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Bay Lounge and Package Store …

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Cantalope's 1 _ RTP _ SFW

This place was known as The Bay Lounge, but I do not think that I ever heard anyone call it that … it was simply known as ” Cantaloupe’s “.  Even though he had been married to lady by the name of Shirley and the lounge’s name was ” Cantaloupe and Shirley’s “, I do not ever remember anyone ever calling it that.  There was a package store on the left-hand side of the building that most people would go and hang-out in.  That part of the place was known as the ” Stand -Up “.  People would go in and buy a bottle and stand – up and drink.  This was back in the 1970’s and 80’s … now I bet you would be hard pressed to find a place like Cantaloupe’s any where today.  The stand-up went the way of the buggy whip, Walk-man, laser-discs, Falstaff Beer, etc, etc.  Now I am not going to mention any names, but you could find everyone from court judges to doctors to builders … you name them, they drank there.  The place is now Franco’s Italian Restaurant and has been for years.  Here is one more exterior view of Cantaloupe’s and I made these by the way back around 1981 or so …


Cantalope's 2  _ RTP _ SFW

It is basically the same view, just a little closer.  Shot on 4×5 sheet film.  Even though I made it, I thought that it went better over on this blog than my personal photography blog.  If anyone wants to share their own personal ” Cantaloupe ” story, please feel free … if you are brave enough!  Just kidding.  I am sure that Cantaloupe is deceased by now, but he was always nice to me and I did a few jobs for him through the years.  If we get enough stories, who knows, may there is a book somewhere in the future … naw, I doubt it.  Thanks again for looking and please check back … Frank

PS – This place was located on Gregory Street right across what is now McGuire’s Irish Pub, but everyone from Pensacola already knew that …

Written by Frank Hardy

January 18, 2015 at 10:19 am

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  1. I remember the Bay Lounge well. I never knew it to be Cantaloupe & Shirley’s until around the mid 80,s.
    It was always Bay Lounge . My name is Rita Rose & I am 80 yrs. old .


    Rita Rose

    July 13, 2020 at 11:57 am

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