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Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by buckeyegator, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. anstro76

    anstro76 GC Hall of Fame

    Feb 14, 2008
    Oh boy Cafe Gardens. Besides the Game we hunted when I was a kid, it was the first time I had anything "wild". The Cafe Gardens buffalo meat burger.
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  2. lacuna

    lacuna The Conscience of Too Hot VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    It closed almost 8 years ago. Sad day.
    Link: After 34 years, Cafe Gardens shuts its doors
    By Julie Unger / Correspondent
    Posted May 1, 2010

    After 34 years, Cafe Gardens shuts its doors

    When the doors close Sunday night, it will mark the end of an era for Cafe Gardens. When McKinney was asked the reason for closing, he said to refer to his e-mail correspondence. “In this economy, with our business plan my projections indicate that we would be unable to keep pace with the rising expenses in this location,” he wrote.

    Serving the Gainesville and University of Florida community since 1976, Cafe Gardens has been an enduring icon in a town where businesses come and go as frequently as the student population.

    It all started in 1975 when a couple of recent college graduates, Mike Leet and Wade Blaker, made the trip from Georgia to Gainesville with a dream to open a beer and burger joint in a college town. They asked Steve McKinney to be their chief executive adviser, and by April 1, 1976, they were ready to open for business.

    After changing hands in 1979, Cafe Gardens and McKinney reunited in 1983 and have been together since. The restaurants 34th anniversary was celebrated April 1. Just a month and a day later, the doors will close for good.
    The decision to close was not an easy one for McKinney, who announced the news to his staff on March 29.
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  3. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    It was a really sad day at our house,
    started going to CG in the 80's when I lived just up 17th at 7th ave. Ate their twice a week most of the time, would hold my staff meeting their when I had interns working on political campaigns, they loved the place. A story about how Steve operated, he took the potato wedges off the menu at some point, I asked the waitstaff what was up with that, they said Steve was in the back I asked if he could come out, he sat down at our table and explained the wedges were just to costly in staff time and potato costs had gone up, we talked for a while until I told him he should just increase the price, he laughed and said he would consider it, later that week the wedges were back on the menu at an increased price. Damn they were good :)
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  4. PetrolGator

    PetrolGator Premium Member

    Dec 8, 2008
    New Orleans
    I just found out Stubbies closed. Heartbroken. That place taught me not to drink pisswater.
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  5. fatclyde

    fatclyde Recruit

    Jun 1, 2018
    Gatorland, on 13th St.
    Roaring Twenties, again, 13th St.
    Gay Ninties, (non gay beer hall, before gay was spoken) on W. Univ. (free p-nuts!)
    The first Ratskeller was in the Union, then to Anderson Hall, the old Main Cafeteria.
    Royal Castle, then the Key Lime (or somesuch), now Leonardo's. on W. Univ.
    Alan's Cubana
    Shelley's Pizza
    Mac's Waffle Shoppe, all night diner, W. univ Ave.
    Fenelli and Edwards, grocery, across from current law school, then became Wilbert's
    The original In & Out drive thru eatery, on South side of street.
    Y.T Parker's Bar-B-Que, somewhere on 5th Ave, near Mom's Kitchen.
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  6. ArtVandelay

    ArtVandelay GC Hall of Fame

    Dec 19, 2011
    South Florida
    Gator Meisters downtown
  7. shelbygt350

    shelbygt350 GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 3, 2007
    Teds Bar
    Gold Coast for cheap grub on Sunday
  8. gatrpe

    gatrpe Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Lake Mary, Florida
    Loved the Gold Coast. Not many coeds went there until the late 60’s.
  9. fortmyersgator

    fortmyersgator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Pablo's Tunnell.
  10. rivergator

    rivergator Too Hot Mod Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    I was living in the ghetto when it opened. It was a big deal.
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  11. AlfaGator

    AlfaGator GC Hall of Fame

    Aug 31, 2007
    Lived in the city limits of "Squalor Hollow" myself at the time.:)
  12. rivergator

    rivergator Too Hot Mod Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    the place I lived is still there, not replaced by the new apartments ... yet.
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  13. AlfaGator

    AlfaGator GC Hall of Fame

    Aug 31, 2007
    The place i lived is still there too. I paid 65 bucks a month of a little room and a bathroom shared down the hall. That house is now the Krishna Temple. I think it was the corner of 14th st and 3rd ave.
  14. rivergator

    rivergator Too Hot Mod Moderator VIP Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    Actually, I lived in a place on 14th St that is long gone, replaced by newer and nicer. But the place I lived last on 2nd Ave is still there. Half the duplex to myself. Living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and another little back room. Landlord apologized when he raised the rent from $35 to $50.
    When the roof leaked, we felt bad about even calling him. So I bought roll roofing and nailed it on top of the old shingles myself.
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  15. mulegator

    mulegator Neanderthal Ninja Vigilante Moderator VIP Member

    Jun 25, 2007
    I miss my old radio station WGVL.
    For a while there in the seventies it was a GREAT radio station.
    Got to meet and/or hang out and party with some great musicians during that period.
    Worked with some great people .. and a few jerks.
    The owner was a selfish asshole who never paid us anything but still .. had some great times.
    Worked there four years including a stint as program director.
    Quick story .. we used to put on a long cut and smoke a doobie.
    Threw the seeds out front in the flower bed.
    One day we counted 72 little plants popping up .. till Aunt Gertie weeded the garden.
    We Get Very Loaded - that moniker was my contribution to the history of the place. :cool:
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  16. buckeyegator

    buckeyegator Premium Member

    Oct 29, 2007
    gainesville, florida
    macs waffle shop on sundays, seated about 10 people.
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  17. gnvgator

    gnvgator GC Hall of Fame

    Apr 14, 2007

    Love watching the cooks cigarette ash grow until it became the spice in the grill:)
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  18. gatorjjh

    gatorjjh A Gator with a Glass half full attitude VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Irvine, Fl
    about 2 am it could have been the prototype for the bar in Star Wars :)
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  19. fastsix

    fastsix Premium Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    I lived right here.

    I also lived in an apartment across the street from there, and a house a block east.

    Edit: live to lived - I haven't lived in Gainesville in a long time.
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  20. g8orbill

    g8orbill Old Gator VIP Member

    Apr 3, 2007
    Clermont, Fl
    I lived here- the name has changed back then it was called Lions Apartments