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POLL: Which Classic Lynnfield Restaurant Would You Resurrect?

The Ship, which has existed in various forms since the 1930s or earlier, is set to reopen its doors later this year. So that invites the question - what other Lynnfield landmark restaurant would you bring back if you could?

As , The Ship is set to re-open its doors about a year after its previous managers closed the place down.

So with that in mind, this is a good opportunity to run a poll and ask some locals - if you could bring back one classic Lynnfield restaurant that is no longer with us, which would it be? And if I forgot to add one in the poll below or if you have something else to add, just make a note of it in the comment box below.

Don September 11, 2012 at 04:06 PM
My vote is for the Kernwood. Please add to the list if you would Bill. Thanks
Nikki September 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I would vote for the Kernwood, too, although Town Lyne House would be a close second. Bill, do you think any of us is old enough to remember the Suntaug Lake Inn??
William Laforme (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Hi Nikki, I can assure you the Suntaug Lake Inn one was done very much tongue in cheek! - Bill
Nikki September 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Bill, I am relieved...I thought you might have included that one for my sake, lol!
JIM LAMPROPOULOS September 11, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Barbara September 12, 2012 at 10:34 AM
Don September 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Being that the Kernwood is not on the list, it is not hard to vote for the Towne Line House also. So, TLH gets a count.
Arlene Geraci September 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM
How about going WAY back to Kimball's and Kimball's Starlight -- dancing outdoors....we had great times there!
Julia Hallenborg September 12, 2012 at 10:43 PM
My husband's high school prom was held at Suntaug Inn, 1955. That was a very special night for us because Lynnfield did not have a high school at the time. We were all bussed to Wakefield. So to have the prom in Lynnfield was very special. Suntaug Inn had some famous entertainment in those days such as Vaugh Monroe. I'm sure none of you remember him either. Yes some of us are old enough to remember. I don't see Goodwin's on the list either. That was located at the rotary known then as Goodwin's Circle. Best fried clams. And how about Good Luck Farms? Also located at the rotary. Really good chicken. I worked there as a youngster candeling eggs. The good old days.
Nikki September 13, 2012 at 01:30 AM
I did not realize Suntaug Inn was still up and running in the '50's! I thought by that time the Chinese restaurant was there (first called Sun O'China, wasn't it?).
Don September 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM
That would be an awesome venue. Maybe that new mall could open up a dinner/dancing place.
Julia Hallenborg September 13, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I still have the Suntaug Inn Souvenir Prom Menu from that night, dated May 21, 1955. The prices are mind blowing. Lobster Salad $2.50, Scallops $2.50, Baked stuffed Lobster $3.50. Deserts were .35 to .50 cents. I can not figure out how to send a picture of the menu or I would. (That's the problem with old age) My Dad was an auxilary police officer and worked Kimballs detail. I usually went with him. I was taught how to swing a golf club by Hammy Moore, the owner. I have pictures of Kimballs too.
Karen Harrington September 14, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Thanks for the memories. We have many family memories and pictures of my family when I lived on the South Shore making a big deal out of coming to the Town Lyne House for the pecan rolls that my Dad liked.
Julia Hallenborg September 14, 2012 at 06:49 PM
As you can tell from my comments I am a- whats called - a Townie. Lived in Lynnfield my whole life. My kids were born here. My middle son worked at Town Lyne House for a few years and making those pecan rolls was his job. Still can't get him to make them for us. Was talking today about Pleasure Island, Albertson's Ice Cream Parlor located on Pillings Pond..(where I still live)
Ernie Hutchins October 14, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Julia--My stepfather work at the Suntaug Inn as a busboy and waiter in the late 20's and early 30's. I guess it was pretty classy in those days. One of my favorites was the Paddock Club on the other side of the lake. Although that might have been Peabody? We got all of the hand-me-down Bruins hockey equipment from Hammy. Think he was the Bruins trainer for a few years. You must have been in school with the O'Roukes, Plaisteds, Betsy McGregor, Peter and Carol? Schwartz. I was avery youngster in those days, class of 60. Lived on Hutchins Circle.
Julia Hallenborg October 14, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Ernie, Wow, nice to hear from you. Do you still live in Lynnfield? Yes I know the Rourkes and Plaisteds. My husband knew the Schwarts. Did you know Bobby Baker who lived on Hutchins Circle? He still works at the golf course. Your right about the Paddock. It was in Peabody. Also, my husband taught me to drive on the Peabody Speedway when it was empty. I wonder too, if you knew my brother Jim Miller? He was closer to your age. He has passed away now. I love talking about the old days. I was good friends with the Ramsdell Sisters if anyone remembers them.
Ernie Hutchins October 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Julia, no we do not live in Lynnfield anymore. I left in 1965 when i married. My parents lived on Hutchins Circle for years. We did sell the house in 2005 after my stepfather passed. At any rate we always had a place to stay when visiting. My parents lived on "Old Pillings Pond Road" in a "cottage" while our house was being built in 1941 Yes, Bobby Baker lived across the street from us. I ran into him at the golf course about 10-12 years ago. I dont think I knew your brother, although names become hard to recall after 50+ years. I did have several classmates that lived in your neighborhood. The Duncans, Hastings, and English's. We also used the boat launch at the end of Crest Road on many occasions. I spent many a Saturday night at West Peabody Speedway. I guess you are one of the few families that has stayed in town all these years. I did find a few more while attending a high school reunion last year. We have lived all over the country in the last 45 years. However, we still try and get back once a year for our Fried Clam fix, and to tend to the family plot at Forest Hills. We live in Anacortes WA now. It reminds us of a typical little New England town. We have several local friends that grew up around the Lynnfield area. One fellow was a lifeguard with me at Lynn Beach in the late 50's. One of my wife's friends (here) dated Jimmy Meaney from S. Lynnfield. Lynnfield was such a great place to grow up in the 40's & 50's
Julia Hallenborg October 16, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Oh my gosh, Jimmy Meany was one of my brother's best friends. We grew up right across the street from Perley Burrill's gas station and Jim lived on Fairview Ave. I often wonder what's happened with Jim, he was the only kid that grew up with us that did not come to my brothers funeral. Any chance you know if he is still with us? Old Pillings Pond Road has probably changed a lot since your Mom and Dad lived there. My husband grew up on Crest Road with Sonny and Mary English, they lived right next door..right at the Crest Road ramp. We now live on Crescent Ave., for 55 years now. We are right on the pond and have a poontoon boat as do many on the pond, so we know just about everyone that lives on the pond. We meet out there on summer nights and tie up the boats and talk about the old days. That's all we have left is talk..things have changed so much. Still love the town though and will stay as long as we can. Thanks for keeping in touch. It's a small world.
Nikki October 16, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Julia, did Mr. & Mrs. English have a son named Sam? If so, do you know what has become of him?
Ernie Hutchins October 16, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I believe he passed away several years ago. When my wifes friend mentioned this to us, I googled his name. His obit came up. I believe he lived in N Reading. Being a Lynnfield Center kid, we always thought of anything east of RT-1 as part of Lynn. :) Jimmy belonged to the "older" kids group back then. Seems like only 3-4 years difference in those days was like a generation. My stepfather was in Claudine Chadwells (Sylvan Circle) class at Lynn Classical. She was my 3rd grade teacher at the old center school. I was in the same class as Lance, her son that was killed in an auto accident at Whale Mouth Rock on Lynnfield Street? Also worked with one of the O'Conner girls for a number of years. They lived around the corner from Perely's 18 cent gas. My email is erniehutchins@comcast.net. We may be boring some of the younger folks that belong to Patch. May stop by your house to say Hi the next time we are in Lynnfield.
Julia Hallenborg October 17, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Hi Nikki, Yes, Sonny's given name was Sam, named for his Dad, but we have not seen or heard of him for several years. He did live on Parsons Ave for a while but not sure what has happened with him. Ernie, the Chadwells were my neighbors as well. I thought the accident took place on Ramsdells Curve..where the 99 is on Salem Street. If I remember, it was the reason that curve was finally done away with. If you come to visit try to make it a summer day. We'll take you for a boat ride on Pillings. You'll see a lot of changes.
Ernie Hutchins October 17, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Julia---you are really good!! It could have been that curve by the Tally Ho! (Bet your father could tell you stories about that establishment.) My parents forbid me from going there. (hence the Paddock Club) I always get confused between that curve, Dead Mans curve on the old RT-1 by Ships Haven, and Whale Mouth Rock. I was also in Billy English's class. Sams younger brother. Speaking of Parsons Ave, Ken, Donald, Peter, and Ruth Ann Gates. Kenny may have been close to your class. Do you know Nikki? Sounds like long time resident. The Kernwood I think opened about the time I left the area. My sister (Linda) was a waitress there for a few years.
Nikki October 17, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Thanks for the info on Sam, Julia. I met him once at a party many years ago and thought what a nice guy he is. Alas, I was involved with someone else at the time, lol! If the accident you are talking about was the one where three boys died, I believe it was up further east on Salem St...sort of across from Brook Drive. I enjoy listening in on your and Ernie's reminiscing. You know, I think all of us kids were told to "stay away" from the Tally Ho!


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