She was always very careful with her portions, but the food was great and truely homemade. And now for my list of places I didn't see mentioned: And now, as of this week, the rope swing on Gatlin just east of Summerlin where the kids used to swing into the lake. And remember the Art Grindle car commercial where Mr. I used to work for the engineering firm that designed the overpass at I-4 by the new mall and I did most of the drawning for that bridge. It was off Bear Gully Road near Aloma and Howell Branch. Anyone remember the Hardee's in the parking lot of the 8 story building there on Oak Ridge and Lake Ellenor Drive (over by Orlando Central Park)?
The county, I believe, cut the branch off so there's no place to hang another rope. Grindle himself jump up and down inside a convertable saying "I WANT TO SELL YOU A CAR"!!! So if you were to look at the set of plans for that job, you'll find my name on those drawings. Anyone remember seeing "Where The Action Is" teen national tv show at the old downtown auditorium around 1966? There was a big guard house, a HUGE main house and a perfectly round boat house with a castle turret on the lake. I used to work in that building from about 1986 to 1995 on the 6th floor for an engineering firm before the Darden Restaurant's offices took over the building.
Also, a lot of the 'favorite' places listed here were small independent businesses.
And there was a weird dollar theater in Sanford that served the worst Mexican food ever. And there was the 7-11 convenience store near the intersection of Lake Ave and 17-92 by the railroad tracks. But i missed it cause i was too busy playing my Colecovision. Angel's Diner - There was one on Aloma and 436 if I remember correctly. apparently I spent a lot of time on 17-92 Apparently the lack of a true focus confused patrons. Can't remember the name, but I think the ultimate downfall was the hurricane season of 2004. Arnold Paint and wallpaper...across from rockingchair on bumby Art Grindle's car dealership - downtown at Colonial and Orange, later on W Colonial; the huge moving figure of Art in the green plaid jacket and his pointing finger "I WANT TO SELL YOU A CAR!
And there was also a real cool Irish bar around there I used to frequent. I remember bringing in my mom's glass bottles for deposit and using the change for the penny candy and TV 3D glasses for the 3D craze, you know, the FIRST time around. arcade in fashion square mall arcade there was 2 one at 436 and red bug and another location I can't remember I think it was called Starbucks???? " Art Grindles kids went to Trinity Prep with an old roommate of mine. Arthur Treachers (fish & chips)- there was one where the Pancho's is now on 436 near 17-92.
This music store at Mill's and Canton only stocked a few brands of music gear. Another guy Robert Holtum taught lessons there, as well as at Valencia CC. Absolute Sound/Audio Garage - Cool place to hang out and look at all of the new sound equipment we wanted. The Fern Park institution will close soon, according to the Sentinel. The fillets were sort of lightly breaded with, not battered.
They had a very limited of gear, but I did buy my used 1979 Fender Delxue Reverb amp from them for around 0. One of the owner's/employees Ronnie Abney drove a kit car that tried to be a Porsche! Adolph's Aardvark - competition for the Infinite Mushroom Adolph's Aardvark in College Park-little hippie store, got my first black light. Adventure Club upstairs at Townsends Aha - I just caught my mistake. and coming soon Blockbuster and does anybody have an E Ticket.....
In an earlier post I was correcting Mark "Jagbone" C. I want to ride Space Mountain, haha And don't get me started on the missing Backyard Burgers..... And going wayyyyyy back I remember when the Gabriel family used to sell their subs from their home off Edgewater drive (before opening up the restaurant).
also don't think I saw Townsends Fish House and Tavern mentioned. I used to go there every Friday night after eating a delicious cuban dinner around the corner at a place on Orange Avenue. It went as far as cable systems in Tampa and Orlando. I read this all the way through and so many wonderful memories were revived and I learned a great deal about the background of places I hadn't been to but knew of and always wondered what they were!! Americana Racket Club: quite the place to go in late 70's.
Also, does anyone remember the name of the ice cream shop that was in the Seminole Plaza at 436 and 17-92?
My mom worked there for a couple of months in the early 80's and neither of us can remember the name of it. Artie Grindle's Tropic Traveler Vans Artie Grindle's Tropic Traveler.
and Harold and Maud's (coffee shop where I had my first chai - now it's the Globe) And I also miss Mulvaney's Downtown.
KInda strange that UCFs homecoming parade is not downtown anymore. But one place is really in my mind and I hope you or any other "yelpers" can help me.
Conversion van impresario Artie Grindle "wants to sell you a van!