Friday, September 12, 2008

Veggie re-touch

Expat found this re-freshing scene - the veggies used to be covered in gold leaf a long time ago - click here to read more about the building. The City Deli, at University & 6th, is a New-Yawky sort of place where you can get stuff like hot corned beef with pickles, and the waitresses offer wisecracks along with the ice-water. It has no pretensions to vegetarianism whatsoever, but for historical reasons it occupies a building with a famous veggie frieze.
The exterior is getting a paint job, and I was delighted to see that they're taking pains to get the veggies right. Thanks, owners...


Blogger Brent McD. said...

never been inside the place, but i always admire the veggies when driving by!

Fri Sep 12, 11:27:00 AM PDT  
Blogger expat said...

Thanks for adding that history link -- I had no idea the place used to be Caesar's.

Fri Sep 12, 12:45:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a good photo.
I'm having a little bit of a difficulty digesting item 8 in the linked history walk. At the time, it was reported that Sears gave the property to th City, for tax write off benefits. In th meantime, the Point Loma Beach and Tennis Club condominiums project sold off its marginal land to some one who thought a careful design would be acceptable to th City, but he couldn't get any thing approved. Along came a wheeler-dealer type who asserted 'he could deal with th City-crats' (All this from th newspapers). Enter from stage left enviro-mentalists chanting 'Save the Wetlands' The nearby street was Famosa Blvd. Let's call it Famosa Slough. 'Save Famosa Slough'. The wheeler-dealer went to the City [Have i got a deal for You !] and traded the Famosa (unbuildable) land for th ex-Sears Main Library site. Voila! "Uptown Center"
And Vale Main Library.
Richard (SAN)

Fri Sep 12, 03:30:00 PM PDT  

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