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September 17, 2013

Step Back in Time: Sept. 17, 2013

Step Back Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/Solid$ID/NothingText ColorText Color$ID/NothingText ColorText Colorin Time features news items from The Daily Star 25 and 50 years ago.

25 years ago

Sept. 17, 1988

The competition is warming up in Oneonta’s restaurants with new menus that offer Cajun and Mexican cooking, as well as the basic American standby, steak.

Among Oneonta’s newer restaurants are Lefty’s Eatery, the Water Street Café and Perkins Family Restaurant. The Ponderosa Steak House is remodeling inside and changing its entrance, but its menu will remain the same.

A Perkins sign has replaced the Howard Johnson Restaurant sign on the Southside’s Route 23. Perkins’ local general manager, Tony Spallone, said a reasonably priced family fare menu has been substituted for the HoJo selection that featured ice cream.

At 57 River Street, Lefty’s Eatery has brought a worldly menu to Oneonta that includes not only $8 lasagna and a $13.50 New York steak but also German-style veal, French fare and Cajun cooking, too.

“It’s the things that people can’t cook at home,” said Fred Hayward, manager and co-owner of the new restaurant.

Downtown on Main Street, Mexican food is the main fare at the Water Street Café, owned by Joe Farrell. He recently left his work as an outdoor education instructor to concentrate on his new restaurant.

“I thought there was a need for Mexican food in this town,” said Farrell, one of the café’s two cooks.

The most expensive meal is less than $6, the owner said. Farrell, one of the café’s two cooks, spent several years in Mexico where he learned about that country’s food.


50 years ago

Sept. 17, 1963

COOPERSTOWN — To tell the story of the importance of commercial banking is the purpose of a group named “Women’s Committee of the New York State Bankers Association.”

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