselves over a long period of time
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    I grew up in Dania and it was a big deal when the Jai-Alai Fronton opened there. My folks would take my brother and me on family nights. We were amazed at the speed of the game. When my grandfather would come visit we'd slip him a couple of bucks to bet for us. Good memories.
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    Ah, Mr. Bill... For non-chain restaurants to survive, if I was consulting them, the question I would ask the owner (s): " Do you have enough money to keep this place running for a full year...WITHOUT taking a DIME from your cash made at the register FOR A FULL YEAR?

    If they could do that, and had good food and drink in a good atmosphere, that restaurant would probably make it

    In New Smyrna Beach, on beachside, they won't allow ANY chain restaurants, but they have roughly 60 or more successful and varied places... a couple of which have gotten plugs from a couple of shows on Food Network
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    Lum’s restaurant. Two kinds of beer. Cheap Ballantine or expensive Lowenbrau.
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    I remember that bar was it called Crickets or something like that?
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    Chelsea Street Pub (thanks to Kirby)
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    Loved that place, pretty good food & drink at a fair price even for a struggling student :)
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    You could tell what a guy thought of his date by which brand of beer he ordered.
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    Pablo's Tunnell
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    The newer Hogan's (34th) is now closed. That was my go-to place every visit. Was shocked when we walked up and it was gone. Looks like the 13th location is still open.
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    There was a restaurant at the Oaks Mall that printed bygo coupons for dinners an d let you use them on a drink special night in the 80s. Crickets?
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    Any of my fellow locals know of exceptional BBQ in G'ville? I was spoiled in Orlando with Bubbalou's, Reds,that place on 436 in east Altamonte and of course Jack's in Minneola. Last trips to David's and Adam's were somewhat average at best.
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    Does anyone remember Cafe Gardens? I recall it was right across from the post office. Good burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups.

    I think the name eventually changed.
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    I really miss TJ's for 80's night. Even after we graduated that would be our go-to Friday night spot.
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    Cafe Gardens was my favorite spot for a burger or chicken sandwich, their potato wedges were out of this world. I went their for years, knew the owner Steve, he closed CG because the rent increases made it impossible to stay open and provide the food he had been serving at a reasonable price. I tried the first couple of places that took over the space but none were anywhere even close in food quality, service or price. Really miss the place :mad:
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