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Maurice Pett
Calico Kitchen was originally Gene's in 1971
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Phil Taylor
When I arrived in March of 1975, Calico Kitchen was the name of the greasey spoon and it was owned by Gerry Paley and Earl Wescome. It probably did have other names prior to my arrival but that is what is was called then.
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Terry Cabral
Phil Taylor said :
Calico Kitchen was the name of the Greasy Spoon café at the junction of Court and Church. Before the whole building was knocked down to make way for the Lois Browne courthouse, there was a shoe store located there owned by a very nice guy, whose surname was Henry.
You may be right about Calico Kitchen but that does not say Court and Church was the first.Shalom.Editors note - Can't assist with regard to the location of the Calico Kitchen but have been checking on the history of the old Kitchen Corner shop, and as stated by Terry, it used to be a Piggly Wiggly store. However, I was reliably informed that the first Piggly Wiggly store was located at the n/w corner of Reid Street and Parliament Street junction which was eventually taken over and bcame known as the Donald Smith Travel Agency. Donald Smith was an Alderman on the Corporation of Hamilton when I worked there as Secretary.The building we can see through the window at the corner of Parliament Street and Church Street was actually owned by Roddie Ferguson for many years, probably when it was the Piggly Wiggly store, and certainly when it was rented by George Leseur as a kitchen and hardware store. It was taken over by David White and named Kitchen Corner. Until recently this building was still owned by the Ferguson family.

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Maurice Pett
If I remember rightly that building with the cafe and shoe shop was the James Building. Calico Kitchen was not the original name, I think it acquired that name around 1972/73. The original restaurant was (owned or run) by one of the at that time PLP M.P.s I was going to say Austin Woods but it may have well been Stanley Morton. Memory Lane !! Moby
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Phil Taylor
Calico Kitchen was the name of the Greasy Spoon café at the junction of Court and Church. Before the whole building was knocked down to make way for the Lois Browne courthouse, there was a shoe store located there owned by a very nice guy, whose surname was Henry.
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Terry Cabral
Calico Kitchen is the name I was trying to remember and I stand to be corrected on that.
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mike cherry
Roger. I agree with Moby that the building with the tower is the Wesley Methodist Church but you may note that there is no spire on top of the tower. The spire was added in late 1960/61 the architect for which was Dr. Jack Williamson who was prior to setting up his own business was employed at Dockyard. (But not as the original architect there!)Editors note - Amazing what information a view through a Police Station window throws up!
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Terry Cabral
The Leseur's owned a lot back then.Buena Vista and small charters from there. We were good friends with them as we lived just dahn dee road horn Dudley Heal.Loved that little beach with palm trees back in the 50's...…
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Terry Cabral
First Piggly Wiggly was on Front Street where the old Pearmans Shore store/Honda was; next to the "Feed Store under old 40 Thieves. It then moved to Church and Parliament. Fernance Perry Father and Manuel Rego ran it, (Fernance was my cousin via the Perry's ( my Mother)Kitchen Corner was the first name after they built the Piggly on Church almost opposite the Cathederal. I'll get back.Editors note - Thanks Terry. Did George Leseur work at the Purina Feed Store under the old 40 Thieves Club in the 1960's, and did he also run the Kitchen Corner or was that another Leseur?
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Terry Cabral
And that is James McMaster on the left with three stripes.Editors note - Spot on Terry. Can you confirm what Mike Cherry just wrote about that stire at the unction of Church and Parliament Street being the first Piggly Wiggly Store. It was a kitchen store owned by Geirge Leseur when I arrived in 1964.

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