...and a request for Main Street photos showing at least the Yankee Rebel and later businesses at that site
One of the readers who called the Westfield Historian regarding the typographical error about who really owned and ran Anthony's at the 5, 7, 9, 11 Main St. location formerly occupied by Pinter's and Miller's Restaurants was Jim Blanchard. Blanchard, who has been active in many local restaurants in Westfield and the surrounding villages, provided more leads about several short-term establishments in that space, after noting the proprietor of Anthony's was Anthony Calarco, not Anthony Baideme. Note the correction and apology in BeeLines published on Thursday, Aug. 30 2012.
A search for photos showing businesses on the north side of E. Main St., between N. Portage and the V.A. Kent 1922 Building at 15-17 E. Main St., showed Anthony's first occupied only the former site of Miller's Restaurant at 9-11 E. Main, about 1965. In that photo, only the name "Anthony's" replaced "Miller's" on the glassy exterior faade, and Pinter's still occupies 5-7 E. Main. By 1975-76, photos of the same area show Anthony's extending across all four addresses - 5, 7, 9 and 11 E. Main - and the glassy art-deco exteriors of both Pinter's and Miller's restaurants have been replaced by a stone-work faade. A tall vertical sign - ANTHONY'S - overhanging the sidewalk at the entrance to 5-7 E. Main has replaced the plethora signs on the exteriors, windows and over the sidewalk from the 1950s and 1960s.
This photo starts at N. Portage St., and shows the Executive Barber Shop of Vince Vacanti at no. 1, the Fashion Bug at no. 3.
"There was a short-lived 'All You Can Eat' restaurant about 1996," Blanchard commented in a phone conversation shortly after the Pinter's article ran in BeeLines on Thursday, Aug. 23. Blanchard recalled it probably didn't last even a year, a point which seems to be corroborated by the lack of any listing in either the 1996 or 1997 Westfield phone books.
The Westfield Republican of Jan. 25, 1996 ran a detailed story, "New Restaurant To Open In Westfield" by Peggy Cole. According to Cole, "All You Can Eat" was the actual name of the restaurant, "because that is what the place is all about. You can eat all you want for one price." Maybe that is why the restaurant didn't last long. The menu consisted of whatever the daily special was - fried chicken, Mexican dishes and Italian entrees - as well a seven-days-a-week pizza buffet and a dessert buffet. One price gave access to all that was available each day, even custom made pizza for those who didn't see what they wanted at the buffet, no extra charge. Of course, because of this, the only take-outs would be pizzas.
In the Feb. 22, 1996 Republican, All You Can Eat restaurant was declared open on Main St. in what used to be the Yankee Rebel. According to the January article the building had stood vacant for five years after the Yankee Rebel closed, until Stan Martain of Mayville purchased it in November 1995 and invited his brother Artie, from Tulsa, to join him in the enterprise. They even had blueberry pizza on their dessert buffet.
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Blanchard also recalled that another pizza, wings and subs restaurant called Saprito's was located at 5-7 E. Main sometime after All You Can Eat folded. Ads for Saprito's appeared in the 1998 and 1999 Westfield phone books, serving lunch and dinner. But by 2000, Saprito's was no longer listed, just a simple one-line listing for Betty's Family Restaurant at 7 E. Main, which was again found in the 2001 Westfield phone book. There being no 2002 phone book available at the Patterson Library - if a reader has one they would be willing to donate, that would be very much appreciated - it is not known whether Betty's Family Restaurant was still running long enough to make that year's listings.
In 2003, no business was located in the phone book at either 5-7 E. Main or 9-11 E. Main. But something was happening inside 5-7 when the current Westfield Historian first arrived back home in Westfield later that year and she discovered a high school classmate hard at work remodeling the space for his daughter to open Caf Barista - her favorite type of restaurant.
No photos or photo postcards have been yet been found showing any of the businesses that were located in 5, 7, 9 and 11 E. Main since one dated from the 1980s when the Fashion Bug was at 3 E. Main, which had replaced the community center which was at that address in the early 1970s. So the Westfield Historian is requesting reader input for photo documentation of that area of E. Main between the 1980s and present, 2012. Thank you very much.