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Old Posted Dec 31, 2011, 4:15 AM
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Don't live in Winnipeg but do have a favorite memory. I believe this was the first 7-11 I ever went too, and my grandmother forbid me from going there. Was always there througout my youth.. late 1970's I believe.

It's on south Pembina..



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Old Posted Dec 31, 2011, 6:13 AM
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Yes, but very briefly. On King Edward, then Whytewold. I could tell you about the old Piggly Wiggly on Portage @ Collegiate, the old Kings & Classic theatres.

My best memory was the old motorcycle track out on Sturgeon Rd. (Grace Hospital site). Fishing off the old wood bridge on School Rd. Watching the planes takeoff from Stevenson's Field, you could almost count the rivets on the belly. The little store on Saskatchewan (west of Sturgeon) that was cut into the mud, kept their drinks on ice and if you took a big gulp, 'instant brain freeze'. Old Chip stand on Ness by Berry, two bits for a big bag. Taking the street car to the 'end of the line' at Silver Heights. Going to the old A&W with car hops out in Kirkfield Park next to the old Motel. Riding the 'Monkey Hills' along the Assiniboine River in City Park and the ones at Oman's Creek.

Damn, sure kicking the cobwebs today!
Holy, you must have seen it all! I'm only 18
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No, not really. Never been to Alaska or New York City, but I've been to Mammoth Springs, AK and Plum Coulee, MB. By the time I was 18, I was half way around the USA, and thinking about Vietnam.
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any garbage hill memories?
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any garbage hill memories?
You talking Saskatchewan dump behind Anthes-Imperial Foundry?

Used to take the girls up to the top with my motorcycles, given them a view of the City, have a few beers. Don't try going down the West side (Empress) to take a short cut, to many drop-offs, wet grass and Oman's Creek does have a couple of feet of water in it.

Someone should put a restaurant on top! (Hint!)
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You talking Saskatchewan dump behind Anthes-Imperial Foundry?

Used to take the girls up to the top with my motorcycles, given them a view of the City, have a few beers. Don't try going down the West side (Empress) to take a short cut, to many drop-offs, wet grass and Oman's Creek does have a couple of feet of water in it.

Someone should put a restaurant on top! (Hint!)
Or make it higher!
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Or make it higher!
It used to be higher, but the weight of the mud on top started filling in the void on the west side called Omand's Creek and also pushed up the buildings in the area and CP tracks. As it sits now, the posts on top used to be telephone poles, now they only stick out of the ground 3 feet.(pun)

The whole 'mountain' floats on a base of un-compacted garbage and still gives off gas. The area closer to Anthes is a bit more stable because the slag and cinders was compacted more.

Putting a restaurant up there would be cool, but the City won't let anyone develop the area because of the previous administration's screw-up. If a vendor went up there with a hot dog cart, the City would shut the road down.
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Playing video games at Syd's carousel in Kildonan Place (my best friend and I sneaking on the bus to go to KP).
Syd's Carousel was actually across Regent in the Crossroads Shopping Centre (between Woolco and Safeway). A satellite Long John Silver's was in KP (with the main one, of course, on Portage where Air Canada Park is now).
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Syd's Carousel was actually across Regent in the Crossroads Shopping Centre (between Woolco and Safeway). A satellite Long John Silver's was in KP (with the main one, of course, on Portage where Air Canada Park is now).
Old Syd's was located next to the Safeway, out the west door of Woolco, along with Sal's and CIBC bank.

Did you ever have occasion to go to Mother's at Rougeau and Regent where the Royal Bank is now. Or, Shakey's Pizza where the Pony Corral is now on Nairn. Or, have a Manager's Special from Dal's Pizza, or better still, go with the Folks to the Dal's sit-down restaurant on Bond & Victoria.

Anyone old enough to remember the "Pink Panther Disco" down in the basement at Regent Park Shopping Center, cage dancers and all. NOTE*** They're having a re-union Dance on June 22nd and will have all the old great 'Dance' Bands. Note to Burt C. looking for you to do a walk-on/maybe a song or two, get a hold of Jean D.

I could mention the old Rancho Don Carlo on Donald Street South, but then, I would also have to add Mama Trossi's on Pembina @ Chevrier and the special tea that they served with a 'kick'. Aunt Sally's Tea Room on the riverside of Henderson had a similar variety, served after 10 PM to the people who dealt cards and rolled dice, owned by a prominent law professional's mother (tuition was a bitch, even in those days). Jack's on Main had more business on Fri - Sunday, then most business did all week. If you knew the doorman at the Joint around the corner, you wouldn't get the door slammed in your face, like the boys in blue. Moving further up Main was the Oasis, where the old City Markets used to be; Oscar's Corned Beef up at Mountain/St. John's; Ranch House up in WK @ Belmont; Rene's @ 1817 Main; Bert's Corn Beef House @ Burin; Foy's up at Armstrong; and last but no least, the little Chip Shack at Templeton bus turn-around. And I probably left out 25 0n Main street too, like the old Bus barns cafeteria at McAdam, open all night except between 3 and 4 am.

Can anyone name all the Salisbury House locations?
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Old Syd's was located next to the Safeway, out the west door of Woolco, along with Sal's and CIBC bank.

Did you ever have occasion to go to Mother's at Rougeau and Regent where the Royal Bank is now. Or, Shakey's Pizza where the Pony Corral is now on Nairn. Or, have a Manager's Special from Dal's Pizza, or better still, go with the Folks to the Dal's sit-down restaurant on Bond & Victoria.

Anyone old enough to remember the "Pink Panther Disco" down in the basement at Regent Park Shopping Center, cage dancers and all. NOTE*** They're having a re-union Dance on June 22nd and will have all the old great 'Dance' Bands. Note to Burt C. looking for you to do a walk-on/maybe a song or two, get a hold of Jean D.

I could mention the old Rancho Don Carlo on Donald Street South, but then, I would also have to add Mama Trossi's on Pembina @ Chevrier and the special tea that they served with a 'kick'. Aunt Sally's Tea Room on the riverside of Henderson had a similar variety, served after 10 PM to the people who dealt cards and rolled dice, owned by a prominent law professional's mother (tuition was a bitch, even in those days). Jack's on Main had more business on Fri - Sunday, then most business did all week. If you knew the doorman at the Joint around the corner, you wouldn't get the door slammed in your face, like the boys in blue. Moving further up Main was the Oasis, where the old City Markets used to be; Oscar's Corned Beef up at Mountain/St. John's; Ranch House up in WK @ Belmont; Rene's @ 1817 Main; Bert's Corn Beef House @ Burin; Foy's up at Armstrong; and last but no least, the little Chip Shack at Templeton bus turn-around. And I probably left out 25 0n Main street too, like the old Bus barns cafeteria at McAdam, open all night except between 3 and 4 am.

Can anyone name all the Salisbury House locations?
Theres an ANCIENT one on Ellice and Roseberry. Seriously, it looks like some abandoned diner in the middle of nowhere
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Syd's Carousel was actually across Regent in the Crossroads Shopping Centre (between Woolco and Safeway). A satellite Long John Silver's was in KP (with the main one, of course, on Portage where Air Canada Park is now).
That's right, mixed the two up, thanks! There was also Saratoga on Regent....
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Theres an ANCIENT one on Ellice and Roseberry. Seriously, it looks like some abandoned diner in the middle of nowhere
That one is quite nice inside. They did extensive renovations 10 years back or so. Went into the one in the Dominion Shopping Centre a while back. That one is nasty inside. Don't think they've done anything to it since I was a young kid going there with my parents.
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And I probably left out 25 0n Main street too, like the old Bus barns cafeteria at McAdam, open all night except between 3 and 4 am.
That was shut down over 10 years ago when Transit contracted out operations. The barn is off limits to the pubic now, and closed down completely on the weekend.
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Theres an ANCIENT one on Ellice and Roseberry. Seriously, it looks like some abandoned diner in the middle of nowhere
Absolutely, was a Sal's drive in at one time in the '60's and was in competition with the A&W on the SW corner of Roseberry/Ellice. The guys from Bristol Aero and Ray-o-vac across the street kept it busy all night long.

In early 50's to mid 60's, Sal's was at:

N/W Portage & Spence, next to CBC.
S/W Notre Dame @ Arlington
N/W Notre Dame @ Flint
S/W Portage @ Camden
N/W Corydon @ Wilton
N/W Broadway @ Main (bsmt Ft Garry Courts)
N/W Osborne @ Morley in the old Piggly Wiggly
Pembina & Stafford
S/E Main & Matheson
Garry St. S of Portage Parkaide
S/E Broadway & Donald
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That one is quite nice inside. They did extensive renovations 10 years back or so. Went into the one in the Dominion Shopping Centre a while back. That one is nasty inside. Don't think they've done anything to it since I was a young kid going there with my parents.
It's definitely nice inside (tried getting a job there). Too bad the outside looks bad. Although that concrete slab is good for waiting for the 14
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I could mention the old Rancho Don Carlo on Donald Street South,
Actually, Rancho Don Carlos was on Pembina near Grant, just north of where McDiarmid Lumber is now.
Interesting about the Pink Panther disco though. I'd never heard of that.
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Mentions of long-lost arcades really make me miss the downtown Winnipeg of my youth. Saratoga, Mother's, that dive in the basement across from the Bay whose name escapes me, Magicland, and so many others I've probably forgotten.

Spending a Saturday in the late 80s wandering around downtown, blowing quarters everywhere, buying comics (Bookfair! Comic World between those 2 massive columns on Portage!), risking a visit into O'Calcutta (scary! knives and bongs!), checking out long-abandoned railway tracks north of Portage, sneaking into the old PTE buildings when they were still vaguely in use... downtown was at the very tail end of its "glory days" and beginning its long slide into 1990s shittiness just as I discovered most of it. There were so few "street people" back then. I don't recall ever even being asked for change as a kid, let alone feeling remotely unsafe. It seems strange today to imagine barely teenaged kids from the suburbs wandering around unescorted.

Of course in the past 10 years so much has changed downtown that other than the major landmarks, I hardly recognize it when I visit. Most of the wonderfully gitty seediness that I loved is long gone, either replaced with something new and shiny or fully collapsed into legitimate crap. But goddamn if the Met isn't still a rotting corpse. At least that's been a constant.
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that dive in the basement across from the Bay whose name escapes me
I always like Las Vegas Amusements. Played many games of pool there in the 80's. It got seedier through the 90's though.
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freeweed u mean vaugn street billiards?

the mets not a rotting corps its been on life support for 20 yrs and is currently undergoing work... the little building beside it was torn down this week
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