Monday, March 12, 2018

Matchbook Monday

Here is the second installment of Matchbook Monday.  Several matchbooks of Jackson's past are posted below.  Feel free to add your stories or any information about them in the comments section.  Judging by the traffic on last week's post, readers really enjoyed this bit of nostalgia. They can email copies of any old matchbooks they might have to 

The old Delta Point River Restaurant was the scene for many a romantic dinner as it overlooked the scenic Mississippi River in Vicksburg.  It is now closed but stays alive in this matchbook. The New York Times wrote about the restaurant in a 1991 story about Vicskburg:

Delta Point River Restaurant, 4144 Washington Street, (601) 636-5317, has fine views of the Mississippi and is as close as Vicksburg comes to elegance. It serves multicourse dinners featuring veal and beef, and dessert flambes are set afire at tableside. Dress is casual. Dinner for two with a bottle of wine, $55. A champagne brunch on Sundays, $12.25 a person. Places to Stay
 It is now owned by the Ameristar Casino.

Next up is the matchbook for Maximillian's Restaurant & Lounge.

Then there is this interesting little matchbook for The Exchange Restaurant.  Interesting because inside the cover is a list of businesses and their stock prices.

The Exchange was in the basement of Capitol Towers, below the site of the old city auditorium.  These ads appeared in the Clarion-Ledger in the early 1970's.


Louis LeFleur said...

Remember Delta Point, but never ate there though we did go to Tuminello's in V'burg once or twice. Maximillian's was across from the old Jackson Mall if I remember correctly, but you confuse me, KF, with the description of The Exchange's location. How could it have been "in the old city auditorium in the basement of Capitol Towers" when the auditorium was demoloished to build Capital Towers? Can't say I remember it regardless, which isn't surprising since I would have been in high school and/or college then, but that would have to be the same place where where was later a Fannin Mart Downtown.

Captain William said...

I thought the Exchange was in the basement location where Underground 119 is now. I loved to go there in the early 70's and hear Skip Partridge and his band.

Also loved to see Stefan Anderson when he played at the Jolly Roger and later the Le Bourguignon Restaurant lounge. His "showtime" episodes were fantastic. I wish I had a recording of him doing "Desperado" and "53 Buick"....."I painted it with a broom, it had a big back seat and would go vroom, vroom, vroom!!!"

Kingfish said...

Problem is I'm looking at a 1975 Clarion Ledger ad (I'm posting Thursday) that says "Lower Level Capitol Towers). A 1972 ad says its under ground where the old city auditorium once stood.

Anonymous said...

Need more dates. I am 58 and think I remember some of this.

Anonymous said...

Delta Point was prom central. Steak & Ale, Dennery's, and Delta Point.

I miss the '80s.

Louis LeFleur said...

Thanks for the clarification, KF. I'm at that point where if I get confused, I start doubting my memory.

Messick said...

Didn't Maximillian's have sort of a fern bar aesthetic?

Anonymous said...

We use to drive to Vicksburg for Sunday Brunch at Delta Point...GREAT FOOD.

I use to drive from Jackson to Vicksburg at least once a week to take my girlfriend out to eat at Tuminello's----it must have worked, we've been married 46 years.

Life back then was like Mayberry, USA---it was great !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Maximillian's was next to Jackson Mall in a little strip mall called "On The Avenue". There was also a record store (B.I.P. maybe?) and a clothing place called "Classy Rags". I knew things were starting to take a dive when they added "Classy Auto Sales" next door.

Not making that up.

Anonymous said...

The Caesar salad was made table-side at Delta Point, and was always very good.

annonymus said...

Yep, Delta Point was the last place I’ve had a “real Cesar salad”. Wooden bowl , raw eggs , anchovies, etc. was great.... Jeff

Anonymous said...

Anybody remember Sami Jo?

Anonymous said...

This is fun kingfish keep it up. Last Caesar made table side was a child with my grandparents at the university club on a saturday night in the early 90s. It was excellent and where I learned raw eggs weren’t all bad!

Louis LeFleur said...

1:37, that "Classy Rags" store started with another name as a somewhat upscale men's apparel store for African Americans. It was called Ric & Vic's. I actually worked with them briefly under the guidance of the SBA as a college senior. Nice guys, sharp dressers, but don't know if they made it or not or had to "give in" to Classy Rags.

Messick said...

As a food service industry veteran who prepared many Caesars table-side, the eggs we used were coddled, not raw. It may've differed by restaurant through different decades but this was in Kansas City during the 90s. The acid from the raw garlic helped "cook" it a bit more and added salt tightened the whites, as well.

Anonymous said...

There used to be a nightclub in the Quarter that was smoken. Anyone remember the name? This was the place I discovered how shy I really was.

Anonymous said...

@ 8:59, I think you are thinking about Poet's in the Quarter.

Anonymous said...

For a time period in the early 80's there was a restaurant/nightclub in the front right corner of the Quarter (where a liquor store is now located). It was a huge, but short lived, "place-to-see-be-seen". Remember hearing that one night the owner (who???) threw $100 bills off the second floor balcony to the dance floor below. Definitely before the '08 crash.

Anonymous said...

Man, Delta Point did a LOT of good for me! Short drive over, romantic dinner looking out over the river, short drive Great times! That was my go-to place!

Anonymous said...

Delta Point had a great pianist, too. He knew all the old standards, and could play just about anything you requested.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't life grand before everyone became racist............

Anonymous said...

My family owned Delta Point. These comments make me happy! We all miss it.

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