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Fastcarsfreedom
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Post Number: 158
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 5:00 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The former Top Hat Supper Club, a fixture in downtown Windsor for decades is slated for demolition to make way for a Burger King. Together with it's Tails entertainment lounge, Top Hat served steaks in ribs in the shadow of the popular Tunnel Bar-B-Q--from it's location at the corner of University Avenue and Freedom Way. The venerable restaurant was closed following the death of the patriarch of the Brkovich family in 2005. The existing Burger King location across from the Tunnel Plaza is slated for demolition as the entire block of Goyeau between Park and Wyandotte will disappear to make way for the newly expanded Tunnel Plaza.

Sad to see a landmark--albeit vacant, falling to make way for a franchise.
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 360
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 5:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Oh wow, you took the right out of my mouth.

"Sad to see a landmark--albeit vacant, falling to make way for a franchise."

Particularly a Burger King and Strip Mall just so their desperate behinds can keep up with Tim's, The Colonel's, Wendy's and Micky D's markets. Also, why build another strip? Doesn't Windsor have the Devonshire Mall?

(Message edited by Urbanize on March 24, 2007)
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Goat
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Post Number: 9307
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 5:43 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

We are also losing the Festival Epicure which was fantastic every year!
Geez, I thought Eddie Francis was going top improve the quality of life for Windsor not destroy it.
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Post Number: 159
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 6:03 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, very disappointed to hear about Epicure--the Tunnel pulling their support out at the last minute and then absolutely no other business in town ponies up the bucks to sponsor it--a sad testament--would've that Moroun would've jumped all over that--positive PR.
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 363
Registered: 02-2007
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 6:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

"would've that Moroun would've jumped all over that--positive PR."

Do you Mind rephrasing that bit?
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Jjaba
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Post Number: 5063
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 6:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Fastcars, not so fast. Re-boot.

Will anything newly built, have that beautiful DE-troit view?

jjaba, Westsider on the Tunnel Bus.
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Fastcarsfreedom
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Post Number: 161
Registered: 11-2005
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 6:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Not sure what I mis-phrased. I was suggesting the Ambassador Bridge could've taken over sponsorship of Festival Epicure from the Tunnel--and yes, if it wasn't obvious, there was a hint of sarcasm in the statement. Nonetheless, with the pissing match going on between Maroun and The City of Windsor--assuming the sponsorship of Epicure--being its "savior" would've been positive press.

jjaba--the Top Hat had a view of Detroit? It was almost window-less--and at that it's views would been limited to the Essex County Court House, TBQ, the Armoury and Westcourt Place. I had no idea they were doing a strip plaza on the site--I thought it was only a BK. As an aside, the Tim Hortons which replaced the abandoned Petro-Canada station at Park and Goyeau actually blends in decently for a franchise coffee shop...helps that the parking is in the back.
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Urbanize
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Post Number: 364
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Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 7:11 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Didn't you say that were expanding Tunnel Plaza? So I guess it's not a shopping destination then, rather a recreational spot. Misinterpreted what you weer saying.
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Jimg
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Post Number: 815
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Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 10:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I saw the Count Basie Orchestra there around '71. A great music venue.
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Citylover
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Post Number: 2218
Registered: 07-2004
Posted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 - 11:53 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I am sad to read this.Detroit once had a great nightclub scene with Windsor being a natural extension of that. The Elmwood casino along with the Top hat are a part of that history.

Detroit like every other big city no longer has a nightclub tradition; that way of entertainment left us long ago.
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Kathinozarks
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Post Number: 297
Registered: 11-2006
Posted on Sunday, March 25, 2007 - 12:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sad to hear it go. Times change and change is hard.

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