Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Dubrow's across politics

I am learning that Dubrow's Cafeteria was loved by people of all political beliefs, as well as by people of different cultures and religions. To me, this is one of the wonderful things about a restaurant, especially a cafeteria-style restaurant. It brings the community together, and some things become bigger than politics.

Here's two blogs I've found that represent the spectrum of political opinions, but that both mention a love of Dubrow's.

In Down with Tyranny, kenniny writes: "I've met every Democratic president since a horse in JFK's "motorcade" stepped on my foot in front of Dubrow's Cafeteria on Kings Highway when I was a child." (Nov 4, 2005)

On the other end of the political spectrum, Linda SoG writes that among her Brooklyn memories is one of "...going round and round the revolving door at Dubrow's Cafeteria under the El on the Highway."

Two vantage points by two different people who share a love of the same city and a restaurant - isn't that what community is all about?


Joe Mama said...

Eve: Keep the memory alive. Dubrow's was definitely one of a kind. I remember the Kings Highway location very well. Also one on Eastern Parkway, as I recall from my early youth. For whatever reasons, cafeterias just didn't survive in the NY area. Probably because of fast food chains. I was surprised to see cafeterias flourish in Texas in the early '80s, although, they're not as common as they once were. Must have something do do with a demand for having decent food at a reasonable price.

Eve said...

Thanks for coming over, and thanks for the link!

It seems like Dubrow's was a part of a different era of NYC - it lasted awhile (30 years!) but ultimately seems to have fallen victim to the demise of the garment industry and the gentrification of the real estate.

Anonymous said...

This made me remember when I saw Hubert Humphrey speak in front of the Kings Highway Dubrow's. That was the heyday of that area and Dubrow's was a focal point of the community. I wonder where you would find photos of that event.

Fawn said...

Glad to see you're back in the game here, very interesting stuff!