Do you remember Adam’s Rib, late 1970s, early 1980s, on the Queensway in Etobicoke with a restaurant in front, bar/disco in back?
I’ve received the following message (which I’ve lightly copy edited) at this website:
I’m wondering if anyone remembers the name of a place on the Queensway that had a restaurant in front and a bar/disco with live bands through a door in the back. Late 70s early 80s. It was close to where the IKEA entrance driveway in Etobicoke is now located.
In my experience, sometimes we get answers to such questions pretty quickly. At other times, it can take a year or more until someone (who has the answer) comes across the question, often having to do with some detail related to local history. Or the question may be about how to get in touch with someone that a person knew many years ago.
Earlier I wrote (at this post): If you can help with this Queensway question, please let us know.
When I think of the Queensway, I think of the Mandarin restaurant on the Queensway near Kipling where we used to meet for lunches with friends from Malcolm Campbell High School, the school in Montreal that I graduated from in 1963. We now meet outdoors for picnics; we are no longer meeting indoors.
There’s a lot of history connected with the Queensway. I look forward to learning more about the restaurant in the front and the bar/disco with live bands in the back.
Earlier I wrote: If you have any leads or information, please let us know.
Helpful suggestion received recently
One person I reached out to suggested:
I suggest they look at the Toronto City directories for these dates
Update: It’s Adam’s Rib
I got a message on Jan. 20, 2024:
Thank you I found it Adam’s Rib in the 70s and 80s great bands like Downchild Blues.
Good news! I’m pleased the name has turned up. In the event any site visitors – who are familiar with Adam’s Rib on the Queensway in the late 1970s, early 1980s – would like at some point in the future to share their reminiscences, that would be great.
A post (which many people have read) which I wrote about the Eastwood Hotel in Long Branch a ways back has many good stories about people’s enjoyment of the drinking and entertainment there some decades ago:
Late 1970s Toronto
The story about Adam’s Rib on the Queensway brings to mind some of my own experiences of Toronto in the late 1970s as highlighted in posts such as:
Sunrise Records at Cloverdale Mall
The story of the 1970s and 1980s bands playing at Adam’s Rib prompts me to share a Nov. 23, 2023 Walrus article entitled: “Why Sunrise Records Is Still Spinning: It survived Napster, iTunes, and streaming. Now the chain is expanding its horizons overseas.”
An excerpt reads:
THE ONLY way into Cloverdale Mall is through a parking lot. Here, in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, the world of retail is languid and sprawling, with a noticeably older demographic than in its downtown equivalents. A walk through the one-storey mall will take you past discount clothing outlets and an all but forgotten bookstore chain. Around a corner, past a Chinese food stall called Pick ‘N’ Chus, is a familiar red and black sign: SUNRISE.
Cloverdale Mall is near Dundas St. West a short ways north of the Queensway.
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