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The Eat at Joe’s Riots

The Eat at Joe’s Riots

Special dispensation was granted last Friday by the City Council to Ontario-based Sports Restaurant chain “Shoeless Joe’s” to establish a franchise within city limits, making it the first local eatery since the 1931 passing of a restrictive city ordinance to be allowed to use the name “Joe” in its advertising and logo. Why “Joe,” you…

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Amandour Prison’s Final Inmate

Amandour Prison’s Final Inmate

In 1980 the only remaining state correctional facility within the city limits – Amandour Prison – closed its heavy iron door for last time. The order to shut down the facility, once home to as many as 494 inmates, actually occurred in 1951. While it is not surprising for the wheels of justice – or…

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Friday Facts: End of Year Closeout Special

Friday Facts: End of Year Closeout Special

:: With Christmas Day and New Year’s Day both falling on a Tuesday this season, please note that all city services will be open and functioning on Monday, Dec.24 and Monday, Dec. 31, with the exception of the Mayor’s Office, which will be closed at 2pm on Friday, Dec. 21, and reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2,…

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Friday Facts: Burning leaves, weeping sausage

Friday Facts: Burning leaves, weeping sausage

:: The city is home to no less than seven junior and community colleges, one of which (Sparrow Valley Community College, on Cedar Ave and S.Sparrow Valley Dr.) boasts a Zagat-rated three-star cafeteria. :: The large outdoor clock above the main entrance of the City Hall Annex was accidentally set to Standard Time last weekend.…

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The Shrouded City

The Shrouded City

Television dramatist Stirling Silliphant famously wrote that “there are eight million stories in the naked city.” Local author Burton Becker is out to prove that our city has a few million stories of its own, even if they are a bit more conservatively dressed. Becker has just published his fourth novel, Same Time Last Year,…

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What a Character!: Monsieur LeSteak

What a Character!: Monsieur LeSteak

A recurring series in which we take a look back at the city’s most familiar advertising icons. Remember Charlie the Tuna, the seemingly suicidal spokes-fish for canned fish titan Starkist? Of course you do, who could forget his apparently misguided yet earnest attempts to qualify for a life (or the end thereof) inside a small,…

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What a Character!: The Spaghetti Giant

What a Character!: The Spaghetti Giant

A recurring series in which we take a look back at the city’s most familiar advertising icons. What stands twenty-five feet tall, wears a toga with a garland of grape leaves and was a fixture of the city’s “Restaurant Row” for thirty-five years? If you said “The Spaghetti Giant,” then are you ever correct! Between…

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Friday Facts: Slaughterhouse, Partridge, Megatron

Friday Facts: Slaughterhouse, Partridge, Megatron

:: On Monday, Chief Health Commissioner Rudolph “Guy” Fenimore sent a press release reminding hungry citizens that the city’s three-year long ban on open air barbecue restaurants ends this Saturday. Blowout celebrations are currently planned at Roy’s BBQ, Captain Jack’s Rib Shack, Shiney’s, the Thai Barbecue House (which will be removing its temporary tarpaulin after…

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Save the Legacy Diner (Maybe)

Save the Legacy Diner (Maybe)

Business is decidedly not booming Friday night at the Legacy. Even in mid-January, a forlorn plastic Christmas tree droops at one end of the establishment’s chipped, unvarnished wood bar, and a faded paper Santa Claus face stares through an unwashed window out onto an empty stretch of S. Kildare Ave. In the weak glow given…

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Photos of (Chinese) Food

Photos of (Chinese) Food

Chances are, if you’ve stood in a Chinese takeout restaurant at any time in the last thirty-eight years or so, staring up at the menu whole deciding what to order, you’ve seen the work of Chroma Specialized Photographic Services, Ltd. (CSPS). They’re the country’s foremost photographers of menu items for Chinese food and happen to…

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