RE: Long Gone Regional Chains
Thu, 09/30/04 11:46 AM
I had wondered about Pasquale's.
There were two in Jackson at one time.
One was on Ellis Avenue - I think in a strip mall.
The other was in the Northview Shopping Center (near Meadowbrook). There was a Mexican restaurant next door, and I am nearly sure that the two restaurants had the same ownership. The Pasquale's went out of business a number of years before the Mexican restaurant did. After the Mexican restaurant went out of business (I cannot recall the name of the restaurant, but it was the first place that I ever had tacos.), a shoe store opened. There is still something located there now: it may be another show store, but I am not sure.
As I stated before, Jackson was never a big McDonald's town. There was only one (on Highway 80 West) before 1970 or so. The second one probably was the one across the street from the Jackson Mall (Livingston Road). An interesting story about that is one that I have heard told by "Uncle Walt," who was a disc jockey on WRBC (1300 AM). He was hired to take the records out to the new McDonald's for a live remote broadcast. He was playing the records until he noticed that they were all melting in the sun.
(WRBC was the AM rock station. Its sister station at the time was WJMI-FM - 99.7. WJMI was probably the first station around here to employ female disc-jockeys, and it is where Bob Pittman got his radio start. Later, he began MTV and was chairperson of the board for Time-Warner.)
The original McDonald's on Highway 80 later burned. (That was about 12 years ago, I'd say.) A Rally's is located there now.
We also never had a Denny's until maybe ten years ago. The old Green Derby restaurant on the corner of Ellis Avenue and Highway 80 was torn down in order to build the Denny's. I never went there, although I wanted to, for many years. A newspaper reporter wrote an article about how crowded it would be each day for lunch and that there were regulars who loved it. So, about two years ago, after I had taught a voting training session for polling managers in Hinds County, a group of us went there to eat. Several months later, we were shocked to see that the Denny's had gone out of business.
There was a Jack's Hamburgers on Ellis Avenue back in the middle 1960s. (I believe that it was where there is presently a Church's Chicken, but it may have been down the street.) Later, in the 1980s, Jack's returned and had a restaurant on Woodrow Wilson Boulevard - near Jackson Mall.
That went out of business, and, for a time, Sonic opened there. However, this was not the traditional Sonic drive-in. The menu was exactly the same, but customers came inside the building for table service. Just as some other restaurants which have been previously mentioned did (and the Pig Stand Restaurant did when it was in the Medical Arts Building on North State Street), there were telephones at each table for the orders to be given. I can't remember how the customers knew that the order was ready. I guess that maybe they brought the food to the tables just as they would to a car.
After the Sonic closed, the building became a pawn shop (which it still is!).
There was a Chuck Wagon stand on Highway 51 south where the Bumpers is today. I think that there may have also been a Chuck Wagon stand on Highway 49 South too, but I seldom went that way.
It was around 1976 or 1977 when this area first got its first Sonics. The first one was probably the one on Highway 51 South. They had many of them, and many of them were in the small towns such as Hazlehurst and Crystal Springs. But, around 1986 or so, many of them changed their names to Bumpers. The one on Highway 51 and the ones in Hazlehurst and Clinton both did, but the one in Crystal Springs remains a Sonic - and there have been a lot of new Sonics built since that time.
I think that most of the Bumpers are owned by Southern Asians.
All of the Dog'n'Suds here had closed except for about two. Mr. Fred Hudgins bought them (He was already operating them) and changed the names to Hudgey's. There were two or three in Jackson, one in Clinton, one in Brookhaven, and one in McComb. Mr. Hudgins died about four weeks ago - with only the one in Jackson remaining open. The ones in Brookhaven and McComb have been operated by his brother for many years; they are still open, but I am not sure who owns or operates them.
There was a great Frosty Rootbeer stand and restaurant on Ellis Avenue, but it closed when I was around six years old or so.
We have had a What-a-Burger on High Street for about a year-and-a-half. They taste like Sonic hamburgers to me, but the onion rings were not nearly as good as the Sonic's! (Sonic and Bumpers have mostly the same recipes and dishes.)
Shoney's had two restaurants here. Both had traditional dining rooms and drive-in speaker windows. The drive-in aspect of it ended around 1975. The two locations were at Westland Plaze (on Ellis Avenue) and at Highland Village (on the Interstate 55 Frontage Road East). Both locations have since closed.
There were also a Taylor Burgers near where the Pasquales and the Mexican restaurant were.
Roy Rogers was in that neighborhood for a very brief period (too brief because we liked the Roy Rogers food). A Chinese restaurant opened in the location after Roy Rogers left, and it remained in that location for MANY years. I think, though, that it has moved elsewhere now.
Jimmy Dean's restaurant was on Highway 51 near the Redwood Inn and Angelo's restaurants were located. Smiley's Barbecue was most recently in the building, but it has now moved to McDowell Road.
Here are where the Krystal restaurants were when I was growing up:
Highway 51 - across from Mart 51
North State Street - just north of the Meadowbrook Road intersection
Downtown on the corner of Capitol and Congress Streets
The ones on Highway 51 and on Meadowbrook are still in business, but the one downtown closed in the 1980s. The building is still there, and it has been a cafe and a bakery.
Around 1967, a new Krystal was built on Ellis Avenue south of Westland Plaza shopping center. It too remains open.
When the MetroCenter mall opened around 1978, there was a new Krystal. One had also been built around Deville Shopping Center several years earlier.
People from South Mississippi seemed unfamiliar with Krystals when I was growing up. I think that they started building them there around 1974 or so.
We also had the Seal-Lily Ice Cream Shop, and it had curb service, I beleive. There was also one in Hattiesburg located at a shopping center.
The ice cream parlor that I remember going to in the 1960s is the Dipper Dan's. It was on West Capitol Street near the zoo.
In the early 1970s, there were two new ones called Medley's Old-Fashioned Ice Cream. I think that there was a dairy called Mosley's or Mosby's that owned them. One was at Maywood Mart Shopping Center, and the other one was on Lynch Street behind the Cotton Bowl Bowling Alley. The funny looking building on Lynch Street (It was supposed to look like an ice cream churn) is still standing - a furniture store, perhaps.
I do not recall that Sears here (on North State Street - where the Eudora Welty Memorial Library is today - same building) had an snack shop or restaurant. It may have, though. I do know that they did sell the candies.
There is an old building downtown that was once Kennington's Department Store. Later, Kennington's was bought by McRae's. The mezzanine of the building housed Otis's Barbeque for a while. Otis's started over on Pearl Street near the railroad tracks.
When McRae's opened stores at the MetroCenter mall and the Northpark Mall in Madison County, there were two restaurants called Widow Watson's. Both have since closed.
D. H. Holmes finally came into Jackson when the MetroCenter mall opened. It had the Potpouri Restaurant. Both Widow Watsons and the Potpouri were extremely popular and considered upscale in the late 1970s and the 1980s. When D. H. Holmes was purchased by Dillards, that company closed the Potpouri Resturant. They did run a small deli-type buisness at the Northpark location at one time, but that did not remain there for very long.
I am told that H. L. Green's was the great lunch counter on Capitol Street. My mother and my sister loved it, but I do not remember the store all that well - and my mother (who turned 90 on September 25) says that the store had gone down by the time that I was born.
The two Woolworths in Jackson (Capitol Street and Westland Plaza) did have lunch counters, and the ones in Hattiesburg and Brookhaven did also.
The one on Capital Street was torn down around 1978. The one at Westland Plaza was closed around 1990. The lunch counter had closed about two years before that.