Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies

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2013/09/11 05:40:11 (permalink)

Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies

i just saw a Displaced Diner on TV in recent nights. The Elwood Bar and Grill of downtown Detroit showed up in Philadelphia, at least per "Cold Case" episode "Perfect Day." i recognized it right away.
i used to go by twice a day 5 days a week at its original location (Elizabeth and Woodward, hence its name "Elwood"). it was relocated due to ballpark construction.
in the 1980's i saw it on an episode on the short-lived remake of "The Untouchables" only this time in Chicago. it was harder to identify so i had a "lifer" friend and his "lifer" wife view it with me, and they agreed that it sure looked like the Elwood. there was a reddish sliver in the background which we believe was the edge of the now-gone old YMCA, a brick hotel highrise.
i called the local TV station to ask about any filming being done, and they did not know of any.
i wrote the show and found out, like i by now suspected, that it was "Stock footage" - they had a different name for the concept - and had no idea what the place was or where it was located, but appreciated me pointing it out to them.
anybody else know of any "traveling" eateries like that?
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    Treetop Tom
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/11 10:02:50 (permalink)
    Not exactly a displaced restaurant, but when my wife and I were in the theater watching the Barry Levinson movie "Tin Men" there is a scene where Danny DeVito and Richard Dreyfuss have a confrontation in a bar - as they are escorted out, the scene shifts to the exterior of the bar with a drive-in movie playing in the background.  It took us and the rest of the audience a minute to realize that the exterior of the "bar" was actually the Westview Cinema with the Edmondson Drive-In in the background - the same theater we were sitting in watching the movie!  Kind of a surreal feeling.
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/11 11:26:39 (permalink)
    In The Natural (another of Barry Levinson's) the scene set in a "fancy New Your supper club" where Robert Redford produced silver from Kim Basinger's hair to thwart Darren McGavin's bet was actually filmed in a salon on board The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/11 20:02:23 (permalink)
    The only one that springs to mind is Tommy's Joynt in SF. It was in a Clint Eastwood movie (the one with the Gun's n' Roses soundtrack) as an up scale restaurant. LOL. Anyone who's ever eaten at Tommy's knows it's not upscale.
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/16 04:36:10 (permalink)
    A somewhat different spin to a famous "displaced" Diner that appeared on television.

    Silver Dollar Diner in Little Ferry NJ became Rosie's Diner after Rosie the Waitress started cleaning up spills in Bounty paper towel commercials.

    Location was never discussed during the commercials...but a great deal of those spillers didn't sound like they were from NJ. Maybe they were early to the party Roadfood people.

    In the early 90s Rosie's Diner was sold...sawed in half (the pain the pain) & found a new home in Rockford MI.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2013/09/16 04:56:56
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/16 13:34:06 (permalink)
    CCinNJ

    A somewhat different spin to a famous "displaced" Diner that appeared on television.

    Silver Dollar Diner in Little Ferry NJ became Rosie's Diner after Rosie the Waitress started cleaning up spills in Bounty paper towel commercials.

    Location was never discussed during the commercials...but a great deal of those spillers didn't sound like they were from NJ. Maybe they were early to the party Roadfood people.

    In the early 90s Rosie's Diner was sold...sawed in half (the pain the pain) & found a new home in Rockford MI.

    Where it unfortunately closed last year. They had great food, and the novelty couldn't be beat...but they were literally in the middle of nowhere. The address was Rockford, but it was so far from the actual city of Rockford on the side of a highway leading to nowhere except farmland that they did hardly any business. It's not often people around here make a diner a destination when there are so many others conveniently located, no matter how novel it is. 
     
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    I just looked it up...apparently it was sold and moved to Aurora, CO. Maybe they'll do better there? 
    post edited by felix4067 - 2013/09/16 13:35:46
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/16 18:09:37 (permalink)
    Upscale or not, they have delicious food!
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/27 13:37:48 (permalink)
    the owners don't seem to like to talk about this any more, but when the displaced Jersey diner opened in Michigan, it was opened as an art gallery. i remember an article in the Grand Rapids Press where the owner vented some frustration at people coming in  expecting food and turning around and leaving. they eventually yielded to the market and set up one diner for food and another one for the art. as a diner for for food they actually made it into a book on Jersey diners. Too bad that they didn't make it, but Michigan took a hammering in recent years and they may have been a casualty as such. people out of work don't have the money to eat out.
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/28 10:52:26 (permalink)
    Another "displaced Diner"...last stop Wyoming.

    Moondance Diner was often featured in television & movies. Most of the time the landscape was supposed to be NYC...but It was on an episode of Miami Vice.

    http://afinecompany.blogs...-strange-trip.html?m=1
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    Re:Displaced restaurants on TV and in the Movies 2013/09/28 15:10:26 (permalink)
    southjerseymichigan

    the owners don't seem to like to talk about this any more, but when the displaced Jersey diner opened in Michigan, it was opened as an art gallery. i remember an article in the Grand Rapids Press where the owner vented some frustration at people coming in  expecting food and turning around and leaving. they eventually yielded to the market and set up one diner for food and another one for the art. as a diner for for food they actually made it into a book on Jersey diners. Too bad that they didn't make it, but Michigan took a hammering in recent years and they may have been a casualty as such. people out of work don't have the money to eat out.

    Maybe, but while Michigan as a whole has suffered, Rockford is still amazingly affluent. It was more a factor of them being in the middle of nowhere that did them in here. I remember that article, too...and I remember thinking, well duh. You opened a DINER. How odd that people expected a DINER to serve FOOD as opposed to ART. Maybe it's just me.
    post edited by felix4067 - 2013/09/28 15:11:36
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