Monday, January 16, 2012
In his book “Growing Up In Wellsville” Ron Price quoted Mock Walker. A former Village resident told us he remembered Mr. Walker saying “his dad use to own the little restaurant next to the old fire station”. We didn't know Walker but we recalled the “restaurant” next to the old fire station. It has long been closed and the building was demolished just a couple of years ago. We don't ever recall it being open.
Our good friends Bonny & Brass filled us in on a little history of the place. Bonny said it was a car hop restaurant where customers pulled in to the parking lot in the back. Then the restaurant employees would come out, take your order and bring it out to you.
Brass told us there was a house there at one time that served as a convent for the nuns when the old fire station was Wellsville's Catholic church. Later it was the office of one of the village's early dentists, Dr. Hamlin Barnes. He later moved up to the little house that still stands at the corner of 8th & Main. Before the restaurant was built it was a used car lot owned by a Mr. Coleman.
Bob Lloyd provided the picture above showing what it use to look like. We don't have a date on the picture but it was before the addition was built on the library. We tried to duplicate the angle of the first picture with one that shows what it looks like today. Thanks to all that contributed.
What a difference a couple of decades can make....
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