Originally posted by colt4x5
remember wetson's? i'll never forget!
glen street in glen cove.
right next to a movie theater.
until the late 60s, the city supported three movie theaters (big, cavernous ones where the soundtracks echoed, not the ka-chunk cookie-cutter wannabes of nowadays), a wetson's and the greatest luncheonette on the island: henry's, where they made REAL burgers (as well as their own chocolate bunnies at easter).
my brother hated henry's beause the burgers were too fat and juicy. he only ate burgers from wetson's. he wouldn't even eat a burger mom cooked, unless it was "just like wetson's" ... flat, gray, cooked to within an inch of its life and smothered with ketchup.
wetson's was razed and is now a strip mall.
the theater was razed and is now a gas station.
Colt, I remember that Glen Cove Wetson's too. And of course those great movie theaters as well. The Glen Cove Theater was on one side of it and The Town Theater on the other. I could never keep it straight in my mind which one was which when I was a kid, but have since found out that 'Town' was to the left of Wetson's (and like you said was torn down), and the 'Glen Cove' was to the right of it and that building actually still stands today. It became a CVS for a while and not sure what it's being used for now.
As far as the spot where the Wetson's was, isn't that the same spot where the McDonald's is now? I hated to see Wetson's go at the time, but once I had my first quarter pounder I have to admit I was pretty ok with change.
About the Wetson's burgers, though... you mentioned ketchup but for some reason all I can remember about those things was the mustard on them. I could be way off here because I was a little kid at the time and maybe I'm just not remembering right, but does anyone know if Wetson's used to use mustard as a standard topping on their regular burgers?