The other day, when I posted about Shakey's closing, I didn't know where I wanted to go with it. Did I want to go down memory lane? Did I want to talk about how I currently prefer Shakey's way more than Old Country Buffet? Did I want to talk about iconic businesses closing? Did I want to scold somebody (not sure who) about "other business interests"... I mean, what the hell does that mean, and why did the little blurb in West Allis Now (it certainly wasn't an article or story) not press that question? Apparently sensing this blog entry coming, I see that they did post another couple of paragraphs the other day.
But when it came right down to it, the title that I posted said it all. Nothing more needed to be said.
That didn't stop me from researching the other angles that I had mentioned above. After spending too much time on this over the weekend, I just found too much of a gold mine on-line that I couldn't keep to myself (Carol, you missed the boat. This one is all mine now!) So that I don't spend all day summarizing what you can find by clicking the link, I won't actually write much about each one below. But if you click the links you will find that you could spend hours reliving your childhood (or teen years, etc.)... make sure you follow the other links contained on each page!
Farrell's lasted at Southridge until the mid-80s. But reading this, it is clear that the chain was in trouble for almost ten years before it closed. Baker's Ice Cream Parlor in New Berlin tried to recreate the fun of Farrell's, but that is gone now, too.
Dutchland Dairy was a little before my time... I barely remember the one in West Allis on Lincoln Ave. and the location in Cudahy on Packard Ave. I mostly remember driving past those locations and listening to (Sponsor's Name Here)'s Official Father
prattle on discuss eating there.
Did I miss your favorite? Check this out from Retro Milwaukee... and do right by yourself and check all nine pages of memories!