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Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by Skink, Jun 24, 2020.

  1. SwampKing1

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    Have they started to "bull doze" the area east of the Swamp yet????
     
  2. rustygator79

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    I took a day trip in January specifically to go to Salty dog because I had heard rumors of that building being changed into a dispensary. God I hope it doesn't.
     
  3. MyakkaGator

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    I believe so.. It's been awhile since I've been up there..
     
  4. spike718

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    Coincidentally, I’ve tossed about an idea to a restaurant friend of mine about attempting to open a restaurant in Gainesville based on the nostalgia of the restaurants that closed down, including getting the permission and recipe for the original skeeters big biscuits. Decorate the place with memorabilia from places like skeeters, joes deli, burrito brothers, cj’s, ashelys pub, Danny’s, etc. if it was a great place that closed - pay homage to it with the interior and or with menu items.

    I figure business would be good during football season. Not sure about after football season but if the food and vibe is good should do well.

    wasn’t a fan of any of the names we came up with..a great name would be a big help. Probably never gets done and not a good time with this pandemic but in a few years I’ll have a lot more free time so maybe.

    anyone wants to toss a few names my way feel free.
     
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  5. SilverG

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    Please add Louis's Lunch burgers!
     
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  6. davidpwrmc

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    That corner area where the Swamp restaurant has been located was originally known as the Renaissance Fair. At least, I know that it had that name in the 1970-1974 timeframe.

    In looking around online, I found an old 1982 newspaper archive for The Independent Florida Alligator which had a reference to Renaissance Fair, so that name stuck at least till that year. When the name was finally dropped I have no idea.

    A little to the east of that area was a small shopping area that had Alan’s Cubana at the back end. Right across the street from Alan’s was the Gator Groomer coin laundry.

    I imagine most all of those are gone now.

    I have only faint recollections of the Renaissance Fair area. I do recall a large old house that was converted to house a number of shops. There was a bicycle repair shop....there might have also been a head shop there too.

    A long time ago in a galaxy not too far away.

    - David (wish I’d taken some pics back then) PwrMc
     
  7. BA69MA72

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    As of now the bike shop is still there. Just to the west was Cafe Gardens—patio seating, beer and sandwiches, etc. Popular with faculty, staff and grad students. My former neighbor owned it, but got worn out
     
  8. paidinfull

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    Doubt you'd get permission for anything with skeeters being that the family still operates a business and supposedly sells the same food.

    Neat idea though. I'll eat there if you figure it out.
     
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  9. paidinfull

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    Just put some bread balls in your meat and cook it on a dirty ass flat top, lol. My Dad loved that place. Shame what happened to Mr. Pennisi's son there.

    I prefer Mac's. I also liked the old in n out.
     
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  10. Skink

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    That little bicycle shop
    buried in there. I remember their radio ads promoting “hand applied lube jobs”
     
  11. twodaparty

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    Waaat?! No more Balls?!??
     
  12. SilverG

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    Louis Lunch was the first burger place in town, 1928, when hamburgers were a new thing! Louis lived to 106......they must be OK.
     
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  13. Crusher

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    Don't think so. The last time I drove by, I didn't see the sign, so I think they must be gone too.
     
  14. murphree_hall

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    Had some great memories there, and that building was awesome. Sad to see it go. The Caribbean Students Association used to rent it out and throw some crazy dancehall reggae parties there. Good times.
     
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  15. rustygator79

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    I might be wrong but when i visited in January, Balls was still there.
     
  16. FusionGator

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    Cool history.
    But burgers?
    O - Ver- Ray - ted!!
     
  17. INGATORSWETRUST

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    Ralph’s Burgers in Gainesville was a hidden gem with Burgers, Tater Tots and Shakes. Little place near the Hospital. Best I ever had. Was around in the mid 80s time period.