Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Out of Business

 
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The Silver Slipper restaurant had been an institution in Tallahassee since 1938. For more than half a century it was closely tied to Florida politics. It was a favorite meeting place of governors, legislators, lobbyists and VIP's from around the state. Many famous celebrities dined here while in town, including a young senator named John F. Kennedy. You can read about its long and colorful history here. Sadly the last customer was served earlier this year and it is now closed. A combination of the bad economy and a law enacting a ban on gifts to lawmakers from lobbyists a few years ago did it in.

17 comments:

Julie said...

Restaurant styles have changed dramtatically ... now there is minimalism and simple fare ... over here any way.

Abe Lincoln said...

Amazing the city fathers and city mothers would let it close. Such landmarks are hard to come by and take time.

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B SQUARED said...

Unfortunately, more and more "institutions" will be closing.

Pacey said...

That's a very fancy resto. Great idea and thanks for the visit Lois.

Darla said...

Sad...there is so much of this around town.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

The end of the era for the rich and the famous. I hope they still keep it for sentimental reason. Might be a heritage building or a museum one day! Nice shoe sign on top Lois!

downtown guy said...

It's for sale, lock, stock, and barrel. Name and all. Couple million, if you have the cash.

downtown guy said...

http://www.homesandland.com
/Real_Estate/FL/City/Tallahassee
/ListingId/13792396.html

Details on the property for sale.

Fábio Paulos said...

nice photografies!

congratulations for your blog!

Jacob said...

I'd like to think it was the economy...any business built on lobbyists gifting legislators (which is only to induce favors) is on sandy soil...

I also wonder how many restaurant/bars in the U.S. are named "Silver Slipper."

Cezar and Léia said...

Hello dear friend Lois!
Just a sad news! Unfortunately it looks happening for the bad economy .
By the way, many thanks for your kind comments and visits, we appreciated it a lot! You are always gentle!
Greetings from Luxembourg
Léia and Luna

~Cheryl said...

1938---that's a fairly long time. I,too, hope it can be saved as a historical building. Keep us posted on whatever happens! I hope you already picked up your award when you visited my spot earlier. :)

Clytie said...

It's so sad to see older landmarks being closed. Unfortunately by the time things pick up and someone else buys it out, these beautiful places have gone to ruin and will probably have to be torn down. We have several around here in horrible disrepair. It's very disheartening.

James said...

I bet it was fancy in the old days. People dressed up dining, dancing and plenty of smoking. Like a scene from an od movie.

Tricia said...

It's a shame!

Lisa Wilson said...

How sad. I wonder how long it will sit there empty.

Tash said...

Sad to see this type of places that have survived so long, shut down. Love the name - not something you'd see today either.