Tuesday, May 25, 2021

A query from Michael C

I received an email with an inquiry about someone' own family history:

"My name is Michael C---,and I have been doing family research and have come to learn my grand-uncle was somewhat of a fixture at your family's restaurant (Kings Hwy). His name was Louis (or Lloyd) but was known to everyone around as "The Goose". What I have heard from multiple sources is that he was always at your family's restaurant and people would come there to meet him, seeking favors and/or money. This side of my family has been a blackhole to me, and while I have made some strides, there is still so much about some of these people I don't know. With The Goose in particular, given his "occupation", I have to get creative in trying to gather information. I was wondering if there was any chance you may have heard any family stories or anything else about him. There was a Mel L. who was an associate of his that also hung around there. Anything you may be willing to share would be greatly helpful and immensely appreciated! Thank you for your time.Respectfully, Michael Cohen" 

Can anyone help Mr. Cohen out?  Anyone heard about "The Goose" - a regular at the King's Highway Dubrow's?

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Photo postcard from 1985

I purchased this off of eBay. What a great photo and also lovely little slice of oral history. The text of the postcard reads: 

"Dear Ethyl and Bill, 
I hope, Ethyl, that you've fully recovered from your accident. Too bad we won't be meeting in the old Dubrow's anymore but a new, smaller version is supposedly coming at the same location. When I walk by, I often get a nostalgic thought about the good old days. 
 Best, Dave"

The Manhattan Dubrow's closed in 1985.  I am not aware of any plans to open a smaller version in the same location, but this definitely did not happen.  

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Soliciting Dubrow's oral history participants!

 Hello Dubrow's cafeteria fans!  I've recently joined the website Megilla which makes it easy to record oral history.  I would love to use it to collect stories from people who enjoyed Dubrow's as a customer or who worked there!  

If you're willing, drop me an email and I'll send you a question to answer.  The website should then prompt you on how to record your story. 



Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Former employee reaches out

A former Dubrow's employee named Louis Adorno reached out via email, having stumbled upon this blog.  He used to work at the Dubrow's in Manhattan in the 60's,  where he says he "washed dishes I got lucky and got asked to work the counter."  He recalled both Max Tobin and Paul Tobin.  He says Max "would get mad when I ate the watermelon and took to many olives" and he recalled taking food to an apartment in Brooklyn after Max died.

Drop a line in the comments if you remember Louis!

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Another Dubrow's reference

My cousin Steven Green sent me this screenshot he found of a reference to Dubrow's in the novel Revolutionaries by Joshua Furst.    While being sold as fiction, it has a character named Abby Hoffman, and it is that character's wife who apparently scrounged for food at Dubrow's.  Who knows whether that really happened or not, but it makes a good story... 


Request from a reader

Larry Paul writes with a request for anyone who remembers Dubrow's using china:

"Can you help me with a series of articles I am writing on cafeterias for a facebook page geared to people who appreciate and collect  restaurant china.

I am working on a post about Dubrow’s, based mostly on your blog spot information. The cafeterias I am writing about used china that was crested for them with ,usually , their trademarks. I went through your blog and found a couple of photos showing china (1940 crew photo &  A. Harriman in 1950’s). The 40’s photo has design border on the cups, and the 50’s photo seems to just have a dark line band. One of the posts on your blog mentions silver flatware that is crested, and I found a tray on WorthPoint with “Dubrow”s” marking. So far I have found no “Dubrow’s” crested china.

My question is - do you know of any china that was crested for Dubrow’s?" 

Anyone able to help Larry Paul out?  Comment on this post!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Letter from Sammy in Brooklyn

I received an email from Sam Chodosh who writes:

"I remember thinking I was all grown up when they gave me my own little card. 

Before that, I just got stuff on my parent’s card.

I loved the water fountain. Even if I wasn’t thirsty, I’d get 4 or 5 glasses of water. 

My friends and I used to go late at night and joke about “where is the next generation of derelicts hanging out at Dubrow’s coming from?” 

Then my cousin walked in with his friends. I was really sad when it closed. My mom took me to see JFK talk, it was really exciting. I was 8, didn’t understand, but it was exciting.

 It was a really fun fun place to eat. Sam (Sammy in Brooklyn)" 

Thanks for sharing, Sammy! I love hearing from people who remember Dubrow's.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Toby's Cafeteria in Miami Beach

I only recently learned that after the last Dubrow's Cafeteria closed, my grandfather Irving Kaplan continued to run three Miami Beach cafeterias called Toby's.


Phillip Pessar on Flickr uploaded this picture and writes: "Anyone remember Toby's Cafeteria? They were a childhood favorite. I always chose turkey and stuffing or fried shrimp and always a side of macaroni and cheese. There were 3 locations. 2695 SW 8 St, 99 SW 12 Ave, and 674 NW 54 St."