Saturday, December 20, 2008

Not Bad for 70!



Bogue's restaurant has been a Birmingham institution since 1938!  Unbelievably, I remember sitting at the counter as a little girl drinking the coffee cream from little glass bottles!  Located on  Clairmont Avenue in Birmingham's Lakeview neighborhood they are still open for breakfast and lunch.  Vintage radios adorn the shelves adding to the atmosphere along with old black and white photos on the walls.  It is like stepping back in time.

The Tune du Jour is "It Was a Very Good Year"
by Frank Sinatra

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20 comments:

Benjamin Madison said...

OMG I'd completely forgotten those little glass containers for coffee cream.

Eki Akhwan said...

V, that radio is soooo classic! Reminds me of my childhood ... My grandma used to have a similar radio.

Thanks for sharing this.

Per Stromsjo said...

I suppose there has been a change of ownership once or twice along the seventy year road?

USelaine said...

I'll bet my uncles and aunts had been in there. They would have been kids and teenagers when it opened.

angela said...

Coffee cream? Sounds delicious..

Baruch said...

That radio is a blast from the past!

Julie said...

I won a radio like that - except it was creme - in 1962 when I entered a competition where I had to nominate a popular music touring group with a USA headliner and a couple of Australia acts as openers. It gained me notoreity ...

Tanya said...

I've never heard of a coffee cream before but I do adore that radio! Love that color!

How wonderful to still have a place to go to that is filled with memories from your childhood!

Virginia said...

What I was referring to is cream for coffee. It was served in tiny little glass bottles with a cardboard lid. My dad would let me sip the cream from the bottles. When you are two it's big fun! Ha

JM said...

The Motorola radio is just gorgeous! It's so kitsch, love the colour!

Therese said...

A very good looking vintage radio. Is Motorola going to be a vintage Company that's another question! Could not avoid the joke sorry.

Wayne said...

I remember those mini glass bottles now but I have not thought of them even once since they disappeared. At some point the cream started to come in an odd 3-D triangular paper thing with a removable tab to pour out the cream.

The style and colour of this radio is classic. I had a transistor radio I could carry in my shirt pocket when I was 11 or 12. I wish I'd hung on to it.

Thanks for reminding me of how old I am CLW. I'm going to have a nap.

babooshka said...

The coffee cream in bottles is a new one on on me. A fortune would be paid in the uk for the clock and the radio, and yes that would be me. I think it's the first lime green one I have seen. Kitsch the word, not grease.

Marie-Noyale said...

I would love to visit that place.
This colored radio makes me think of Peyton Place!! Don't know why!
And Yes, you understood well ,
Olivier is in NY and so happy to see it with a white cover!!I am supposed to see him Monday.

Laurie said...

Okay, Virg... when I suddenly descend upon Birmingham for our photo and dining extravaganze, I want to go here for a cherry phosphate!

Bob Crowe said...

Such perfect details, rather than a wide view, make these a perfect representation of the restaurant. Does the radio still work?

I see you have reached 50 followers (and I count myself among them). Congratulations. I think that qualifies as a cult.

Rambling Round said...

Sounds like a good place to hang out!

Virginia said...

Bob,
HA! And what a wonderful, wacky cult it is. Just don't drink the Kool-Aid.

Laurie, No cherry phosphates (what the heck is that??? Sounds dangerous) but the sweet cook can put you in some grits, sister.

Marie-Noyale, Give Olivier my very best and tell him to head south! You come too as the translator! Ha You know how my French is.

Hey Grinch,
There is not one present wrapped and under my tree. It looks like you have already blown through here!
CLW
(Anyone figured that out yet? Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two- ofcourse!) Wayne and I are dorky like that. Amazing that we have "found" each other right??? Scary actually.

Bibi said...

My grandmother had a dark green one like this on our kitchen table, and my first transistor was just this color! Oh, flashback!

marley said...

Cool design and Frank too! What could be better?! :)