That Mall is sick and that Store is dead!

August 1, 2008

Bennigans & Steak and Ale, dead July 2008, Hampton, VA

Filed under: "coliseum mall",dead chains,dead stores — Anita @ 3:14 pm

Today I’m in Hampton waiting for family, so I decided to take a drive around Hampton and take some pics and buy some eyeshadow at JC Penney.

In my previous entry, I c&p’d the article about Bennigans and Steak & Ale closing all their (non franchise) stores. These were pretty much right next door to one another, and the last remnants (other than Macys) of the original Coliseum Mall area. While I was out I took two quick iPhone photos of them:

Bennigans, hampton va

When I was growing up in the 80’s and early 90’s, the big Bennigans sign on the side of the building used to be white against a dark green background, and that old man who used to be the logo (Who WAS he anyway? He looked sorta like the Lipton tea man) was painted on it too. He used to scare the beejesus out of me, especially when we’d pass by there at nighttime after a quick Coliseum Mall trip after dance class.

This was the best picture I could take of the Steak & Ale with my iPhone:

Steak and ale, hampton va

I remember one of my friends told me once that there used to be little “rooms’ you could eat in there, and one reminded him of a jail cell or something.

Both of these places are from the late 1970’s or early 1980’s. I think my half sister worked at Bennigans before I was born, I’m not too sure.

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