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Saratoga restaurant, 1978

Posted on October 6, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
The Saratoga restaurant photographed April 10, 1978 at 856 East High Street was a Chevy Chase landmark and best known for its characters: bookies, college professors, socialites and city hall types. Totsie Rose opened it in 1953 and named it after the famous Saratoga Race Track in New York. Ted Mims owned it from 1977 to 1989. He bought it from Ed Whitlock, who had bought it from Rose. Rob Ramsey and Joe Reilly, co-owners of Ramsey's Diner, owned it for a short time. A Toga menu, served from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, featured Mrs. McKinney's snappy beer cheese ($2.95), fried bologna ($2.50), cold meatloaf on white ($4.95) and fried egg sandwich ($2.50). The hot plate special for a Derby weekend was chicken and dumplings for $6.95. Photo by John C. Wyatt | staff

The Saratoga restaurant at 856 East High Street was a Chevy Chase landmark and was known for its characters: bookies, college professors, socialites and city hall types. Totsie Rose opened it in 1953 and named it after the famous Saratoga Race Course in New York. This photograph is from April 10, 1978. Ted Mims owned it from 1977 to 1989. He bought it from Ed Whitlock, who had bought it from Rose. Rob Ramsey and Joe Reilly, co-owners of Ramsey’s Diner, also owned it for a short time. A Toga menu, served from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Saturday, featured Mrs. McKinney’s snappy beer cheese ($2.95), fried bologna ($2.50), cold meatloaf on white ($4.95) and a fried egg sandwich ($2.50). The hot plate special for a Kentucky Derby weekend was chicken and dumplings for $6.95. Click here to see an interior view of the restaurant. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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