Friday, August 22, 2014

More images of the 800 and 900 blocks of W. Grace St., Nov. 1987.

The Lums diner. Near the corner of Grace and Laurel. 
Always had "Sexual Healing" by Marvin Gaye on their jukebox.


The Greca, corner of Grace and Shafer. 
Eventually it became a strip joint.


Station Break - 900 block of W. Grace St. 
For those who had nothing to do during the day.

Newgate Prison, 900 block of W. Grace St.  
The VCU Police are located here now but they'll be moving downtown within the next year or so.

Chicken Box, 900 block of W. Grace St. 
Terrible but very cheap food. Had a large mural of a farm on the wall. 

Hababa's, 900 block of W. Grace St.
I think Brigg's Barbecue has this space now.

The Metro, 900 block of W. Grace St.
Watched a lot of MTV here in 1984 (when MTV was good).
Ate a good amount of  nachos and drank lots of beer with friends here.
Plaza Art has been here a good while in this location.

The original Village Cafe, corner of Harrison and Grace. 
Drank my first Richmond beer in here at the back
table in August of 1982 - only 32 years ago.
I seem to remember people always playing "Mr. Sandman"
by The Chordettes, 1954, on the little jukeboxes that were in the booths. 

Listen HERE.

- Ray (old!)



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

SO MANY good times at Station Break!!! Back when video arcades were simple places with simple games that only cost a quarter and required actual skill and dexterity. You could seemingly play forever on some games if you had "the touch"

John Kang said...

Thanks so much for posting this! Brings back so many memories!

Denise said...

Wow...The Village! Thanks for posting these pics! What a great little walk down memory lane!

W Chalkley said...

You are correct about the Chicken Box...not good food...but cheap and hot and the slogan on the boxes and napkins read "THE CHICKEN BOX...The Second Best Thing You Ever Ate"...I went regularly.

I lived within 4 blocks of that block of Grace Street for about 5 years...I loved it and I loved seeing these pics

Carl Hall said...

Ray, thanks for this update. I was a young Marine stationed at Fort Lee in 1986. We went every weekend to Newgate Prison... that was the best place ever! Yes it has been several years since I was here and wanted to walk the old grounds... to bad its not there anymore?