Hot Dog Spots in Downtown
Newport News, VA 23607
 
 


 
 
Carol,
 
Has there even been a mention about the free movie day downtown... you had to bring 15? coat-hangers and you get in free. Also the Flash Gordon episodes... what a way to start your Saturday morning.... and you have to get hotdogs at _____  where they were 2 for 25 cents...(forgot the name).

- Terry Seay ('67) of TN - 10/22/07
Thanks, Terry! Yes, there was indeed such a discussion a couple of years back. Everyone seemed to remember this scenario but me.
It SHOULD be posted somewhere in here, but I can't seem to find it. It must have blown my mind too much to post it!
 

Art's Coffee Shop / Philís Snack Bar
220 - 31st Street, Newport News, VA 23607
 
Coffee Corner Confectionery
33rd Street and Washington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607

There was question about a bistro on the corner of 33rd and Washington next to the Paramount. That location was the Coffee Corner Confectionery collocated with the
Paramount Theater.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/08/07
Thanks so much, Dave!
 

The Dog House
214 - 30th Street, Newport News, VA 23607
 
John's Little Place or Mike's Place
affectionately called Luigi's
208Ĺ - 33rd Street, Newport News, VA 23607

 

Luigi's
208Ĺ - 33rd Street, Newport News, VA 23607

 

Mikeís Grill / M S Hot Dog
212 - 31st Street, Newport News, VA 23607
 


 
 
As is often the case with such investigations based on very old recollections, there is good news and bad news.

The bad news first:

I looked at NN Hillís Directories from 1957 to 1967 and could find no listing for a Luigiís, despite Norm Covertís vivid recollection of it being located ďnext to the florist shop and immediately behind the Bank of Hampton Roads.Ē As you will soon see, that was the location of another remembered eatery.

Which brings us to the good news:

In 1957 I found Artís Coffee Shop listed at 220-31st Street. It was owned by Art Stinnett.

In 1960, 220-31st Street had become Philís Snack Bar. Also located on 31st Street was Mikeís Grill at 212-31st. It was owned by Mike and Mary Spanos. Over on 33rd Street, we find Johnís Little Place (remembered as Little Johnís) at 208Ĺ-33rd. This location was just behind the Bank of Hampton Roads on the corner of Washington and 33rd. It was owned by John and Helen Neofitou, who resided at 325-58th Street. Some quick research found that John (b. 1903; d. 8 Jan 1992 NNVA) and Eleni/Helen (b. 1909; d. Dec 1971 NNVA) Neofitou arrived in New York from Cherbourg France on 25 April 1928 aboard the vessel Olympic. Just beyond Johnís Little Place was the Paramount Florist at 210-33rd.

In 1962 the list from 1960 was unchanged. There was question about a bistro on the corner of 33rd and Washington next to the Paramount. That location was the Coffee Corner Confectionery collocated with the
Paramount Theater.

In 1965, here is the roster:
208Ĺ-33rd - Johnís Little Place
210-33rd - Paramount Florist
212-31st - M S Hot Dog (I am guessing that ďM SĒ is Mike Spanos)

I hope that clears up more questions than it generates.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/08/07
WOWZERONI!!! Thanks so much, Dave!
 

 
 
 

 Oh, I wish I were an Oscar Mayer wiener.
     That is what I'd truly like to be,
     'Cause if I were an Oscar Mayer wiener,
     Everyone would be in love with me.


(This page was created on 11/05/07.)


"Oscar Mayer Wiener" jingle courtesy of http://www.toomunchfun.com/oscarmayer/FamilyFunPark/JingleJukebox/JingleJukebox.html,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/24/04 with the technical assistance of my son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 01/26/04
Thanks, Dave and Nathaniel!

"Oscar Mayer Wiener" jingle lyrics courtesy of http://www.bsu.edu/web/knkramer/standard10.html - 01/24/04

Long Hot Dog clip art courtesy of http://pub29.bravenet.com/resources/clipart/index.php?search=category&category=12 - 02/24/04

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