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Willi Eatings Spots-- Back Then

Posted By: al
Date: Sunday, 4 March 2001, at 9:39 p.m.

how about famous willi places to eat??....

ones i recall easily (brain cells dyin' off):

-- Rays (ray ducharme) at Main & Windham Sts..cheeseburgers, vanilla shakes.

-- Hallocks on Main & North fudge sundaes.

-- Italian Garden on Main, i recall the waiter al shifrin, nice guy. friday nite gillette blue blade fights on their 10 inch b&w tv over bar with 10 cents drafts of Blatz beer.

-- Lindy's on lower main....roast beef sandwiches, pies (custard best)

-- city lunch on main st.....sonny the owner doing piles of hotcakes and sausages...eggs . coffee and toast for 35 cents.

well now ya got McD's where shell chateau once stood, the shell was a monument to classy eating in willi long ago.

al -- 


Posted By: William Brainard <>
Date: Monday, 5 March 2001, at 9:42 a.m.

In Response To: Willi Eatings Spots-- Back Then (al)

Clark House *was* the place for special occasions. I performed a wedding there on Christmas Eve about 15 years ago. The old Iron Horse at the Nathan Hale Hotel was something special too. And while it wasn't in Willimantic, Cavey's Log Cabin in Lebanon. I remember my parents went there for their 25th wedding anniversary. 


Posted By: RD <>
Date: Monday, 5 March 2001, at 2:28 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi Eatings Spots-- Back Then (William Brainard)

The Nathan Hale did have a great restaurant in it. I remember my parents like to go there on a Friday or Saturday night for their specials. Friday's they had a seafood buffet--all you can eat ($4.95)including lobster; on Saturday nights they had a steamship roast beef buffet. Raymond's was a teenage place to go on Friday/Sat night after a movie. The other good and fun places to eat and have a good time was at the local clubs like the Elks. The Elks always had a big dinner dance for St Patrick's day. Many of the other clubs like the French club, etc had similar functions. The one place I remember that was #1 for seafood was Honisis (sp?) in Hartford. It was located in the basement of a building and all the waiters were in their 60's never wrote an order down and always brought you what you ordered. I remember one lunch time I ordered a bowl of clam chowder and a sandwich. The waiter said I couldn't have both--a bowl was too big--have a cup with a sandwich or just a bowl. 


Posted By: William Brainard <>
Date: Monday, 5 March 2001, at 3:23 p.m.

In Response To: Re: Willi Eatings Spots-- Back Then (RD)

Honiss in Hartford was great; I think it closed ca. 1984. My parents would go there before the Friday night Bushnell travelogues. Anyone remember the Marble Pillar in Hartford?

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