Close Cover: Seattle Restaurants, Part Two

This is part two in a series of Seattle restaurant matchbooks.  1. Les Brainard’s New Grove Restaurant Les Brainard was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana and came to Seattle during the Great Depression.  He started working in a restaurant, washing dishes and finally earned enough to purchase the restaurant in which he was working. The…

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Close Cover: Seattle Restaurants, Part One

  1. Ivar’s Acres of Clams & The Captain’s Table Ivar’s Acres of Clams is a Seattle institution. The restaurant, opened by Seattle folk-singer Ivar Hagland, originally opened in 1938, but this incarnation, at the same location, opened in 1946. There are numerous location, but only a few actual restaurants. You can check out their website for…

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Bob Cummings Motor Hotel – Joplin, Missouri

Bob Cummings was a well-known actor of both television and movies. He was born in Joplin, Missouri on June 9, 1910. I will let IMDB give a brief biography for me, as this isn’t really about Bob’s career: Effective light comedian of ’30s and ’40s films and ’50s and ’60s TV series, Robert Cummings was…

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Close Cover: Winner, Winner

This is the first post in a series that will highlight matchbooks from my collection that advertise restaurants, hotels and motels. I will try to keep a theme and limit it to five spots per post to make it easier to dig through later. Some of these places will be once-popular spots and others long…

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Stouffer’s Top of the…Restaurants

A history of every Stouffer’s Top of the…Restaurants built from 1956 to 1979.

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Abra K Dabra: Pizza Magic

Every so often I come across something in my collection that I hadn’t paid much attention to in the past but when I rediscover it I become fascinated and wanted to know more about it. This is a matchbook for a place called Abra K Dabra. There were only two locations listed and it advertised…

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