Long-Gone Restaurants ... Which Ones Do You Miss Most?

We've seen a few close down for good in the past few years. What are some of the places that you wished could have held on?

The story on the Beach Street Diner's planned reopening brought back a lot of memories of the old place—it was the unofficial place for farmers and ranchers to meet in the mornings and the spot to get the most thorough agriculture news in the valley.

Every Patch restaurant story seems to spur recollections of other eateries from times-gone-by. Writing about Jardines in San Juan Bautista led to an education on La Manzana, a restaurant that the late Jardines patriarch Manuel Santana.

Patch reader Steve Bankhead shared that Santana had "local restaurant La Manzana, which was open in the 1980's on the 100 block of West Lake across from the Resetar Hotel. It offered fine food, live music, and a beautifully landscaped courtyard, where one could enjoy an excellent meal enhanced by acoustic guitar or other musical enjoyment."

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Old Watsonville November 28, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Lots of old memories stirred as I sit in Phoenix eating my sandwich.
Celi89 January 07, 2013 at 10:14 PM
For those who mentioned the Mona Lisa in Watsonville, it will be re-opened soon!!! Keep an eye out... The recipes will be the same... Super everything is coming back!! See you guys soon :)
Amy December 09, 2013 at 01:17 AM
The Mirimar! Our family has so many memories of EATING THERE WITH our late Grandma. The place was so warm, inviting, and their hot beef sandwich was the BEST! I still remember all the pictures of Loni Anderson & Bill Reynolds on their wall! The place was legendary!
gailand simmons March 13, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Well, I can't believe my luck in finding WatsonvillePatch. I'd love to hear more about The Mirimar, the Del Monte, and Woolworths. I lived in Freedom when I was a little boy. My stepfather was Wally Honeycutt. He owned the bowling alley when it was across the street from the Plaza. I'd love to know the addresses of the three restaurants above, specific meals that were on their menus, and favorite memory stories. I remember going to all of these restaurants. Any one who remembers the bowling alley and the lunch counter there gets a gold star for any recollections, details, or stories they have to share.
BradPosey April 22, 2014 at 01:32 PM
I remember trying to set pins there once, not for me.


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