January 18, 2015
Many thanks to Louis Eisenberg for digging up some old photos of Uncle Louie’s Restaurant which closed almost 10 years ago at Wards Corner. More can be found at the Uncle Louie’s Restaurant Alumni and Friends Facebook page.
You can read a copy of the Uncle Louie’s Restaurant Menu from March 2005 here (PDF).
Entrance to a great time!
Entrance to Uncle Louie’s Bar and Grill from the Dining Room
The famous prop table in the front window of Uncle Louie’s. At times, we had to get that table so we would have seating for two more guests. Uncle Louie’s had 450 seats, The business that Uncle Louie’s would do on some days was absolutely amazing.
Teresa Boyle did a fantastic job creating the chalk menu boards
Uncle Louie’s dining room set for dinner service
Uncle Louie’s dining room set up for lunch service
Uncle Louie’s Banquet and Conference Room was a favorite of local politicians.
The best table in Uncle Louie’s bar and grill overlooked Uncle Louie’s dining room. This was Benjamin Clymer’s favorite table. Ben Clymer was Old Dominion University’s Reference Librarian from 1960 -1981
Art Deco Mural by Bev Sell and Teresa Boyle
First Colony Coffee seal. We served and sold over 100 varieties and flavors of First Colony Coffee.
Uncle Louie’s had one of the best Jewish Delis south of New York City
Uncle Louie’s Desserts were some of the best served in Hampton Roads
Suzy Daffron Allen, One of the Great Uncle Louie’s Bartenders
October 30, 2014
Images and text courtesy of the Virginian-Pilot:
67 years ago (October 29, 1947) 10,000 people crowded into the site labeled as the Midtown Shopping Center. Today, generally, we call the area Wards Corner – as many called it before the Midtown Shopping Center was constructed – and continued to call it after. Those on hand that evening witnessed the formal opening of the Shopping Center which was arranged by the developers, owners and operators of the 20-odd retail outlets there. The Principal speakers for the opening were Lt. Gov. L. Preston Collins, and the Norfolk City Manager C.A. Harrell. A second night of celebrations was scheduled for the 30th with an even larger crowd expected. Photos by Virginian-Pilot photographer Charles Borjes c/o The Sargeant Memorial Collection.
November 8, 2010
"Wards Corner Survives"
The Cromwell Farm/Ellsworth Civic League recently invited Robert B. Hitchings, Head of the Sargeant Memorial Room of the Norfolk Public Library, to give a talk on the History of Wards Corner. The slideshow that went along with the presentation is attached here (PDF).
Should your civic league want to invite Mr. Hitchings to present, he can be reach at:
Sargeant Memorial Room – Main Library
235 East Plume Street
Norfolk, Virginia 23510