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 Post subject: Beverly Gardens "Restaurant" in Old Metairie
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Beverly Gardens "Restaurant" was a vaguely disguised gambling casino in Old Metairie, (on Metairie Road, I think) near or at Beverly Garden Drive, operated by D. J. Tranchina. Jazz greats such as Armand Piron played there. I think it was the predecessor of what became the Beverly Playhouse in Old Jefferson -- neither of which are DNM. Can anyone tell us more about the old Beverly Gardens in Old Metry?

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 Post subject: Re: Beverly Gardens "Restaurant" in Old Metairie
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I asked my mother-in-law, who lived in Metairie from the time she was 5, some 80 years ago, and she didn't know of it. She mentioned somebody else who has some sort of gambling facility, Gruber, don't know the spelling.


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 Post subject: Re: Beverly Gardens "Restaurant" in Old Metairie
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AHA! That explains why I keep finding cryptic ads for "Gruber" that say only stuff like "Visit Gubers" with no address or any other indication of what it was about.

Would you mind asking the dear lady if she remembers Fagot's Grocery with the gambling hall on the second floor? I'm trying to figure out if the building still exists (Met. Rd at Met Heights by Fagot St -- I think it might be the used book store). And I'm almost certain the upstairs was called Metairie Inn.

I'd also like to know exactly where Victory Inn was along Met. Rd. I do know it moved to Southport later.

Any help would be much appreciated.

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"dear lady"?!?!? :lol: I doubt if she has EVER been called that in her life! She has an amazing memory for someone who will turn 85 next week. She just retired about a month ago, and I KNOW she would be thrilled to death for me to take her to meet you for lunch sometime and you can ask her whatever you want. She has been telling stories in the last few months from long, long ago that she has never mentioned before. They lived off Metairie Rd closer to the Orleans parish line, I think Carrollton or Lake. But I'll ask her about Fagot. Coincidentally, "Uncle Sam" Fagot appears in my family tree. I remember my grandmother telling me that she went with her parents to see Uncle Sam's Plantation shortly before it was demolished to move the levee. What she remembers is that she had on a white rabbit jacket, and fell into a mud puddle. She was NOT happy!


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I'd love to treat you both to lunch and have a chat with your MIL. Please let me know when she's up for it.

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Mr. Lake wrote:
I'd love to treat you both to lunch and have a chat with your MIL. Please let me know when she's up for it.

She's up for it any time! I'll check her schedule. Any particular days better for you?


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Can't do next week but the following, any day, should work for me.

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She has been telling stories in the last few months from long, long ago that she has never mentioned before.


My SO's father is 85 years young today and we are going to his birthday party....in the bar that he frequents! Sometimes when it is just he and I, he will tell me stories that he heard from his father and grandfather about the family settling their Indian allotment in Pryor, Oklahoma. I grew up hearing stories of the old days in New Orleans, but this is an entirely different facet of our country's history and I find it fascinating.


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