Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Farewell to the dark side

I loved the "dark side" of Odessa and was sorry to see it close this last weekend.  On a Friday or Saturday night, it was a haven amidst the mayhem of Avenue A. 

Goodbye Odessa

This last St Patrick's Day, I sat quietly at the bar and watched the snow fall all afternoon.  For me, that was heaven.

Odessa

I enjoyed the casual cozy atmosphere - snug and warm in winter, dark and cool in summer.

Odessa 

I liked to go in when Leo was working.  He played the best funkadelic music and mixed a mean greyhound.

Last call at Odessa

The crazy decor...

Odessa

And, yes, the FOOD.  Say hello to the chicken parmesan, big enough to share and take home.

Odessa

Here's to another memory.


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5 comments:

  1. This is just so maddening. We all know that the replacement probably won't last too long.

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  2. Yet another place I can't return to when I come to visit. Glad I got to see it while it was still there.

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  3. So long Odessa. Thanks for the fond memories. See you soon Leo!

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  4. A lovely tribute. The Ukrainian/Polish restaurants & bars here have always meant comfort to me, and it's so sad to see them dwindling. They make me think of the Polish and Ukrainian friends no longer around, of family, and just the smell of the food, the feel of the places make me think of the sheer joy of getting here almost thirty years ago. They connect me to how the city felt then, & I am completely at home. I'm horrified at the thought of the Stage maybe disappearing too.

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