Saturday, May 19, 2012

A & Dubs is back!

Hey... made it to A & Dubs (on Facebook) for the first time this season. Thanks to Perfect Duluth Day for the heads up notifying readers that they're open for the season. I had my usual frosty mug of root beer with my charburger and fries. The car hops continue to be fantastic and the food continues to please. Let summer begin!

For some history, just in case you're not in tune with Duluth's old time drive in, I'll reprint my comment on Perfect Duluth Day: For those who don’t recall (or know),  A & Dubs opened as an A & W on that very site shortly after World War II, probably about 1947. My older brother worked there when it first opened, but he quit after about a week because our parents didn’t want him, just starting high school, to work until 2 a.m., when the drive-in closed in those days. Ten years later, when I was in high school (Denfeld), it was an in-season social center for kids from West End and West Duluth. I believe there was one drive-in in Duluth before A & W. If memory serves (and it so often doesn’t), it was on the lower side of Grand around 42nd Avenue West. Didn’t last long.

And to let you know... We're taking a short vacation to parts far away so check back again later as I'm sure I'll have some things to say about my travels.


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Zenith City where east meets west...

Zenith City Online
The new Zenith City Online web site is up and running and a fun place to browse, especially for those of us who delight in historic Duluth. As I mentioned previously, I'm writing regularly for this new online magazine and recalling what it was like to grow up in Duluth's West End. I began with a piece about the old Master Bread sign that long ago adorned the Point of Rocks, where east met west in Duluth. You can read more about the east-west division that marked our town HERE in the current edition of Zenith City Online. And be sure to check out the other writings in the new edition of Zenith City Online HERE. There's something of interest for all of us history buffs.       Jim

Monday, May 14, 2012

Duluth's Tycoons in New York Times

Heads up for those of you coming to Duluth this summer...

Tycoons, a new alehouse in downtown Duluth, recently opened its doors and provides good eating in a vintage Duluth atmosphere. Owners, Tim Nelson and Rod Raymond, worked hard to restore Duluth's Old City Hall (built in 1889) while modernizing it enough for today's restaurant fare.

Robert Lillegaard, Duluth writer and contributor to the Duluth Superior Magazine, does a nice job of highlighting this innovative restaurant in Sunday's New York Times (Travel section: Bites, Tycoons in Duluth Minnesota). Check out the Times piece and check out Tycoons!

Read the Times piece HERE and check out the Tycoons site HERE.