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Lookin' For Adventure...
- Subject: Lookin' For Adventure...
- From: TVHD <TVHD@aol.com>
- Date: Fri, 1 May 1998 14:36:06 EDT
I caught up with the recent postings last night, and the ones
about "Adventure Car Hop" caught my interest. While I was
too young to independently visit the site at the time of its
operation, I do vaguely remember the ads.
A. Joseph Ross started it off back on Sun, 26 Apr 1998:
>While driving up Route 1 in Saugus today, I began to wonder
>where "Adventure Car Hop," famous for its commercials on
>Arnie Ginsberg's "Nighttrain" show, used to be. Anyone know
>where it was and what's there now?
J.J. Wright responded:
> It was either at the current location of "Carusso's Diplomat"
>(it is is still open and operating) or "Augustine's" (if it is
>still there as well).
Then, Gary Francis wrote:
>Sorry JJ, but I think that you're a mile or so too far north. I
>remember it being where the former Lloyd's Diamond & Gold
>Jewlery outlet was. Sort of next to the CompUSA (or is it
>Computer City?) parking lot (right side of the parking lot).
A. Joseph Ross wrote:
>That's interesting, since Computer City (across from the
>Square One Mall) was my destination yesterday. If we can
>solve this mystery by the time I go back there next week, I'll
>make a special pilgrimmage to the site.
Shel Swartz wrote:
>Arnie Ginsburg told me on the phone only yesterday, that the
>Car Hop is now the parking lot of the (Commodore?) hotel, in
>Saugus (I can'yt read my notes!!). But it is now certainly a
>parking lot...many old Ginzburger wrappers likely buried under
Mike Hemeon added:
>The Commodore is a restaurant.
This morning I happened to be in Beverly - for the first time in
a very long time - on business, and spotted an old sign:
"Commodore Restaurant, Rt 1A, No. Beverly". Being in the
neighbohood, and with the postings fresh in mind, I decided to
check it out. Perhaps there was be a discrepancy with the
Rt. 1/Rt. 1A detail, and I could find some remnant of the old
The Commodore Building was pretty old, it seemed to me, and
not open yet. I went around the Delivery Entrance and found
a kitchen worker who looked to be in his sixties. I asked him if
he happened to remember the Adventure Car Hop, and was this
the original site?
He chuckled and shook his head. "No," he said. I used to go there
ALL the time - that's on Route 1. And he gave me specific
details as to where...
Donna Halper wrote:
>Does the "Continental" in Saugus ring any bells with anyone?
>I found a 1990 Boston Globe article about car hops in my
>archives; it said that next door to this restaurant was the old
>Adventure Car Hop. It also said the car hop closed in 1964--
>can that be right?
Terrence Wood wrote:
>It's been along time since then and I don't remember its exact
>location, but I have seen its canopy still there on route one.
Donna Halper wrote:
>The local historical society (yes, Saugus has one) in a recent
>book about Saugus states that the cross street for Adventure
>Car Hop was Walnut Street, north side of route 1, and the
>Diplomat stands at the location now...
J.J. Wright wrote:
>YAY......I was right....er...wright.
He said it as next to the CONTINENTAL restaurant...as well as
beside CARUSO'S DIPLOMAT (a function hall)...on a piece of
land that is now occupied by a large storage shed, owned by
Continental. He told me it'd been torn down, and the shed was
put on the spot.
I passed it on my way home, crossed over to the North side
of Route One and there it was. A huge shed, in the middle of a
gigantic parking area, featuring little else but an ATM island,
set way back from the highway. Faded letters on the structure
I got out and took a stroll around the lot, searching for any
vestige of the Adventure Car Hop, but there wasn't so much
as a rusty sign mooring. It had all been paved over. Even behind
the place, in an over-grown field - where I hoped there'd be
some relic to verify Adventure's existence - I found nothing.
Time had erased it all.
I snapped a photo of the building on the massive lot for no
particular reason and drove away...the intrepid, yet unfulfilled
- - Henry Dane