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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 17:38:31 (permalink)
In 1926 the Cary House in Placerville, California became The Raffles Hotel, and it was under this name when Duncan Hines recommended it in the 1941 guidebook.  In the 1970s the name was changed back to the Cary House.  I couldn't find a website.  Seems like there is no restaurant there now, but the hotel is still in operation.
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/historic-cary-house-hotel-placerville
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 18:04:37 (permalink)
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe, California was a Duncan Hines recommended restaurant and place of lodging.  It opened in 1940 and probably remained in the book, because--even today--The Inn is still a destination restaurant for many in the San Diego area.  The name of the restaurant there now (and maybe even then) is the Morada.
 
http://www.theinnatrsf.com/hotels/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 18:16:51 (permalink)
Another Duncan Hines recommended restaurant is Mac's Restaurant, in Point Richmond, California in the Hotel Mac.  It seems to be the same place Duncan Hines entered 80 years ago and hasn't changed at all.  Interestingly, they mention Duncan Hines in the history section on the hotel's website.
 
http://www.hotelmacrestaurant.com/
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 19:31:27 (permalink)
How about El Adobe de Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano?  This place has a lot of history, good food and a cool train out back.  The feel is right.
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 19:58:19 (permalink)
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How about El Adobe de Capistrano in San Juan Capistrano?  This place has a lot of history, good food and a cool train out back.  The feel is right.
 

Yes Marlene,
 
El Adobe was in the 1959 edition, the book reads:
Fred Harvey management. 11:30 A.M. to 11 P.M. Here you can dine amid the charm and hospitality of early Californian tradition. Dancing June 15 to September 15. Spanish specialties and continental cuisine.
 Is El Padre Cafe still around? They were in the 1938 book.
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 20:43:59 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ThanksfortheCrepes 2016/05/18 03:25:34
I am surprised at the number of Duncan Hines Recommended Restaurants that are still in business 55 years after the final edition of Adventures in Good Eating. We've found over 150 so far. Even more surprising is that several of the 164 restaurants originally recommended by Duncan in his 1935 Christmas list are serving today.
 
On the first post of this thread, I have added the HONOR ROLL OF THE DUNCAN HINES ORIGINALS to highlight these 11 15 34 37 survivors. I know that some of you like to find lists of special restaurants to eat your way through, so I hope you find this list convenient (I've been to four of these so far, hurry up Cliff. Four seemed like a lot when there were only 11, but I just keep turning more that are still in business).
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 21:10:14 (permalink)
El Adobe is still right where it was all those years ago but I'm sure the ownership has changed.
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 23:07:56 (permalink)
Jim has a 1938 edition and the El Adobe is in it.  I have a 1941, 1952 and 1961 editions.  The El Adobe is in neither the 1941 nor the 1952 editions---but it is in the 1959 and 1961 editions.  So they were out for a time.  I wonder if it is in the 1945 edition?  If it doesn't appear in any of the editions printed in the 1940s, I am left to conclude that it only came back after Roy Park took over the operation beginning with the 1954 edition when Duncan Hines went into semi-retirement.
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/17 23:19:14 (permalink)
In his 1941 guidebook Duncan Hines wrote of The Mission Inn in Riverside, California, "You are missing something you will regret if you do not take at least one meal here, amid surroundings that are duplicated nowhere else.  Allow plenty of time to dine and to tour this world-famous museum-hotel.  In fact, the management could easily "get by" with inferior meals, but actually they are unusually fine.  Don't fail to visit the kitchen, which alone is worth traveling to see."  I'm sure he would easily recognize this place today.  It's undoubtedly the Mission Inn Restaurant to which his comments are directed.
 
http://www.missioninn.com/
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/17 23:32:59 (permalink)
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HONOR ROLL OF THE DUNCAN HINES ORIGINALS
 
Red Circle Inn, Nashotah, WI

After visiting Red Circle's website I'm pretty sure I'd go all Al Czervik if I ever visited.
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/18 06:43:19 (permalink)
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HONOR ROLL OF THE DUNCAN HINES ORIGINALS
 
Red Circle Inn, Nashotah, WI

After visiting Red Circle's website I'm pretty sure I'd go all Al Czervik if I ever visited.


When are you not?
 
Did you realize the Red Circle represents the Pabst Brewing Company? I think Al could appreciate that in an un-ironic way.

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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/18 22:35:57 (permalink)
The Cathay House in San Francisco, California is still around, serving Cantonese Chinese food.  In his 1941 guidebook Duncan Hines said that it was, "an interesting Chinese restaurant where you dine in luxury, overlooking San Francisco's famous Chinatown.  Magnificent gold murals on walls of black that tell tales of Chinese mythology.  [It has a] glassed-in kitchen so you can see how REAL Chinese food is prepared by imported chefs from Canton. . . . For $2 a person, you dine like an emperor!"
 
I couldn't find a website for the restaurant, but I did find a picture.  It still seems to be a favorite for some.  In 1941 it was at 1630 Powell Street and Grant Avenue; now it's at 718 California Street and Grant Avenue.
 
http://www.girlstrektoo.com/upload/XhmwQq51718472238.jpg
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/18 23:13:31 (permalink)
The Top of the Mark restaurant, at the pinnacle of the Mark Hopkins Hotel in San Francisco, California, is still around.  Hines wrote of it in his guidebook, "Strictly speaking, this is not an eating place but a cocktail lounge."  He went on to say that "even if you only drink Coca-Cola," you should visit it.  The Mark Hopkins, located on the edge of Nob Hill since 1926, has a wide view from the top of the hotel.
 
The website does not give much information about the restaurant.
 
http://www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/gb/en/san-francisco/sfoha/hoteldetail#
 
However, I did find a picture of the hotel:
 
http://news.theregistrysf.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/intercontinental-mark-hopkins-san-francisco-hotel-The-Registry.jpg
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/18 23:28:48 (permalink)
Fishermen's Grotto in San Francisco, California, has been around since 1935 and seems as popular as ever 80+ years later.  Hines wrote of it, "Fish only--no meats.  A hundred items and all exceptionally fine in quality and in cooking.  I know of none better.  A two-story "grotto" where you look over the fishing fleet. . . . Chioppino (with a cloth around your neck); a wonderful "Adventures" omlette; lobster Antone (better than lobster thermidor)---only a few of the specialties.  In season, she crabs to your Eastern friends---dry iced."
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/19 04:23:40 (permalink)
Ill second Fisherman's Grotto. Went there years ago, and it was great. Beautiful view! Also enjoy the sourdough bread!
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/19 20:47:47 (permalink)
Duncan Hines wrote of Schroeder's in San Francisco, California, "One of the landmarks of the city and famous for its German cooking.  Here you will find many old time favorites that you've lost track of for years.  Not a swanky atmosphere, but an "eatin'" one."  Located on Front Street, it's been around since 1893, has survived the 1906 earthquake, and as of 2016 is in its 123rd year, still serving the German food that Hines enjoyed.  It is said to be California's oldest German restaurant.
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/19 21:11:56 (permalink)
Of the La Casa Rosa restaurant in San Juan Bautista, California, Hines wrote, "By all means go the "old way" via San Juan, for it is a lovely ride through the countryside and no trucks.  A fine old mission is here and a remarkable curio and antique shop next door to Casa Rosa.  Mrs. [Bertha Campbell] Cole took an old time early California building and has made it one of the most popular stops anywhere around.  Nice drive when staying at Carmel or Monterey. . . . Try La Casa casserole."
 
Since 1935 the famous pink building has been a stop for both the curious and the culinary historical-minded.  The restaurant is still serving meals, but lately they have put it up for sale.  If sold, it is to be hoped that the new owners treat it with the historical respect it deserves.
 
The restaurant, originally a tea room, really is pink, as these pictures on its website prove.
 
http://www.lacasarosarestaurant.com/27565.html
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/20 18:15:18 (permalink)
The El Encanto restaurant in Santa Barbara, California, that Duncan Hines knew in the 1930s is still intact and doing very well.  He wrote of it, "You will enjoy the dining room that looks off over the city, the bay, and the mountains.  I know from many years experience that whatever you order will be good and the service all one can ask."  The restaurant is now part of a hotel chain and is the Belmond El Encanto.
 
http://www.belmond.com/el-encanto-santa-barbara/santa-barbara-restaurants
 
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Re: Surviving Duncan Hines Family Restaurants 2016/05/20 18:33:15 (permalink)
Here's the list of New York City restaurants from the 1959 edition. If I eliminated any that are still around, please let me know.
 
New York
  • L'Aiglon. 13 E. 55th St
  • L'Armorique. 246 E. 54th St
  • Assembly Steak House. 207 E. 43rd St
  • L'Auberge de France, New York City - NN, DC
  • Baccara Restaurant, New York City - NN, DC
  • Baroque Restaurant. 14 E. 53rd St
  • Bruno's Pen and Pencil Restaurant. 205 E. 45th St
  • Brussells Restaurant. 115 E. 54th St
  • Cafe Chambord. 803 Third Ave
  • Cafe Chauveron. 139 E. 53rd St
  • Cafe St. Denis, New York City - NN, DC
  • Cavanagh's. 258-260 W. 23rd St.
  • Chapeau Rouge. 14 E. 52nd St
  • Le Chanteclair. 18 E. 49th St
  • El Chico. 80 Grove St
  • The Coffee Mill. 46 W. 56th St
  • The Colony. 30 E. 61st St.
  • Danny's Hide-A-Way. 151 E. 45th St
  • Jane Davies Restaurant. 145 W. 55th St
  • Divan Parisien. 33 E. 48th St
  • Dogwood Room. 50 E. 58th St
  • Enrico and Paglieri. 64 W. 11th St
  • The Forum of the Twelve Caesars. 57 W. 48th St
  • A La Fourchette. 342 W. 46th St
  • Giovanni's. 66 E. 55th St
  • Gripsholm, New York City - NN, DC
  • Hapsburg House. 313 E. 55th St
  • Ho-Ho Restaurant, New York City
  • Hutton's Restaurant. 490 Lexington Ave., 220 Madison Ave., 509 Fifth Ave
  • Imperiale Restaurant. 322 E. 44th St
  • Jack & Charlie's "21", New York City
  • The Janssen Graybar. 430 Lexington Ave
  • Johnny Johnston's Charcoal Room. 45th St. & 2nd Ave
  • Keen's English Chop House, New York City
  • Lee's Restaurant. 36 Pell St.
  • The Little Club. 70 E. 55th St
  • Leone's Restaurant. 239 W. 48th St
  • Le Pavilion. 11l E. 57th St
  • Le Provencal Restaurant. 21 E. 62nd St
  • Le Veau D'Or, New York City
  • Lindy's Restaurant. 1655 Broadway at 51st St
  • Luchow's. 110 E. 14th St.
  • Manny Wolf's Chop House, New York City - NN
  • Marchi's, New York City
  • Maria Restaurant. 141 East 52nd St
  • Le Marmiton Restaurant. 41 E. 49th St
  • Marnels Restaurant. 131 E. 47th St.
  • Michel's. 38 East 53rd St
  • Miyako. 20 W. 56th St
  • New Campus Restaurant. 106 W. 32nd St
  • The Newport Restaurant. 18 E. 60th St
  • Oscar's Delmonico Restaurant, New York City
  • Palm Restaurant, New York City
  • Passy Restaurant, New York City - NN
  • Penquin Restaurant, New York City - NN, DC
  • Peter's Backyard, New York City - NN
  • Pierre's Restaurant. 52 E. 53rd St
  • Quo Vadis, New York City - NN
  • Ratner's. 111 2nd Ave
  • Restaurant Robert, New York City - NL
  • Romeo Salta Restaurant. 39 W. 56th St
  • Roosevelt Grill, New York City
  • St. Regis Hotel, New York City
  • San Marino Restaurant. 159 E. 53rd St
  • Sardi's Restaurant, New York City
  • Sea Fare. 44 W. 8th St
  • Stoddard's Atop Ruder Hall. 400 W. 119th St
  • Stork Restaurant. 3 E. 53rd St.
  • Stouffer's. 100 E. 42nd St
  • Swiss Pavillion Restaurant. 38 E. 50th St
  • Teddy's. 219 W. Broadway
  • Three Crowns Restaurant. 12 East 54th St
  • Town and Country Restaurant. 284 Park Ave
  • Trader Vic's in Savoy-Hilton Hotel. 5th Ave. and 59th St
  • Le Valois. 45 E. 58th St
  • Voisin. 575 Park Ave
  • Wah Kee Restaurant, New York City
  • The Waldorf-Astoria, New York City
  • Waverly Inn, New York City
  • The White Turkeys. 38th and Madison Ave
  • Ye Olde Chop House. 101 Cedar St
  • Al Sehacht, 102 E. 52nd St. American food.
  • Barberry Room, 19 E. 52nd St. Modern; quiet.
  • El Borracho, 51 E. 55th St. Italian-French food.
  • Cafe Tokay, 1591 2nd Ave. Hungarian food.
  • Restaurant Champs Elysees, 25 E. 40th St. L., a la carte. D., $2.65-$3.75.
  • Chateaubriand, 131 E. 54th St. French cuisine.
  • Christ Cella Restaurant, New York City - NN
  • Continental Rendezvous, 56 E. 55th St.
  • Copain, 50th S. N.W. Cor. 1st Ave. French Cuisine.
  • Copenhagen Restaurant, New York City - NN, DC
  • Daniels, 53 E. 54th St. Small, French menu.
  • Embers, 161 E. 54th St. American food. A la carte D., $2.75 up.
  • Emil's Restaurant, 213 Pearl St. (near Maiden Lane); 23 Park Row.
  • Casner's Restaurant, 36 King St. L., $1.75 up; D., $2.75 up.
  • Caston Restaurant, 48 E. 49th St. French cuisine.
  • The Harwyn Club, 112 E. 52nd St. French-American food.
  • Hvde Park Restaurant, 998 Madison Ave. American food. Table d'hote average L., $1.60. A la carte average D., $4.00.
  • King of the Sea, 879 Third Ave. American food.
  • Laurent Restaurant, 111 E. 56th St. A nice variety. A la carte average L.,  $5.00; D., $7.00.
  • The Lobster, New York City - NN, DC
  • Lum Kong, 220 Canal St. and 150 W. 52nd St. Chinese plus.
  • Massoletti's, 70 Pine St. Well known, Italian food.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Restaurant, New Tork City - NN
  • Miller's, 233 Broadway, 144 Fulton. American food.
  • Miramar, 10 E. 46th. French cuisine. Average L., $2.75; D., $4.00.
  • Le Moal Restaurant, 942 Third Ave. French provincial. Average L., $2.00;  D.. $4.00.
  • Bob Olin's on the Park, 15 Central Park West. American food.
  • Pablo's, 232 E. 58lh St. Continental cuisine. Table d'hote average D., $4.50.
  • Penthouse Club, 30 Central Park South. French food. L., $2.50-$3.25; D.,  $4.75-$6.75.
  • Polonaise Restaurant, New York City - NN
  • La Potiniere, 60 W. 55th St. French cuisine.
  • Press Box, New York City - NL
  • Studio Club Restaurant, New York City - NN, DC
  • Toffenetti Restaurant, 43rd and Broadway. American food. B., 90c; L., 80c;  D., $2.25.
  • Tony's Wife, 150 E. 55th St. Small, smart, Italian-continental cuisine.
  • Tuscany Room, New York City
  • Viennese Lantern, 242 E. 79th St. Continental menu. D., $4.75-$7.75.
  • Whyte's, 344 W. 57th St. American food.
  • Wivel, 254 W. 54th St. Swedish smorgasbord.
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/20 18:43:26 (permalink)
Here's one where I have two restaurants, but I believe the two are the same.  Both restaurants are on State Street in Santa Barbara, California.  In his 1941 guidebook, Duncan Hines writes about a place called Restaurente del Paseo.  He says, "One of the famous places of the Southland.  A charming series of shops, all on the Spanish order.  Luncheon served on an open patio with Mexican music and dancing.  Visit, even if not dining there."  I can find nothing that says the restaurant ever closed.  So I have to assume it is still open.
 
And then there is El Paseo Mexican Restaurant.  It is also on State Street in Santa Barbara.  Founded in 1922, lots of celebrities went there from the 1920s onward.  It is not listed in any of the other guidebooks I have.  So I have to wonder if, sometime after 1941, perhaps they changed the name of the restaurant.
 
If they are the same restaurant, the El Paseo is on the National Register of Historic Places, and a 1935 color movie short subject with a pre-MGM Judy Garland and her sisters was made here.  You can see the film on the website's history section.
 
http://www.elpaseosb.com/index.html
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/20 18:55:13 (permalink)
Louis,
 
Duncan refers to Restaurente del Paseo as El Paseo in his 1938 guidebook. It's got to be the same place.
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/20 19:20:52 (permalink)
Duncan Hines wrote that "Those desiring to dine in Beautiful surroundings at a beautiful hotel are referred to the Hotel Miramar."  The hotel is in Santa Monica, California, and still has a restaurant.
 
http://www.fairmont.com/santa-monica/
 
The name of the restaurant is The Fig Restaurant.  This is the website.  Looks like it's up to Duncan Hines standards.
 
http://www.figsantamonica.com/
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/21 13:40:39 (permalink)
While not a restaurant now, the building is still around.  I found this item in a Historic Walking Tour of Saratoga, California:
 
Lundblad's Lodge     14534 Oak Street (on the east side of the street)
In 1918 Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Lundblad purchased this shingle-style Craftsman house.  It became a very popular vacation resort, later operated by their daughter Hazel Bargas and her husband. Actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine lived here as children with their mother Lillian Fontaine.  Mrs. Bargas’ culinary skills earned Lundblad’s a listing in the Duncan Hines Restaurant Guide.  Here is a picture of it:
 
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/03/USA-Saratoga-Lundblad's_Lodge.jpg
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/21 13:54:27 (permalink)
In the 1941 edition of "Adventures in Good Eating" there is a picture of the Buckeye restaurant in Sausalito, California.  It had been in operation since 1937.  Hines wrote, "This happens to be a favorite of mine.  Favored for its German cooking, its atmosphere and its hospitality. . . . Such things as Kassler Rippchen, lobster thermidor, German pot roast, baked oysters, and first-class steaks.  The Buckeye is a fine focal point for a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge."  It is still in business, and serving a high-end clientele, if their $17.50 cheeseburger is anything to go by.  The restaurant has not moved but is in Mill Valley, California now.
 
http://www.buckeyeroadhouse.com/
 
 And the picture of the restaurant in the 1941 guidebook and its current look are exactly the same in every particular.
 
http://www.buckeyeroadhouse.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/500buckeye1.jpg
 
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/21 14:28:16 (permalink)
Duncan Hines wrote of this restaurant in Seal Beach, California: "Here is the Gilder Inn, which seems mainly to feed the men at a nearby airfield.  Decorated with interesting mementos of flying and fliers.  Each booth named for a famous flyer.  Fine clam chowder and other sea food dishes.  Moderate prices."
 
The Gilder Inn is no more; in its location is a sushi restaurant called Mahe, of which there is a sister restaurant in nearby Dana Point.  For years the Gilder Inn had a little model plane on its roof; the new owners have happily kept it there.
 
http://eatatmahe.com/locations/seal-beach/
 
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/21 14:42:40 (permalink)
Of the Rainbow Tavern in Soda Springs, California, Hines wrote in his 1941 guidebook, "Between Sacramento and Reno there are not many places to eat.  You will find this very good."
 
Even though it has been around for over 100 years, The Rainbow Inn has had some hard times in the past few years.  It is temporarily closed for the season, but it is scheduled to reopen in July 2016.  Here is what is said about it on Yelp.  (Since they are scheduled to reopen soon, I think we can put this in the "still active" category.)  It seems like, yes, they do offer breakfast, but it isn't anything to write home about.  It's primarily a lodge, maybe with a slight breakfast accompaniment.
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/rainbow-tavern-and-lodge-soda-springs-2?hrid=RV4rwTWpyr0say4KATh6UQ&rh_type=phrase&rh_ident=new_owner
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/22 08:26:37 (permalink)
For those keeping track, the count after 3 weeks is 225 surviving restaurants (we had 95 after week 1 and 131 after 2 weeks). I don't know how long Louis can keep up his pace. A few things I've learned along the way:
  • There seem to be a lot of surviving California restaurants from the 1941 book. I never think "traditional" when I think California; but when it comes to dining, Californian's have kept many places in business that were around 75 years ago.
  • Contrarily, my hit rate for NYC was lower than I expected. I thought that even if a restaurant closed, there'd be a different one in operation in the same location. It is likely that redevelopment wiped out a lot of the original locations.
  • Almost a quarter of Duncan's recommendations from his original list are still in operation. If we project this to the 9,000+ restaurants that were recommended over the years, our list of survivors will top 2,000. Louis and I have discussed this and don't think we will get that high. We believe that the recommendations in the books following Duncan's semi-retirement in 1953  were diluted in order to expand the books, and those latter recommendations have not fared as well as Duncan's picks.
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/22 13:37:24 (permalink)
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There seem to be a lot of surviving California restaurants from the 1941 book. I never think "traditional" when I think California; but when it comes to dining, Californian's have kept many places in business that were around 75 years ago.

The climate helps keep them rust-free, so they last longer.
 
Looking back at the Wisconsin list, it would appear that Duncan Hines didn't get west of Madison very often.  Last night I ate at a western supper club that's been family-owned since 1942; of course, it's also possible it didn't make the cut with DH, either.
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/22 15:20:31 (permalink)
Brad, it could also be that the supper club that's been around since 1942 did not allow him or one of his dinner detectives to examine the kitchen.  Remember, that's what a restaurant had to do if they wanted to be included in "Adventures in Good Eating."  Having good food was simply not enough.  Having an up-to-date modern kitchen with the latest technological culinary advances was another hurdle any restaurant faced if they wanted to get in the book.  Hines didn't make it easy for anyone.
 
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Re: Surviving "Duncan Hines Family" Restaurants 2016/05/22 15:55:20 (permalink)
Of the Brook Forest Inn in Brook Forest, Colorado, Duncan Hines wrote, "Magnificent location in the mountains and forest.  Built on the type of a Swiss chalet."
 
After almost 100 years, it is still in operation and looks to be about the same as when Duncan Hines stayed and dined here.  The restaurant-lodge is now in Evergreen, Colorado; Brook Forest, only four miles away, has been swallowed up by it in the intervening years.
 
Check out the "About Us" section on their website for a tour of the inn.  The restaurant menu is being updated at the moment.  It should be up soon.
 
http://www.thebrookforestinn.com/index.html
 
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