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Saratoga restaurant, 1978

Posted on June 27, 2016 | in Uncategorized | by
The dinning room of the Saratoga Restaurant, 856 East High Street in Lexington in April of 1978.The Saratoga 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 dining room of the Saratoga Restaurant, 856 East High Street in Lexington, in April 1978. The Saratoga was a Chevy Chase landmark and was known for its characters: bookies, college professors, socialites and City Hall types. Tommy “Totsie” Rose opened it in 1953 and named it after the famous Saratoga Race Course 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 late-night 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. Click here to see an exterior view of the restaurant. Photo by John C. Wyatt | Staff

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