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A look at some more old Westfield restaurants

March 17, 2016
By Marybelle Beigh - Westfield Historian , Westfield Republican

"What is in a name? A "rose" by any other name would smell as sweet!" My former friend, named "Rose," was chuckling as she shared a recent quip of one of her customers with me to the effect that she REALLY should sue me for "stealing" the name of her antique store for my ice cream parlor - "Parkview!"

Little did the complainer realize that the REAL reason for my naming Parkview Ice Cream Parlor at 3 East Main was because research had discovered that there used to be a "Park View Restaurant" nearby at 9 East Main. And besides, it was quite logical to name it "Parkview" since the "view" out the front window was of the village "park!"

"Park View Restaurant," A. Vitanza, Proprietor, opened in the Winkleman building in May 1924. Park View advertised the finest meals and catered to couples and tourists from all over the country - California to Michigan to New York. A year later it was purchased by George Lloyd who promised to continue serving quality home-cooked fare. Being the middle of prohibition, it was sad to see stories in 1926 and 1927 of liquor raids at the restaurant, but happily, in September, Park View reopened, under new management, as a "Snappy little restaurant thoroughly cleaned, renovated, redecorated - Good Home Cooking - A Genuine Welcome Awaits You - A. Hartwick, Prop."

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This photo, circa 1925, shows Main Street between Market and Union with Rose’s Restaurant at the left end and Manuel’s Restaurant at the right.

"And did you know," I asked Rose, "that there was another restaurant further down Main Street, named 'Rose's?' In fact, I have a photo from about 1925 that shows "Rose's Restaurant" and "Manuel's Restaurant" in the block between Market and Union streets." An article in the April 23, 1925 Westfield Republican describes the opening of the "New Restaurant on the Row" at which "beautiful roses were given as favors to the ladies." The big surprise in that story is that the proprietor was none other than Anthony "Tony" Caras, who had been running his "Olympian" since 1911.

E. Manuel (Emmanuel?) Trianafellow was one of three Greek restaurant owners in Westfield during the first half of the 1900s. Tony Caras' "Olympian" candy store, ice cream parlor, and luncheonette is probably the best known of the three. Manuel's Restaurant seemed to be more of a "moveable feast" as it was re-opened at 12 Market Street in 1934, after being located in 1925, just opposite where Union Street enters Main Street.

The third Greek-run restaurant was the subject of a recent BeeLines regarding "Sam-the Greek." Research is continuing about Sam Stromboulis. After talking with a few readers who responded to a request for more information, so far only one has provided some more leads. Please contact Marybelle Beigh, or 716-397-9254. Thanks.



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