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Morrison’s Cafeteria …

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How many of you can remember Morrison’s Cafeteria down on Romana  and Jefferson Streets?   I can, but I cannot remember it ever looking like this.  They must have remodeled it in the 1960’s, because I do not remember it ever looking like this.  On the left side of this photo, you can see the old Pensacola Buggy Works Automobile Dealership in the background that was owned by the Turner family.  It is now a parking lot for Seville Quarter.  Below is another view of the exterior of Morrison’s …

I had posted these two photos above on my old blog, the two below are new.  I have found several others, but they need some work and I will get to them later.  First, here is one of the dining room …

I never remember the dining room looking like this.  I am not sure of the year, but I would imagine that it was sometime in the 1950’s.  Next is one of the kitchen …

It looks as if one of the ladies in the back on the right side is sitting down shelling peas or peeling potatoes.  This was before the day of everything being processed and frozen, so everything had to fresh from the farm.  All comments are welcomed, so feel free to share them with us and thanks for looking …

Written by Frank Hardy

April 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

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  1. I remember this look before the remodel.

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    floridafirst

    May 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    • This is before my time I believe … I remember the remodeled version better.

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      Frank Hardy

      May 18, 2016 at 6:30 pm

  2. Frank, I believe there was a fire at the cafeteria and thus it was remodeled afterwards. My Dad’s father, Wiley J. McDavid’s Gopher Club met there for lunch, and my parents took me there to eat–only have faded memories of this Morrison’s though–remember the Town & Country Plaza location having eaten there into my late teens.

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    Dunc McDavid

    February 21, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    • Dunc … I remember the remodeled Morrison’s Cafeteria, also. The cafeteria in these photos does not look familiar to me. And I am with you about the one out at Town and Country Plaza being the one that I remember the best. I have found some negatives from Liberal Arts that I plan on posting in the future, mostly some group photos taken out on the front steps, 1972 is one year that remember … one group was made in the room that had a small stage ( maybe 1975 ), I do not know what it was called. Thanks for the comment. Sorry it took so long for me to respond, your email ended up in my spam box and I do not check it very often. Keep in touch … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      March 7, 2013 at 8:54 am

      • I’d love to see the Liberal Arts photos–have a lot of photos from the three 10 year reunions that were held including photos I took and others contributed. The current building owners let me walk through the renovated complex 11 years ago but with former classrooms occupied by tenants wasn’t able to see much more than the hallways but snapped some photos. I have a 1973 class photo you took of all of us in our caps and gowns on the front steps of Liberal Arts, and could be the one you’re referring to?
        This year would be another decade since our last reunion, but as far as I know there are no plans for a multi-class reunion. A few classmates from my year have held several mini-reunions that are reminiscent of “The Big Chill” movie.
        I love nostalgia and scanning old family and friends photos and over the last 10 years have become fairly good with Photoshop, now have and use PS6 with a Wacom pen/tablet.
        The Library of Congress, http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/det/ Detroit Publishing Company has so very high resolution scans on the order of 10,000 x 8,000 pixels of the late 1890’s and early 1900’s. You and your readers might enjoy seeing these. Type “Pensacola” for about 80 images. I’ve downloaded all of them, they are in tiff format and about 300MB each. I restored one and took it to Target and Sam’s Club but the image size was too big for their equipment–had converted it to jpg but that was close to 30mb; I found I could upload the image to Sam’s and have it printed.
        I try to visit your blog at least once a month and am always recommending it to friends. Thanks for all of these memories your Dad left with you. Happy Easter, Dunc

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        Dunc McDavid

        March 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      • I will have to do some looking because it was several months ago that I ran across them. Thanks for the comments and keep in touch. Frank

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        Frank Hardy

        March 31, 2013 at 11:07 am

      • Thank you, Frank. The Liberal Arts crowd is alive on Facebook–I have 48 friends in my group and others have that many and more, so we’re connected and would be able to share any photos you’d find with a lot of people that would love to view them. I’ll offer to Photoshop them if you like but definitely give you and/or your Dad a credit tagline.

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        Dunc McDavid

        March 31, 2013 at 11:16 am

  3. I recall that this cafeteria was called Laritz before it became Morrison’s. Bill Kreitlein

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    Bill Kreitlein

    September 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    • That is interesting, I never knew it was something else before being Morrison’s Cafeteria. Thanks … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      September 26, 2012 at 9:26 am

  4. Ate there many times. Loved their fried fish. I was a Southern Bell Telephone operator in late 50’s . . . married a Navy jet pilot & moved away . . . but never forgot Morrisons’ cafe. Never forgot Frank Hardy and his wonderful photography either. He took my majorette pic when I was in 9th grade at Clubbs Jr. High. Also took my first child’s (4 month old son) pic. when I came home for a visit while my hubby was on a Med cruise. Love looking at these old pics. Thanks for all your hard work . . . no easy task going thru all these pics, scanning & putting on computer.

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    Ginger Pfeiffer Werhan

    August 19, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    • Ginger – Thanks for the nice comments and memories. The parts that you mentioned are actually the easy ones … it is all of the work required in Photoshop to get these photographs up to a point that I feel is good enough to put these photos out there. All most all of the negatives have been out in a storage room for the last fifty years or so and the amount of mold, mildew and also all the scratches on them is incredible. But over the last ten years or so I have become very proficient with Photoshop and I have gotten to a point where I enjoy working in the program, so that has really helped me. Otherwise, I would not put any of these out for the public to view in their original state. IF you go and search “Photoshop” within the blog, I created a post showing an original image and then a finished image and discuss the steps in between. Thanks again for looking and taking the time to comment … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

  5. I was born in 1961 and I remember eating there several times in what must have been the mid to late 60’s. What stood out to me was the interior decor of the lobby and bathrooms area. It was decorated with life-sized b/w posters of silent screen stars such as Theda Bara, Louise Brooks, Sara Bernhardt and Valentino all in costume as Cleopatra etc. The sitting area outside the rest rooms had a large circular velvety bench in the center of the lobby. To me the dining room looks exactly as I remember it. One big open room. I always liked the Town and Country Plaza location better because it was more intimate and dark.

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    Cam Villar

    August 19, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    • Cam … I wish I had some negatives of the place after it was remodeled. These negatives I have were made when the was first built, I believe. Thanks for sharing that with us … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm

  6. I remember going there as a little girl that was my favorite place. We went to the one in either the
    Westwood Mall or the Fairfield Mall can not remember which one it was. But had these beautiful steps with red carpet on them and I used to pretend I was a princess making a grand entrance silly now but it made me feel special.

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    samalyna

    August 19, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    • That is nice to hear … thank you for commenting … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 3:09 pm

  7. My grandmother would take me there for lunch about once a month on Saturday morning. We would always arrive early and stand in line until they opened at 11 AM. She explained that was the time all the food was hot and fresh. A waiter would carry your tray from the end of the food line to your table. As a child I remember noticing that the waitstaff were all African-American men, yet the patrons were all white. My favorite food there was the fish almondine with a side of new potatoes in au jus. They also served some type of fruit punch that I don’t remember being available elsewhere.

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    Mark Reed

    August 19, 2012 at 5:59 am

    • Sounds familiar … Frank

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      Frank Hardy

      August 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm

  8. I remember eating there, they served the food cafeteria style, And they had one serving size, so if you were a kid, you got more than you could eat, because they dished it out, but now a days the buffet crowd would probally say That’s not enough!

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    Bill

    April 30, 2012 at 7:35 am

    • Bill – I agree with what you are saying. I personally do not really remember Morrison’s ever looking like this. They must have remodeled the interior sometime in the early 1960’s, because I remembered it having carpet and the tables and booths were different. I think the only thing that I ever ate was the roast beef with new potatoes and macaroni and cheese. And some type of desert. Thanks for the comments Bill …

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      Frank Hardy

      May 8, 2012 at 9:19 am


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