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Victorian Lady Building?

Posted By: Ed Gervais <>
Date: Tuesday, 5 June 2001, at 11:57 p.m.

Which building is this that now bears this name? 


Posted By: Virginia Bradford Darrow <>
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2001, at 9:45 p.m.

In Response To: Victorian Lady Building? (Ed Gervais)

It is probably the building in which the Victorian Lady Restaurant is housed on the northeast corner of Main and Walnut Streets. 


Posted By: shemp
Date: Saturday, 11 August 2001, at 10:07 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Victorian Lady Building? (Virginia Bradford Darrow)

Yes Ms. Darrow you are correct!!. It is the building alright.

I wonder if any of you recall what the place was earlier???

In the 1940s to 50s and early 60s -- it was home to Sam Haddad's Luncheonette, a great place for home cooked American food. Where the bar is now in the VL was once a long counter with stools. The cook was named Louie Haddad who wore a chef's hat (toque) and was just about the top wiseacre in town. You not only got your eggs and bacon with toast, but also a few funny lines to boot!!.

Louis could toss pancakes up in the air out of his griddle pan like nothing we ever saw...and never miss a beat. Sam and Nellie Haddad were the owners, two very nice people. Sometimes idlers and tramps came by the back door and they could always get a bite from the Haddads.

In the 1960s the Surrells took it over ( they used to run the place across from the movie house called Welchs until it burned down in Summer of 1964).

Bert and Ann Surrell were top people. The food was always good. We all liked their upside down cake and Yankee pot roast.

In the Luncheonette in 1950 you could get a ham sandwich, a milk shake and a slice of pie for 70 cents in all.