Virginia Avenue (Warwick Boulevard)
at 44th Street, Newport News, VA
NOW - 9607 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA

Sunday, August 8, 2004
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/08/04
Thanks, Dave!
Sunday, August 8, 2004
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/08/04
Thanks, Dave!
1948 Anchor 1955 Anchor, p. 181 1950's

Now that I have my very own copy of a 1948 Anchor, here is a much better JPEG of the old Monty's.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
 - 08/25/04

Thanks, Dave!

04/15/04 I have included a pic from family photos of Monty's Restaurant when it was on Virginia Avenue. My mom worked there until it was closed. She frequently enjoyed meeting and serving many of her long and cherished patrons from NNHS - Julie Conn, Cowboy Range, Johnny Palmer, Warren Mitchell and many more from the late 50's until it closed. She was loved by all who met her.

- Donnie Morris ('67) of VA - 01/12/06
Thanks, Donnie!

Monty's Restaurant
9607 Warwick Boulevard
Newport News, VA
Monday, April 19, 2004
Where Monty's Used to Be
06/02/04 Sunday, August 8, 2004
The New Location of Monty's
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/19/04

Sigh - Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/28/04

Thanks, Wayne!

 Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/08/04

Thanks, Dave!

In visiting "Our Old Stomping Grounds" I kept looking at "Monty's" as "gone" with tinge of doubt. 
I know, even as a Jackson kid, that Monty's was located on the corner of 44th and Virginia Avenue (now
Warwick Boulevard). I don't know when, but somewhere along the line they moved up Warwick Boulevard
 near Hilton and became a "drive-in/curb-service" restaurant. Linda and I would go there occasionally
when we were dating. I have a story that happened at that location that only serves to re-enforce
my genius (joking>stupidity!).

Again, I don't know when they moved! This time it was down toward the Little League Diamond
where a number of us played baseball as kids ( within Huntington Park). And for a while, they continued
with curb-service. I know, I visited there with my wife (at the other place she was my girlfriend).

SOOOO, I looked it up!  Lo and behold, Monty's lives!!!! It's still there, at the new, new place;
not the old new place. The bad news is: no more curb-service, you gotta go inside.

Monty's Restaurant
9607 Warwick Boulevard

That ruins a perfect week!  It's the only thing I've gotten right this week.  Thank all that's
enlightening for phone books!

Thought you'd like to know.

- Wayne Stokes ('65) of VA - 05/28/04
Thanks, Wayne!  But what about your "genius" story at the second location?!?

Nice shots of Newmarket Shopping Center and Monty's. Monty's acquired the Penguin and kept the name.
The Penguin was a small ice cream store on the east side of Warwick Boulevard.
before it was dismantled to make another entrance into the municipal offices and shops on Main Street.
It sat next to a car wash, in what was a "dead end" until the road was opened
to give more access to city workers with their equipment.
Monty's still had great French Fries the last time I visited several years ago.
Great photography.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/09/04
Thanks for the history, Joe!

When Monty's left Virginia Avenue (in the late '50s), it moved to
Warwick Boulevard where it evolved slowly into the "Penguin" specializing in
soft-freeze ice-cream (w/dipped hard shell chocolate cones).

- Frank Blechman ('65) of Northern VA - 01/12/06
Thanks, Frank!

...The mention of 'drive-ins' in your latest newsletter caused me to remember that there were two distinctly different kinds
of drive-ins on the Peninsula 'way back when. The park-n-whatever movie theatres - and the meet, eat and greet kind.
In the 50's, there were three (now all long gone) that I can recall that were popular with the high school set: Monty's
(4309 Virginia Avenue), the B. & M. Drive-in (3716 Kecoughtan Road) and the W&S (across from the old entrance
to Huntington Park). Considered the 'territory of NNHS, HHS and WHS, respectively....

Monty's was owned and operated for many years by the Monfalcone family - some of whom undoubtedly went to NNHS.
A couple of them were also Apprentices - I once worked with Frank M.

- Bill Lee (Warwick HS - '54) of NC - 06/15/06
Thanks, Bill!

                   Elaine Graham Gray

  NEWPORT NEWS - Elaine Gray passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 23, 2008, in her home with her family by her side.

She was born in Coeburn, Va., on April 5, 1945, daughter of the late Sam and June Graham. Elaine worked for over 40 years at 'Monty's Penguin,' touching many lives and reluctantly retiring last year due to her struggle with lung cancer. Elaine has gone to be with her great idol, Dale Earnhardt.

She is survived by her three sons, Ronnie Gray, John Bob Gray and wife, Rosemary, and Donnie R. Gray and wife, Terry; five grandchildren, Katy, Heather, Kyle, Katie and Brandon; three sisters, Peggy Hobbs, Norma Elliott and husband, Dale, and Sue Ferrell and husband, Floyd; and three brothers, Jack Graham and wife, Mary, Gerald Graham and wife, Judy, Darrel Graham and wife, Phyllis.

A special thanks goes to her extended family, Bonnie Rice and Carolyn Baldwin, for all their support and love.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Peninsula Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Smithfield Baptist Church 'SBC' Relay for Life team, 100 Wainwright Drive, Smithfield, VA 23430.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
View and post condolences on our online guestbook at .

Published in the Daily Press from 4/24/2008 - 4/25/2008.

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(This page was created on 04/15/04.)

John Belushi's SNL "Cheeseburger" wav file courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/01/04
HA! HA!  Thanks, Dave!

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