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  1. #1
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    Feb 2007
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    Brevard

    For Old Dukies Only

    Anyone remember the Blue Light, East Campus, Toddle House, Maola's, or that place where you read comics with your pizza? Just curious?

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    Feb 2007
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    Forest Hills, NY
    Quote Originally Posted by dukepsy1963 View Post
    Anyone remember the Blue Light, East Campus, Toddle House, Maola's, or that place where you read comics with your pizza? Just curious?
    Bat's? The Ivy Room?

  3. #3
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    Watching carolina Go To HELL!
    Quote Originally Posted by duke74 View Post
    Bat's? The Ivy Room?
    That was Bat's, aka Anna Maria's. Bat died several years ago and the place is long gone. But "spag with balls!" will live on forever!
    Ozzie, your paradigm of optimism!

    Go To Hell carolina, Go To Hell!
    9F 9F 9F
    http://www.EGLEW.com


  4. #4
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    Feb 2007
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    Charleston, SC
    dang it's an oldies thread and BAT's is in it! it closed after my freshmen year but i went twice. what a joint.

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    I was a frequent customer at Bat's for Anna's veal parmagiana, ice-cold PBRs, and comic books--and often enjoyed talking sports with Bat when he wasn't serenading the house or on the phone with his bookie; I ran into Bat and Anna and their daughter at La Guardia several years after I graduated, and was amazed at how well they remembered individual students in our circle of friends. Mayola's was a small, traditional NC restaurant around the corner from Bat's, and was about the only place within walking distance from East Campus for a freshman to take a date for a regular sit-down dinner on special occasions like Homecoming or Joe College Weekend. (For more informal dates, especially with girls from up north, the Ivy Room a block closer to East Campus was a decent option, though what they charged for "imported beer" and tried to pass off as a corned beef sandwich was criminal.) The Toddle House was across the street from Mayola's, and was the post-midnight destination of choice--actually there was no other post-midnight choice, unless you had a car and could navigate to Honey's without getting arrested--for hungry drunks; after 2 a.m., it was like walking into a Fellini film, populated by a motley assortment of jocks, Greeks, hippies, rednecks, bums, and characters from the local underworld. Good times...

  6. #6
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    Mar 2007
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    New Orleans
    Mayola's was the frat hangout. Closed circa 1970, replaced by University Grill.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2007
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    Brevard

    Bat...ah yes...

    Bat...ah yes, thanks for reminding me. What a wonderful guy. Always friendly to us "boys." I remember the comics were stained with sauce and sometimes bearly readable! Many an hour there... and the other places too...especially late at night. And you could actually drive to the "Hill" without hitting a single stoplight! Kinda nice drive, as I recall. Not so now though. I used to play in a rock band with some "Heels" on weekends and drove it quite a lot.

  8. #8
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    Feb 2007
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    Louisville KY
    What about the black "shoe polish" he used to dye his hair with! My fraternity had him come and do a routine sans guitar with "special" lyrics to popular songs. I think Sonny Jorgenson still had the record for slices eaten. What about the hot dog place Amos and Andy's-4 to 6 all-the-way could cure anything, sitting on the wooden Coke boxes in the back!

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    Feb 2007
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    Newport News, VA

    Anna Maria's - The Beginning

    Originally, Bat's was in a big old house behind East Campus. I think that that was the first Pizza in Durham. It was certainly the first I ever had. I was about 12 so that would make it around 1956. You read comic books in their living room until your pizza was ready and then moved into the dining room to eat.

  10. #10
    Well thanks alot. Now I find out I'm old. Merry Christmas to you, too. Bats was our favaorite place, it had that charm you will never find at an "Olive Garden" The people and the pizza were real, not plastic.

  11. #11
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    Feb 2007
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    Walnut Creek, California
    Quote Originally Posted by Stray Gator View Post
    The Toddle House was across the street from Mayola's, and was the post-midnight destination of choice--actually there was no other post-midnight choice, unless you had a car and could navigate to Honey's without getting arrested--for hungry drunks; after 2 a.m., it was like walking into a Fellini film, populated by a motley assortment of jocks, Greeks, hippies, rednecks, bums, and characters from the local underworld. Good times...

    Well, the Tod was OK, but if you had a car, the 'best' post-date night eatery was Foy's Grill on Chapel Hill St., just before Duke University Drive splits off. I think it is now a union hall.

    I put 'best' in quotes, because it was the funkiest place around. It never had anything better than a B health rating. Old man Foy would work the eggs smoking a cigarette with a long ash. I once saw him drop the ash in someone's scrambled eggs and keep on stirring. Mrs. Foy wasn't much better. Still, the late night breakfast stuff was great. There was no place else where you could get brains and eggs. They did eggs (any way you wanted), bacon, sausage and ham just right. Everything came with fries and toast. It was the greasiest of greasy spoons and I ate there about 3 times a week my senior year after the women's dorms closed on East. I don't think they sold anything beyond the fries that would qualify as a fruit or a veg.

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    Blue Light

    Quote Originally Posted by dukepsy1963 View Post
    Anyone remember the Blue Light, East Campus, Toddle House, Maola's, or that place where you read comics with your pizza? Just curious?

    If you venture into Sam's Quik Shop (in the old Blue Light location -- BTW great beer and wine selection), look up behind the registers.

    They still have one of the menu boards on the wall. Vintage.

  13. #13
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    Meeting with Marie Laveau

    Mayola's new name

    Quote Originally Posted by dkbaseball View Post
    Mayola's was the frat hangout. Closed circa 1970, replaced by University Grill.
    Mayola's was on Gregson. Anotherthyme took over the old Mayola's location, not University Grill. The UG was on Main St. Spent many hours at the UG. Got to know George, the owner and his dad Mr. Jimmy, pretty well... George was a groomsman in my wedding. The UG is something else now, too. Sawyer and Moore was also on Main St. not far from the UG.. a great store which carried all sorts of things.

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    Nov 2007
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    Meeting with Marie Laveau

    What about...

    Do you remember Tops? It was a hamburger joint on the corner near East. Maybe you got your shirts done at the Jack Rabbit. How about the Donut Dinette near East... very small place, but fabulous donuts.

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    Feb 2007
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    Walnut Creek, California
    Quote Originally Posted by Devil in the Blue Dress View Post
    How about the Donut Dinette near East... very small place, but fabulous donuts.
    Yeah, but it had a whites only policy, not to mention odd pricing: 1 donut for 7 cents, two for 15 cents. Of course, you got to watch the donuts floating in the fryer lake with the baker gingerly trying to keep from burning himself from the spatter.

  16. #16
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    Feb 2007
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    Louisville KY
    Does anyone remember the pizza place off East where the owner was wheelchair-bound? It's the only za place where the cheese was so hot, it blistered the roof of my mouth on every first bite.

  17. #17
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    Feb 2007
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    Raleigh

    Old Dukies

    Quote Originally Posted by sbpollo View Post
    Does anyone remember the pizza place off East where the owner was wheelchair-bound? It's the only za place where the cheese was so hot, it blistered the roof of my mouth on every first bite.
    Pizza Palace.

  18. #18
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    Feb 2007
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    Hudson Valley

    Bats

    Quote Originally Posted by OZZIE4DUKE View Post
    That was Bat's, aka Anna Maria's. Bat died several years ago and the place is long gone. But "spag with balls!" will live on forever!
    I went to Bat's after a Four Seasons concert during my Freshman year and the Boys from Jersey were there - sitting in the back with Bat over pizza and beer.

    Jim
    T '70

  19. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Tappan Zee Devil View Post
    I went to Bat's after a Four Seasons concert during my Freshman year and the Boys from Jersey were there - sitting in the back with Bat over pizza and beer.

    Jim
    T '70
    Frankie Valli was a next-door neighbor of Bat's in Jersey. They knew each other for many, many years.

    Bat (Benny Malanga) moved to Durham in the early 50's. He had been a brick mason in New Jersey. He plied that trade when he first came to Durham. His daughter, Angie, had an "incurable" disease. The Doctors at Duke Hospital cured her. She grew up and bore Bat a granddaughter who was the apple of his eye.

    Bat loved Duke and Duke students. He hired them, fed them and entertained them. Many times a Dukie would be fed for no charge when he or she was short of cash. Bat had a heart of gold. When Duke closed down for the Winter break, he and Anna would drive down to Florida. Bat loved the track and would come back refreshed and lighter in the wallet.

  20. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Pizza Palace.
    Pizza Palace of Durham was on Chapel Hill Street, just down (west) from Amos 'n Andy's. About a block and a half east was The Palms - where Parris intersected Chapel Hill St. A little further east was the movie theater that was torn down and became Home Savings & Loan.

    How about the Criterion Theater? Remember that? Showed the skin flicks.

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