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I kept saying I should go... - Mark's Journal
I kept saying I should go...
Would you believe it's been two and a half years since the birthday party Tom threw for Joy (no, not you, the other one) at the Lehigh Valley House? That night, and every once in a while since then, as I've passed that corner on the way somewhere else, I've said, to myself or whoever happened to be in the car, "Hey, I should have dinner there again soon. It's pretty good."

Neon at DuskWell, Wednesday night I heard, and yesterday morning I confirmed by calling, that the Lehigh Valley House is closing after dinner next Friday. They're keeping the bar open and hope to keep doing their Wednesday night chicken wing special, though the business has been sold -- it's not clear to whom -- so I wonder how long that will last.

Leslie and I went for dinner last night, since I wanted to go one last time. Best food in town? Nah, probably never was. Tasty and solid meal and a great value? Absolutely. The two of us spent a total of $60, including a glass of wine each and a generous tip, for appetizer, salad, onion rings, warm bread, entree, and two side dishes. Where else can you do that? Not many places.

It's been there, operating almost continuously, since 1897. Who'd have thought we didn't have all the time in the world to go back?

Current Mood: wistful

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kaitl From: kaitl Date: July 16th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any idea why it's called the "Lehigh Valley House"? I always wondered since my hometown is near the Lehigh Valley in PA.

Too bad it's closing. I never went (I'm pleading being a student and not getting out much), but I never like to see locally owned, long-lived places close up.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 16th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

The Lehigh Valley Railroad (originally the Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad Company) was one of the rail companies serving Ithaca. We were on the Ithaca & Owego line and the Ithaca & Geneva line.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: July 16th, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
I imagine that's the same line that went up through Little York, Home and Cortland and then on to Ithaca, Owego, and Nichols. My Grandfather was a RR man for many years ... My Aunt remembers getting on the passanger train in Homer and taking it all the way down to Nichols to get my Great Uncle Burtis, who was the Station Master in Nichols for a million years ...

mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: July 16th, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Hm, that was probably the line that still goes through Richford and Newark Valley.
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: July 16th, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, same line - lol - I had a discussion with my Aunt ( who is well into her 80's ) and she remembers taking the train through Berkshire, and what a charming little village it used to be ... The train still goes through, but all it hauls is freight of some kind, up & down from PA I think. There's still a good sized RR yard in Sayre that I used to go by on the way to the hospital there ...

aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: July 16th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
And it's a shame the Lehigh Valley House is closing. I never did get to eat there, but I had heard the steaks were good. It's always a sadness when a locally owned establishment goes away, especially after all those years !!

helianthas From: helianthas Date: July 17th, 2010 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
They ARE good! I loved that place. :'(
queenmabwords From: queenmabwords Date: July 16th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hopefully it will cycle back to being a restaurant again.
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