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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sad eating news

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Strike another legendary name from the Hot Springs lineup. A Spa correspondent reports the closure of Mollie's on Grand.

Made my first trip to Hot Springs in 1959. Have a photo snapped by a Central Ave. sidewalk photographer of my sister and me walking in front of Mollie's, then across from the bathhouses. We ate breakfast there -- and homemade challah -- every morning. Dutch Treat at the Majestic Hotel at night. Still have a fine pair of cufflinks bought for 25 cents from an auction house mystery gift grab bag. It all seemed exotic.

UPDATE: Rex Nelson contributes warm memories.

Your post about Mollie's saddens me greatly. It was one of my favorite places. Where in Arkansas will I get matzo ball soup and chicken in a pot? My aunt, who had developed a taste for those dishes during many years living on the East Coast, would regularly take me from Arkadelphia to Hot Springs for dinner at Mollie's.
 
Yes, I know I am getting old. But in just the past couple of years we have lost four Hot Springs legends --
 
The Bohemia
Mrs. Miller's
Coy's
Mollie's
 
And I still miss Martin's Rec on Central, where bankers would sit next to street people for a plate lunch.
 
It is a sad commentary that one of the hottest places in Hot Springs has become Buffalo Wild Wings (a chain!) rather than a locally owned place.

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