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york steak house - Thu, 11/4/04 1:21 PM
just found this very nice web site.

was curious about york steak house.

i know there is one in columbus ohio still.

i worked there from 1979 to 1981. it was owned by general mills. i believe the last general mills ysh closed around 1989 or so.

any information, old training manuals, decor, name and or address of principals are needed and would be appreciated.

mostly, tho, any good stories and memories from anyone's time there.



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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/4/04 1:53 PM
When my family was young we went to the one at the Auburn Mall in Auburn, Ma. They have been closed for years. Sorry, but that is all I have.......

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/4/04 1:56 PM
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When my family was young we went to the one at the Auburn Mall in Auburn, Ma. They have been closed for years. Sorry, but that is all I have.......


i am familiar with that one, knew all the managers, i worked at the one in chicopee and also the holyoke mall one.


thank you very much for your reply.

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/4/04 3:11 PM
recpools...
I don't remember one at the Holyoke Mall (i'm a former Wastefield resident).

We used to frequent one in Manassas, VA. My family loved it. Their fries kicked butt. I know they were decorated with kind of a King Arthur motif. I was very little, so it's hard to remember. It was a step up from Bonanza, but a step down from Black Angus.

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/4/04 3:25 PM
I LOVED york steak house. There was one in the trumbull mall. the fish with almonds and the pudding or strawberries for dessert. all self serve with those trays.
memories.

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/4/04 4:55 PM
I still go to the one in Columbus from time to time. It's not bad. You're not going to get a prime steak there, but for the money you can eat pretty well. My wife likes the sirloin tips and I usually either get a t-bone or they actually have really good hamburgers. The set up is probably exactly like it was when the place first opened. Grab a tray, order your entree. Get your dessert, soup, drinks, and salad bar plate from the line. Find a seat, make your salad bar trip and they bring your food out to you. I feel like I'm back in the 70s every time we go in there.

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/4/04 7:19 PM
I was about 10 or 11 when the York in Dartmouth, MA opened. We went a few times, and since going out to eat at that time in our family meant (almost exclusively) McDonald's or something along those lines, I thought York was the Ritz. I thought it was the coolest thing; you wait in a seemingly endless line in a hallway similar to the queue area of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, then eventually come to the service area. Grab a tray and utensils and napkins, then give your order to the employee standing right around the corner. He or she gives you a little plastic sign that indicates what you ordered (different numbers for each entree, I think different colors for degree of doneness). I always got the "chopped sirloin," which I know is a glorified hamburger, but I loved it just the same. Make your way through the line picking up dessert, salad and drinks along the way, and by the time you make it to the end of the line, your dinner is ready and waiting for you to pick up. You then pay the cashier at the end and go find your seat.

Years later, after the novelty wore off, they changed it to an all-you-can-eat buffet, but as I recall, the quality of the food was horrible and that didn't last long before they closed.

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RE: york steak house - Fri, 11/5/04 6:26 PM
jvsmom, I remember it the same way...to my middle-income family, it was CLASSY.

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 11/9/04 3:50 PM
Burlington Mall-always had great sauteed onions

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/11/04 5:45 PM
There was a York in the CherryVale Mall (Cherry Valley IL) for a number of years during the '70s. I'd often save up my allowance and go there for lunch during the summer and every so often we'd go there as a family. I remember that when I ordered a rare steak I would get a RARE steak!

Brad O.

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/11/04 6:13 PM
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Burlington Mall-always had great sauteed onions


THAT'S RIGHT! I forgot about the sauteed onions.

I always got a dessert that was a strawberry-cream parfait thing that to me at the time was the most elegant thing on the planet.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 12/6/04 11:35 AM
Hello everyone out there again.

Would anyone out there have any old YSH memorabilia?

We are looking for including but not limited to: uniforms (managers jackets, ties, name tags, hostess aprons,
etc.), menu signs, meal tags, training manuals, equipment, contracts, names and addresses of former
executives and/or employees. We own the domain name yorksteakhouse.com and our firm is going to
develop the site. Any help would be appreciated finding items such as these.

As always, we are always interested in both employees and customers experiences from YSH!

Sincerely,

Bob

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 12/6/04 12:46 PM
quote:
Originally posted by recpools

just found this very nice web site.

was curious about york steak house.

i know there is one in columbus ohio still.

i worked there from 1979 to 1981. it was owned by general mills. i believe the last general mills ysh closed around 1989 or so.

any information, old training manuals, decor, name and or address of principals are needed and would be appreciated.

mostly, tho, any good stories and memories from anyone's time there.




I remember going to a York Steak House once in the Eastland Mall in Columbus. It was many years ago, and all I remember is that I didn;t care for the place. I've seen a York Steak House on the West Side, across Broad Street from Westland.

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RE: york steak house - Sun, 12/12/04 9:50 AM
There was a York Steak House in the Fayette Mall in Lexington, KY. It's long gone but we used to hang out at the Mall as teenagers and would always go to York and have their huge burgers covered with sauteed onions and we'd drench them with steak sauce. There's a big food court in that Mall now, but nothing they have compares to York.

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RE: york steak house - Sun, 12/12/04 9:58 AM
I vaguely remember several in MA but I never ate at one....Route 1 in Dedham.....Danvers across From Liberty Tree Mall (now New Asia) and in the old Natick Mall.

It sounds like they were a "Ponderosa" or "Bonanza" type restaurant.

Does anyone remember "Rustler"....another similar type chain?

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RE: york steak house - Wed, 12/22/04 11:35 AM
I loved York Steak House. I used to go to the one at Rosedale Mall
in Roseville, Mn. I remember paying the extra quarter for the
grilled mushrooms. No one eats anymore. It's all yuppie Starbucks
and scones.

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RE: york steak house - Sun, 01/2/05 9:29 PM
hey guys i worked at york steak house in west farms mall 1976-1985,i was known as yogi.What a place we served over 300 customers an hour on fri and sat.we had contests with the yord steak houses in mass.I have so many stories,were else could you get a steak dinner for under 4bucks,does any one remember tresenyou,beonqui,so many baked potatoes,i remember so may things,i just ran into someone today i worked with in 1981.does anyone remember jeff grayson or his father,i shure do,i would like to hear from any x york steak house employees.i still have some of my cooking tongs.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/3/05 12:18 AM
Could you former York Steak House guys possibly fill us in on what the "lingo" was back at the grill,always sounded foreign-language to me.What was all the hollering about?

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/3/05 1:11 PM
i remember jeff grayson. how about alan crudale, ray degrange.... you remember dave swalick, he used to be the gm at west farms?????.


grayson is a franchise owner of pizza uno in orlando, i believe.


tres senyon was medium rare, senyone was medium, beonquite was well done. i know i am not spelling these right but they were french words. supplemont was subistitute fries for baker or vice versa.


yogi, were you a broiler chef, seems to me i remember your name.


also, remember chuck holmes???

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/3/05 1:12 PM
i remember jeff grayson. how about alan crudale, ray degrange.... you remember dave swalick, he used to be the gm at west farms?????.


grayson is a franchise owner of pizza uno in orlando, i believe.


tres senyon was medium rare, senyone was medium, beonquite was well done. i know i am not spelling these right but they were french words. supplemont was subistitute fries for baker or vice versa.


yogi, were you a broiler chef, seems to me i remember your name.


also, remember chuck holmes???

quote:
Originally posted by yogi bear

hey guys i worked at york steak house in west farms mall 1976-1985,i was known as yogi.What a place we served over 300 customers an hour on fri and sat.we had contests with the yord steak houses in mass.I have so many stories,were else could you get a steak dinner for under 4bucks,does any one remember tresenyou,beonqui,so many baked potatoes,i remember so may things,i just ran into someone today i worked with in 1981.does anyone remember jeff grayson or his father,i shure do,i would like to hear from any x york steak house employees.i still have some of my cooking tongs.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/3/05 1:23 PM



more info about jeff grayson.......Jeff Grayson, owner of the Pizzeria Uno at Lake Buena Vista

As many as 1,000 Florida restaurants are closed and some may never reopen as a result of hurricane damage, according to the president of the Florida Restaurant Association.

That's left as many as 10,000 employees out-of-work.

Carol Dover said an exact accounting is almost impossible even several weeks after Hurricane Jeanne's departure. It is not known how may of those restaurants are in the Central Florida area.

Many restaurants don't have telephones or fax machines working.

"There are hundreds of restaurants we haven't been able to contact," Dover said.

The estimate of 500 to 1,000 closures is based on conversations with food vendors and other industry professionals, Dover said.

After Hurricane Ivan, the trade association contacted about 600 restaurants across the state and more than 90 percent of them had been affected in some degree, she said.

"Millions of dollars of spoiled food has been thrown away," Dover said. "Again, it's impossible to quantify, but it's there. No question, some will not reopen."

She said Jubilee's, a well-known restaurant at Pensacola Beach, was almost destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. The owner said Hurricane Opal in 1995 did more than $1 million in damage but that Ivan was worse, Dover said.

The restaurant association is sponsoring a "Dine Out For Disaster Relief Day" on Oct. 14 in which participating restaurants will donate a portion of their revenues to the Florida Disaster Relief Fund, which was established by Gov. Jeb Bush to help communities and citizens rebuild from the storms.

Dover said more than 1,200 restaurants have signed up to participate so far and Orlando-based Darden Restaurants has already contributed $1 million to the fund.

"Many of our members are earmarking money to the fund for other restaurants," she said. "They're helping rebuild their competitors."

Restaurant losses are expected to mount into the millions. Tampa-based Shells Seafood Restaurants Inc. alone last month estimated it took about a $1 million hit from lost sales and repair costs not covered by insurance.

One of its stores, at 221 S. Semoran Blvd. in Casselberry, was severely damaged by both fire and Hurricane Frances the weekend of Sept. 3.

While the fire may have been from an electrical short, the hurricane added substantial damage, said spokesman Rick Van Warner. The Casselberry restaurant has been closed more than a month. The goal is to reopen before Thanksgiving, Warner said.

Many other Central Florida restaurateurs took financial hits from the storms and several said business has lagged 25 percent to 30 percent since Hurricane Jeanne passed through.

Frank Abbinanti, owner of Frankies Big City Grille in Oviedo, said he was open only about three weeks before Hurricane Charley shut him down. He was without power for a week. Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne also shut him down for several days, he said.

Business is off about 30 percent, but Abbinanti said he expects things to pick up.

"I'll make it if we don't have any more of these [storms]," he said.

Chris Cascio, owner of Toucan Willies, a restaurant across Aloma Avenue from Frankies' Big City Grille, also lost about a dozen days of business from the three storms.

"We took a financial hit, but we have a loyal customer base," Cascio said.

Jeff Grayson, owner of the Pizzeria Uno at Lake Buena Vista, also suffered several days of business disruption with a loss of tourist traffic before the storms.

But he said business has been picking up.

"I believe things will be back to normal pretty quickly," he said.

quote:
Originally posted by recpools

i remember jeff grayson. how about alan crudale, ray degrange.... you remember dave swalick, he used to be the gm at west farms?????.


grayson is a franchise owner of pizza uno in orlando, i believe.


tres senyon was medium rare, senyone was medium, beonquite was well done. i know i am not spelling these right but they were french words. supplemont was subistitute fries for baker or vice versa.


yogi, were you a broiler chef, seems to me i remember your name.


also, remember chuck holmes???


quote:
Originally posted by yogi bear

hey guys i worked at york steak house in west farms mall 1976-1985,i was known as yogi.What a place we served over 300 customers an hour on fri and sat.we had contests with the yord steak houses in mass.I have so many stories,were else could you get a steak dinner for under 4bucks,does any one remember tresenyou,beonqui,so many baked potatoes,i remember so may things,i just ran into someone today i worked with in 1981.does anyone remember jeff grayson or his father,i shure do,i would like to hear from any x york steak house employees.i still have some of my cooking tongs.


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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/3/05 9:10 PM
hey guys ,yogi here again,how about jeff graysons father. what a team they made.alan ,ray and dave what a great group of guys to work for.chuck holmes what did you do there.

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 01/4/05 11:49 AM
Why is thia in NEWS forum----this isnt "news" its "OLDS"!

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 01/4/05 12:56 PM
yogi...............chuck holmes was a trainee......started june 79....worked up to senior manager left to become general manager of holyoke about august of 1981. good guy.


where is ray degrange or alan crudale now?


i met grayson's father once i think, was his name howard???


bob



quote:
Originally posted by yogi bear

hey guys ,yogi here again,how about jeff graysons father. what a team they made.alan ,ray and dave what a great group of guys to work for.chuck holmes what did you do there.

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 01/4/05 8:46 PM
alan crudale is working for himself in investments.He call me once while i was working at yorks around 1985 to see if he could invest my money.I talked to jeff grayson today.we talked about all the great times at yorks.His father howard is still around.yorks was a one of a kind.You had to work there to understand what iam talking about.

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RE: york steak house - Sat, 01/8/05 12:13 AM
any more york steak house people out there.looks like its reunion time.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/10/05 12:13 AM
Hey..I remember York Steak House. I am a child of the 80's and I have such fond memories of my father taking to the local YSH at Euclid Square Mall on the east side of Cleveland. They had the best steak sauce and I can still taste the awesome rolls that came with every meal...they were so buttery and delicious. I would love to see what becomes of the new website for YSH...but even better would be to bring back the restaurant chain! Why NOT! Thanks to the rampant success of the Atkins Diet I believe reintroducing YSH would be a smash. Also all those who have fond memories of tha food would return en masse. Thanks....

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/10/05 6:08 PM
We had one in Moline, Illinois at SouthPark Mall. Man, I couldn't believe it when it closed.

I was a regular customer. But it wasn't for the steaks or burgers. It was the honey roasted chicken. I kind of liked the setting too. You could eat while watching the mall shoppers scurrying by or gaze at the organized disorder of the kitchen crew working at a breakneck pace.

I've tried to duplicate the chicken recipe and failed. If anyone has a clue what they put in the glaze you would be doing the world a favour by posting it here.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/10/05 7:09 PM
the honey roasted chicken was excellent and simple.

it was a spice that consisted of onion salt, garlic salt, a little pepper and paparyka.

the glaze was 1/2 honey, 1/2 molasses

the glaze only went on after the chicken was cooked and it was then held in a warmer 150 degrees or so. putting it back in the oven at 400 degrees would burn it.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/10/05 9:05 PM
speaking of that chicken,the yorks i worked in sold over 100 chickens a day,even more on the weekends.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 01/17/05 8:02 PM

some more basic info on york steak house


http://www.searchspaniel.com/index.php/York_Steak_House




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http://www.myspeakerscorner.com/forum/spawn.php?qv=1&fn=66&tid=46324


another forum on york steak house

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 03/1/05 1:25 PM
thank you for all the replies out there....has anyone else come up with any more items from the long but not forgotton york steak house?

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RE: york steak house - Fri, 03/25/05 4:46 PM
HA! York Steak House. I worked at one in Eastern Hills Mall (Williamsville, NY) in maybe 1978 to maybe 1980 or so. I also filled in at one at the Boulevard Mall (Amherst, NY) on a few occassions.

Three favorite stories: Two guys came in and were eating at a booth. They were high school chums of one of the managers. Apparently, they wanted to pull a prank on him. While they were eating they super glued the plates, cutlery, and glasses to the table.... then took off. They ended up gettig caught by mall security. Funny stuff.

I also remember that it was against Dept of Health code to use steel wool to clean the cooking untensils/pots/racks/etc. So one of the managers kept a stash of Brillo or SOS pads hidden under one of the booth seats.

And, one day I came in to work and there were two brand new managers there. Turns out two of the (former) guys had been caught/arrested for stealing boxes of frozen steaks and selling them out of their cars.

Oh, yeah, and every Valentines Day we'd have a "special" dessert for your beloved a flaming cherries thing.

Toward the end of it's life cycle I remember the place getting pretty ratty looking.

Yeah, I still got a few bus boy name tags and a gift certificate that I won for keeping the place clean on a Friday night.

Some names from Eastern Hills Mall YSH:

Ken Maroni
Lou DiPronio
Tom Corrigan
Jim Schuler
Sally Simme
Maureen ?????
Ken Kern
Anette Edwards
Mark Dixon


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RE: york steak house - Fri, 03/25/05 5:43 PM
WOW !! EAstern Hills and Blvd Mall !
I used to work at Sattler Blvd mall in the late seventies and dating the girls who worked in Sattlers usually began by taking them to lunch at the York Steakhouse there. Never Dinerat york though, one would get a coupon to one of the then numerous Turgeon Bros restraunts, you could have 8 oz steak diners for 2 with salad bar tip and a caraffe of wine for about $20 buck a couple back then.

Had plenty of dark quiet places to "park" the car back in them days after dinner or a moonlight "walk" along the Niagara River in Tonawanda......

You must also recall great names long gone like Carrolls and Henry's hambergers.....

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 04/5/05 3:04 PM
I used to love York Steak House...The one in Florence Mall opened with the mall in 1977 and closed in the mid 80's. A Ruby Tuesday moved in and it lasted until the mid 90's. The York in Eastgate Mall in Cincinnati did a little better...It was still around in the early 90's, but it eventually closed and left Cincinnati with no more York's.

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 06/7/05 1:33 PM
I would be so thrilled to have a real memento from York Steak House!! Will I be able to purchase something (maybe one of those colored plastic numbers that they placed on your table) on your website? Please say yes.

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 06/7/05 1:43 PM
Recpools:

What will you be doing on your website??! Please tell me you will offer York Steak House mementos!! I would love to have something. Ohara

quote]Originally posted by recpools

thank you for all the replies out there....has anyone else come up with any more items from the long but not forgotton york steak house?

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 06/7/05 3:35 PM
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When my family was young we went to the one at the Auburn Mall in Auburn, Ma. They have been closed for years. Sorry, but that is all I have.......


I remember that restaurant. They had one in the Natick Mall in MA too!

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RE: york steak house - Sun, 06/26/05 6:14 PM
We used to go the the one in Middleburg Hts. Ohio across the street fom Southland shopping center. It's decor was like a castle. I think the dinners came with a salad bar.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 07/4/05 9:35 AM
york steak house used to be in the fairfield mall in chicopee that is where my parents met. if there is a way to get merchandise please let me know.

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RE: york steak house - Fri, 07/8/05 12:25 AM
What ever happened to Phil Neal, Pat Casey, or Jim Jacobs??

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 07/11/05 3:18 PM
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york steak house used to be in the fairfield mall in chicopee that is where my parents met. if there is a way to get merchandise please let me know.



what were their names?

i was a manager there from 79 to 82


ask them if they remember bob pritchard

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 07/11/05 3:20 PM
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What ever happened to Phil Neal, Pat Casey, or Jim Jacobs??


wasn't Phil Neal a regional or sr regional director?

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 07/14/05 1:22 AM
I remember York Steak House. There was one in the Towne Mall in Middletown Ohio and one in the Dayton Mall. When I lived in Columbus, I was so happy to see that there was one left in Columbus! It so brought back my childhood memories from the 1980s. They still had the buttered rolls, red salad dressing, and the mushrooms I loved as a kid. It seems that so rarely we get to go back in time and relive a moment, but that evening I did.

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RE: york steak house - Wed, 11/2/05 11:19 AM
My family and I used to goto the York Steak House in Westview Mall ans Security Square Mall in Baltimore, Maryland when I was a kid. I loved their hamburgers and my mom loved their sirloin tips. My friend Steph lived across the street from Westview Mall and used to goto York's all the time. She liked the chicken very much. She remembers that Johnny Knoll used to work there. Some you you might remember him as Johnny Christ from the band Danzig. Steph and I were considering taking a roadtrip to Columbus, OH to the York's. Does anybody know where it is?
Thanks,
Emily

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RE: york steak house - Sun, 11/13/05 8:13 PM
My family and I often went to the York Steak House located in the Warwick Mall in Warwick, Rhode Island. From the 70s to the early 80s, the restaurant had a really cool King Arthur theme to it.

The gourmet sirloin burgers (served on round buttered rolls) were fantastic ("I'd like a #4, medium well with steak fries, please"). It was entertaining to watch one of the grill chefs who could turn the burgers by flipping them up high in the air. As a teenager, I preferred to order the sirloin tips (with side orders of mushrooms and sauteed onions), a grilled honey-glazed 1/4 chicken, a garden salad with York's wonderful house dressing, and a baked potato with real butter. For dessert, I often ordered the chocolate pudding (it was topped with whipped cream that had chocolate shavings on top instead of a cherry) or the jello parfait. I also remember York's T-bone steaks and famous mushroom sauce.

Then some time in the mid-to-late 80s (I believe), York switched to a cafeteria-style theme, not unlike that of Ponderosa Steakhouse. New items to the children's menu included frankfurters and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (?!). This marked the decline of York Steakhouse, as it became less popular and disappeared only a few years later.

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RE: york steak house - Tue, 11/22/05 11:54 AM
One of my first jobs was busing tables at the York at the Warwick Mall in the mid-70s. Yes, the King Arthur motif extended to uniforms: a harvest gold tunic/apron.

For the first couple of years, people would line up for over an hour to get in. Later it became a favorite haunt of residents of the retirement village next to the mall.

Someone mentioned Rustler. It was far superior to York or Bonanza and took a lot of business (including my Family's) away from York.

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 11/24/05 8:03 PM
I think there was one in the Orchard Malls, Benton Harbor, Michigan. It was about 1 mile from I-94. I always thought it was just a average type place, not bad food, not great food. Maybe It wasn't a York, but I thought it was a York Steakhouse.

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RE: york steak house - Mon, 12/5/05 5:19 PM
York Steak House! Man, does this bring back memories! My first job was at the YSH at Southland Shopping Center, Middleburgh Hts, near Cleveland.

I worked there from 81-84 or 85. It was a dark place, castle motif. Food was served cafeteria style. I started as a bus boy, then became a "broiler chef". We were the kings of the place. We used a kind of "kitchen french" to call out the orders as we cooked them, so it sounded much more sophisticated than it really was.

We had a great bunch of kids that worked there; we'd have parties, go to concerts together (anybody remember MSB at Blossom?), etc.

Sirloin steak tips- these were the best! I'd sneak a few of them whenever I could!

2 funny York stories:

1)I was working in the kitchen one night (hot, steamy, etc.). Anyway, I was wearing glasses, and they slipped off my face right into a BIG (10 gal?) bucket of melted butter. I had to reach in, feel around, and pull out my glasses. I had to run them through the dishwasher to get them clean again!

2)We had a promotion one Mothers' Day- free T-bone I think. Anyway, we had SO many people that came in that day, we had the ENTIRE grill covered with steaks. They smothered the flame and put out the grill! We had to pull steaks off and try to re-light! What a mess!

I'd love to hear from anyone from those days- it was fun( heck, the place is just an empty field now).

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RE: york steak house - Wed, 06/28/06 8:06 PM
Maybe I can keep this topic alive! Reading all the stories made me want to share some of mine.
York was my 1st job from 1978-1981. Northgate Mall, Cincinnati Ohio. Started as a "cold side" girl and moved up to "Hostess" in just a little while. I think I made $2.32 an hour. I loved working there and think it gave me a good work ethic.
The food was out of this world, awesome. I'm going to the Columbus, OH store this weekend and hope it is worth the trip.

Good Employee Stories:
1. Our senior regional director was a very picky man. One day he sat down with me and my GM to discuss the finer points of keeping caps on salt/pepper shakers clean. He went on talking for probably 1/2 an hour telling me that I did not have the proper technique to get all the finger prints off and he wanted to be sure that I would not have to be told again. After he was finished (and I was a speechless), my GM said to me "if you can sit through all that, you deserve a raise" and promptly gave me a 25 cent on the hour raise! I don't think that is what the senior director had in mind!

2. One night while retrieving steak sauce bottles: take a bus cart and take all the bottles off the tables and put them on the bus cart. once you have one layer on, take a large aluminum steak tray and put that on top of the bottles. put more bottles on top of the steak tray. repeat until all the bottles are off all the tables. roll the cart into the back and into the cold side cooler for the night.
This process takes a loooong time! We weren't allowed to start anything until the last customer left the restuarant. That was York's deal. Anyway, it had to be around 1 a.m. and I was pushing the cart back, rolling over the carpet, just about to hit the brick floor and WHAM! the entire cart tipped over and steak sauce bottles broke all over the place. After some help from my mother(didn't drive at the time) I got it cleaned up and went home for the night.
That builds character!

3. A broiler chef and I used to sing "Renegade" by Styx. He was on the grill and I was in the dining area. York would be so crowded and loud on a weekend night, no one paid any attention to us. Scott would start out "oh mamma, i'm in fear for my life from the long arm the law", then i'd sign the next line and so on. just to the part where Tommy Shaw kicks into the guitar part. It was great!

4. Any other hostessess out there remember filling up ketchup bottles and having the glass bottoms burst? How bout pouring coffee, "would you like a fresh, hot, delicious cup of York Steak House coffee?" and how many steak plates could you fit on your arm, smile and serve?

and on something every York employee knows: PASAY!!

i'm glad I stumbled upon this forum and thanks for bringing back the memories.

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RE: york steak house - Wed, 06/28/06 8:17 PM
Welcome to Roadfood, YorkHostess. Thanks for sharing your fun memories. But please, don't leave us in the dark. What does PASAY mean?

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 06/29/06 9:57 AM
Pasay (pah-say) means a few things.
1. it meant finished, like the steaks were served to the grill table and the chef would say what the order was and then say Pasay!
2. it meant get out of my way or move or to say coming through. Pasay was said every time you went through a door.
3. it meant i'm behind you.
I still find myself sometimes saying it, mostly to mean get out of my way. (only around family cause they know what it means)
I don't know if the spelling is correct but we never had to spell it, just say it!

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 06/29/06 10:31 AM
Thanks for the explanation.

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RE: york steak house - Thu, 06/29/06 10:48 AM
One of my first jobs was bussing table at a York in the Warwick Mall, RI, 1976 - 77. I don't remember "pahsay" but I do remember several buscart accidents (my own and others). The place was so busy and they ran you so hard to get tables clear so that the line would be on schedule that it was inevitable. The carpet was so encrusted with grease that people would slip on it and it ruined workers' shoes. Personally, I started slowing down after I came within a hair of injuring a toddler I couldn't see in front of the cart.

I also remember cleaning the trash compactor. If you got off of bus duty early, the payback was wiping down the inside of the compactor, which happened to have loose wiring on the safety switch. You learned pretty quickly not to clean around that switch.

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RE: york steak house - Sun, 07/9/06 8:08 PM
I worked at the York Steak House in the Eastwood Mall in Niles,OH for about 1 yr (1981). I remember working the day after Thanksgiving,and we couldn't keep-up with the crowd (going out the door& down the hall) !

Marti

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RE: york steak house - Fri, 08/18/06 11:41 AM
any more yorkies out there?

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RE: york steak house - Fri, 08/18/06 12:53 PM
York Steak House in Stratford CT is where I took my wife on our first date. It is gone but we have been married 28 years.

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RE: york steak house - Fri, 08/18/06 1:15 PM

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RE: york steak house - Fri, 08/18/06 1:16 PM
quote:
Originally posted by YorkHostess

Pasay (pah-say) means a few things.
1. it meant finished, like the steaks were served to the grill table and the chef would say what the order was and then say Pasay!
2. it meant get out of my way or move or to say coming through. Pasay was said every time you went through a door.
3. it meant i'm behind you.
I still find myself sometimes saying it, mostly to mean get out of my way. (only around family cause they know what it means)
I don't know if the spelling is correct but we never had to spell it, just say it!


might have been spelled passe` but who's to know?


everyone knew what it meant, especially when the broiler chefs slid a plate all the way from the tip pan down to the buttered roll end of the steak table!


the steak girl had to really be quick and on her toes.

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