RE: jimmys west haven conn.
What happened to Jimmy's is the same thing that happened to neighbors Turk's and Phyllis' The city of West Haven decided it wanted to redevelop Savin Rock into housing and other sorts of things -- more "high class." Among the things the city insisted on stopping was the idea of people standing around buying food and drink from walk-up windows at the fronts of restaurants and eating that food right out where God and everybody could see them. To do that they had to rezone the area and that meant those great places had to shut down. The Gagliardis were able to rebuild not far away, right on what became Captain Thomas Boulevard, with the new place's back right at the water's edge at Long Island Sound. The trouble was, there could be no walk-up windows or food served for outside eating, except on a walled patio that could not be seen from the street.
I was there, at the new Jimmy's, shortly after it opened while visiting my family. The idea of eating hotdogs inside -- and they still served Rosseler's then -- just didn't work, and it was clear that they were going to change. I talked with Sal Gagliardi and he told me they were going to deemphasize the hotdogs, fried clams and other good stuff and concentrate on being a nice sitdown place. A couple of years later, in the early '70s, I went back again, only because my mother insisted on taking us there. The service was lousy, the hotdogs were terrible and the prices were unbelieveable. Jimmy's had gone to hell in a handbasket. I'll never go back again.