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Michael Hoffman

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The Place Fri, 01/28/11 2:35 PM (permalink)
The photo on the home page today (Jan. 28, 2011) of The Place is terribly disappointing to me. Back in the '50s and '60s, when it was Whitey's Roast Clams they'd just build a fire, put a grate across the top and roast clams on the grate. Except for ears of corn tossed in a pot over the fire, that was it. You sat on stumps using taller stumps for your tables and ate roasted clams and corn on the cob. It's sad to see it looking like a commercial kitchen, except for it being outside.
 
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    Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle

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    Re:The Place Fri, 01/28/11 2:46 PM (permalink)
    I think those photos are from one of Jane and Michael's first visits to The Place, back around 1978.  33 years ago!
     
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      the ancient mariner

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      Re:The Place Sat, 01/29/11 9:04 AM (permalink)
      When I saw the front page yesterday I looked for your review Michael.
      I knew that it would be here sooner or later.  Things change over the years----great places disappear or are up dated---but never made better.  You can not improve on something that is great all ready. 
       
      Whitey's reminds me of the shack where I learned to love scallops out on the North Fork of Long Island. 
       
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        Michael Stern

        Re:The Place Sat, 01/29/11 11:09 AM (permalink)
        Bruce, you're right. Jane and I started going to The Place in the mid 1970s, shortly after the Knowles brothers bought it from Harold "Whitey" Miller. That's about when those slides were taken. The clue is the prices on the tree: a lobster for $4.95, a can of soda for 30 cents! I took a bunch of pictures when we wrote about it for Gourmet Magazine about 10 years ago, then some more two summers back, but I like the ancient photos best.
         
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          ann peeples

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          Re:The Place Sat, 01/29/11 11:16 AM (permalink)
          I enjoy the old pics, Mr.Stern. I noticed the prices right away, and for just a moment, thought I had found food and price heaven!
           
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            chewingthefat

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            Re:The Place Sat, 01/29/11 11:25 AM (permalink)
            Michael Hoffman


            The photo on the home page today (Jan. 28, 2011) of The Place is terribly disappointing to me. Back in the '50s and '60s, when it was Whitey's Roast Clams they'd just build a fire, put a grate across the top and roast clams on the grate. Except for ears of corn tossed in a pot over the fire, that was it. You sat on stumps using taller stumps for your tables and ate roasted clams and corn on the cob. It's sad to see it looking like a commercial kitchen, except for it being outside.

            Something wrong here Michael, Clams wern't invented until 1973, corn in 1976!

             
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