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Old 12-01-2010, 08:19 PM
 
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My mother and I used to ride the bus to downtown Pgh. and we walked all over - Kaufmann's, Joseph Hornes, Gimbels, Murphy's, Woolworths, Isaly's and Donahues. We used to eat at the lunch counter at Donahues. Downtown Pgh. was wonderful back in the 60's, and 70's when I was growing up. A market similar to that would probably be successful nowadays. People would love to purchase the fresh and bulk food items.
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Old 02-27-2011, 10:30 PM
 
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My uncles mother worked at Donahoe's around 1925... In fact I have 4 employee magazines published by the Donahoe's employees association. They are volume one , number one, two, three, and four. Printed in June, July, August, & September 1925. One of my favorite articles talks about Donahoe's buttermilk which is guaranteed in compliance with the eighteenth amendment!!! Lol, took me a second to realize what they meant...
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:51 AM
 
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I also remember Donahue's in 1950's and 1960's. My Grandmother worked downtown Pittsburgh and when we would visit, she would bring home Italian Cheesecake form Donahues. I vaguely remember going to the store. I thought it was a bakery because the cheesecake came in a bakery box with string wrapped around it (but in those days all bakeries packed goods the same way (this is a lost art)). I loved that cheescake as it was baked in an angelfood pan and had light dusting of graham cracker all around it and it was very high and light, like an angel food cake. I have been searching for a recipe for that italian cheescake for many years and have not found one. Gives me an idea, email Pittsburgh Press...I miss the old city "downtowns of the 50's and 60's. It was great fun getting on a bus and going "downtown".
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Old 04-07-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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I have been looking for a recipe for the Donahue's Italian Cheesecake that they used to make. It was high and light and baked in an angel food cake pan and had light dusting of graham cracker around it. It was the best! I have searched for many years for a recipie that resembles this and cannot find one. Do you have any idea where I can get this recipe? Thanks so much.
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Old 04-07-2011, 12:08 PM
 
Location: ELFS
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I have been looking for a recipe for the Donahue's Italian Cheesecake that they used to make. It was high and light and baked in an angel food cake pan and had light dusting of graham cracker around it. It was the best! I have searched for many years for a recipie that resembles this and cannot find one. Do you have any idea where I can get this recipe? Thanks so much.
I don't know anything about Donahoe's but what makes "Italian" cheescake Italian is the substitution of ricotta cheese for cream cheese. Here's one recipe for a torta di ricotta: http://lisetta.wordpress.com/2009/03...ta-di-ricotta/. There's also one in Marcella Hazan's Essentials of Italian Cooking or More Classic Italian Cooking.

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Old 09-03-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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I just walked past a building in Manchester this morning that had the name "Donahoe's Foods" at the very top of the building painted in the brick. Of course it's very faded at this point, but still readable. I came online to look and see if there was any info on this business as I had never heard of it. Funny, I'm a life-long Pittsburgher but that name I just don't remember. The building looks as if it could've been a warehouse location for Donahoe's, or maybe a marketplace.
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Old 09-03-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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My mother and I used to ride the bus to downtown Pgh. and we walked all over - Kaufmann's, Joseph Hornes, Gimbels, Murphy's, Woolworths, Isaly's and Donahues. We used to eat at the lunch counter at Donahues. Downtown Pgh. was wonderful back in the 60's, and 70's when I was growing up. A market similar to that would probably be successful nowadays. People would love to purchase the fresh and bulk food items.
I remember trips to the city from Aliquippa in the 50's and 6O.'s and going to all those places. Pittsburgh certainly had a vibrant downtown back then. I remember all the little stores and a good bakery in the Jenkins Arcade also. I don't remember Donahoe's lunch counter, but recall the cafeteria very well. It was a real treat to go there!
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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I think a remember a Donna Hoe nearby my house during my childhood.....But then again, she's probably dead by now.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: ELFS
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I remember trips to the city from Aliquippa in the 50's and 6O.'s and going to all those places. Pittsburgh certainly had a vibrant downtown back then. I remember all the little stores and a good bakery in the Jenkins Arcade also. I don't remember Donahoe's lunch counter, but recall the cafeteria very well. It was a real treat to go there!
I wish Jenkins Arcade were still there.
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Old 09-03-2011, 06:10 PM
 
Location: City of McKeesport
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I think a remember a Donna Hoe nearby my house during my childhood.....But then again, she's probably dead by now.
LOL

I think I saw her on Chartiers Avenue last night.
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