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I grew up in the 1950s and the 1960s, living very near the intersection of Reading and Paddock Roads. I want to clear up a misconception of Middle Cincinnati's and to add to the information about the block of Reading Road, near Paddock.
The dinosaur from the Sinclair gas station that temporarily was on the roof of Woodward High School was borrowed (with permission) from the Sinclair gas station by either Marcha Hunley or Bonita Sue Wilkerson for use in advertising the play, The Skin of ur Teeth in fall 1964. (I remember as I had a role in that play and still have the photos in the Woodward Treasures yearbook of 1965).
A few doors down (closer toward downtown) from Loretta's restaurant were Mark's pharmacy and Brenner's grocery. My sisters and I would walk to Mark's pharamcy often (or stop there on the way home from North Avondale elementary school). Going the other direction from Loretta's (toward Bond Hill) was Maish's Skyline Chili (preceded by another place owned by Maish).
Continuing toward Bond Hill on Reading Road were a few streets that we referred to as Debbie Lane; I remember sitting on the swings there.
A friend told me that the Frisch's was known as Mt. Vernon Frisch's because it had wallpaper with a pattern that showed Mr. Vernon (President George Washington's home) -- but I do not know if that is true.
Lenhardt's was one of my favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. Whenever I return I try to eat at Lenhardt's and at Skyline Chili (where I order Chili three ways -- chili, spaghetti and cheese) and to have either Peppermint Stick or Raspberry Chip ice cream at Graeter's.
I enjoyed looking at the photo of the North Avondale library. I, too, spent many hours there.
I grew up near the intersection of Reading and Paddock Road in the 1950s and 1960s. I enjoyed the reminiscence.
I just wanted to clear up a misconception of Middle Cincinnati’s. The Sinclair dinosaur was borrowed (with permission) by Marcha Hunley and/or Bonita Sue Wilkerson to put on the roof of Woodward High School as advertisement for the play “The Skin of Our Teeth” that Drama Club performed in fall 1964. (I had a role in that play and still have the photos in my 1965 Woodward Treasures yearbook.)
On the block of Reading Road on the same side as Loretta’s and the Chinese restaurant (but closer to downtown) were Brenner’s grocery (owned by the Maslov family) and Mark’s pharmacy. My parents would send my sisters and me to pick up items at both places; we would walk from our home; often we read comics in Mark’s pharmacy.
Going toward Bond Hill from Loretta’s (but on the same side of the street) was Maish’s Skyline chili (preceded by another place owned by Maish – I think it was called the **** and the Bull).
Continuing on Reading Road toward Bond Hill on the left hand side were some streets that we referred to as Debbie Lane. I remember the swings in that complex.
Whenever I return to Cincinnati, I eat Chili Three Way (chili, spaghetti and cheese) at Skyline Chili, followed by either Peppermint Stick or Raspberry Chip ice cream at Graeter’s. My favorite restaurant in Cincinnati is still Lenhardt’s where I try to eat dinner every visit. (I do not get to Cincy too often – the last time was in 2003.)
I was told that the Frisch’s on Reading Road in Bond Hill was referred to as Mt. Vernon because its wallpaper depicted the Mt. Vernon home of President George Washington.
Thank you for setting the record straight on the green brontosaurus,
Efkiss. My recollection of the story came from second-hand
accounts - in fact, I don't think we even drove by Woodward HS
the whole time the Sinclair mascot was there.
Mark's Pharmacy does sound familiar, as does the hobby shop,
mentioned in an earlier reply. I only remember Brenner's from
its days on Section and Reading, but it's no surprise to learn that
it moved north from Avondale. Loretta's was apparently a
delicatessen, as pointed out by Blockhead and by my mother.
Loretta's was on the east side, but the Mandarin was on the
South of the Mandarin, near Dana Avenue, was the Weil funeral
home, which has since moved out near Blue Ash. The Belvedere
apartments, mentioned by Blockhead, is on the other side of
Dana. The Belvedere is in a stately 1930's-era mid-rise, very
similar to apartment buildings along Chicago's lake shore. I
seem to remember a florist shop on the ground floor.
I cannot place Maish's at all. Was it north of the armory, across
from Avon Field, near Asmann? You mentioned an area with
swing sets, "Debbie Lane". Was that near the fire house?
Could that have been part of the Avon Field recreational area?
Is Lenhardt's still serving Hungarian food? - I thought that it
had pretty much lost its roots and become more of a campus
Skyline will do, in a pinch, but I usually head to Chili Time or
Camp Washington when in town. As for Graeter's, well, it's
always seemed a little too buttery for my taste: I remain an
EFKiss mentioned that there was a Chinese restaurant
on the same side of the street as Loretta's. There was
a Cantonese-style place with a name similar to "Kali Kai"
on that block in the late 1960's and early 1970's. It may,
in fact, have taken over Loretta's storefront, almost
directly across the street from the Mandarin.
When the norwood lateral was just being built, my brother and friends would play in the dirt piles & walk across the girders spanning Paddock Rd, much to the admonishment of my mother: "Don't go near the expressway." Now, as a parent, i understand the dangers of playing amongst the large dirt mounds and traversing the "naked" girders across the road below.
The Flower Fair at Paddock & laidlaw. the Pure gas station burned one night in the late 50's.
The neighborhood pool on Reading and the Pony keg across from it with greta ice balls in paper cups!
My parents moved to Wyoming the sumnmer I graduated from high school...the beginning of "white flight," which eventually detsroyed the area of Bond Hill.
The Flower Fair was there for years. They always had a colorful
display visible from Paddock. I cannot recall ever going in -
we usually patronized Louis the Florist, which moved from
Avondale to Carthage in the early 1960's. Louis's tetrahedral
storefront, featuring a two-story display window, was very
modern-looking when it opened. Ironically, the stylish new
store was sited just across the street from Cherokee Motors,
with its colossal neon Indian brave.
If you can recall the construction of the Norwood Lateral,
Unctheel, perhaps you know what was there before it? I
remember some streets between Reading and Paddock
becoming cul-de-sacs, but were any houses or business
razed? Most of the area between the Lateral and Tennessee
was industrial - I can recall a Borden's plant and ReadiSpuds,
for example, but have no memory of what lay to the north.
On the northeast corner of Paddock and California there
was a small plaza with Cyrkin's philatelic and Geisel's
butcher shops. Was there a bank in that plaza, as well?
5th/3rd bank on the corner of Paddock & California...Presbyterian church catty corner to it. As for the N Lateral, some houses were razed, and the fire department burned a few of the ones in poorer condition in order to practice fighting blazes. I'm not sure what else was there before that (since my interest was not piqued until the construction began!). I was 8 or 9 at the time, I think. Great ice cream at Bordens, particularly the orange sherbet! The funky glass cubes made part of the building towards the top. Bond Hill extended over to Swifton village to Roselawn Park where we would put pennies on the train track and have the trains "flatten" them! I happened to be in Cincinnati this past week, taking my daughter up to Miami U. Fortunately they have Skyline in Oxford, but I also drove down to Cincy for a Frisch's Big Boy. People outside of Cincinnati don't get what a Frisch's Big Boy is, they equate Frisch's to Shoney's and there is no comparison because the special sauce is not the same. Didn't have time for White Castle or Graeters...maybe next trip! (Good thing I don't live there anymore!)
Unctheel, do you refer to a set of railroad tracks running parallel
to Rhode Island Ave? My memory is sketchy, but those tracks
run east of the Cincinnati Gardens and cross Langdon Farm and
Losantaville at overpasses, continuing on to Section, Galbraith
and points north. Could this be the same line that crosses
Reading just south of Tennessee? - If so, it must veer to the
north somewhere in Norwood.
The stretch of Rhode Island between Dale and Langdon Farm
was only sparsely developed. In the mid-late 1960's there was
a used car dealership, Paul Padget's, on the east side. The well-
known furniture store, Pat and Joe's, may have been there - or
maybe I just remember a billboard advertising their store. On
the west side, north of Langdon Farm, but south of Seymour, was
a boat parts supplier, Sam Hern.
The Cincinnati Gardens used to have a skating rink at its
southern end. We seldom skated there, although the annual
visits of the Shriners' Circus and the Icecapades in the main
building were popular with our family. I can recall attending
at least one Royals basketball game there, back in the days
of Oscar Robertson. I also remember seeing Jimi Hendrix there
in 1968. It may have been a great sports arena, but the Gardens
had dreadful acoustics.
To the east of the Gardens was a chemical plant, maybe called
Grace Chemical. Across from the chemical plant, on the
corner of Langdon Farm and Wiehe, was a small luncheonette.
Just north, on Wiehe, was an fm radio station, WAEF. This gets
into the neighborhood of Golf Manor, which extends east
toward Montgomery Road.
The western terminus of Langdon Farm is at Reading Road,
across from the Maketiwah Country Club, just south of
Woodward High. The area south of the country club has,
arguably, some of the nicest real estate in Bond Hill. The
houses on Oberlin Boulevard, for example, rival what you might
find in North Avondale.
My experience with other Big Boy franchises are similar. I
studied in Ann Arbor, where the regional franchise belonged to
Elias Brothers. It just wasn't the same as Frisch's - more like
the old Carter's chain.
My mistake: the previous post should refer to Seymour,
not to Rhode Island. The two are parallel, and close together,
but the Cincinnati Gardens and the other businesses are
on Seymour. Rhode Island was almost entirely residential.
I should have checked a map prior to posting.
The railroad tracks ran the length of Roselawn Park and I don't think to Tennessee, but instead over to Fenwick Park (Norwood?) to a train depot. There was a clothing store catty corner from the Gardens, I think a local Cincinnati store, but I can't remember the name. The Beatles also performed at the Gardens (accoustics probably did not matter: no one could hear over the thousands of screaming teeny boppers! )
I thought the chemical company was Parke-Davis,.maybe not...I remember the loud whistles when there was an accident in the plant. Eery at night!
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