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Caruso's opened in 1930 and moved later to what we now call Lakeshore Drive. Then it was simply called Lake Street. Caruso's was named for Enrico Caruso, an Italian tenor, and it was just as classy as he
In searching for information on it, I came across the minutes of the Cdga Rotary Club from last year, and one of their long standing members mentioned how great it was in his recollections to the group. Another
In pursuit of Quietness) reminisces about her trip there in 1958 on Mother's Day and how her father made it a special occasion place for them. She remembers it as being "fancy". I suspect that if you polled the senior citizen's of Cananadaigua, the ones that grew up locally, every one, would have fond memories of both the place and the food. I know I do, and I really remember it best as a party house. The Fargo family would convert it to The Lakeshore House, Cdga's premier party house in the 80's and for the next 25 years hosted more events there than any other Cdga venue. I attended lunches there when I was a Kiwanis member and countless members of my class had their wedding receptions there, my own included. A classmate, Robin, tells me that I attended our 10th class reunion there too, but you couldn't prove it by me. She says we sang "American Pie" together, but frankly that doesn't narrow down the location, crowd, or decade for me. I'll just have to trust that she is correct. She's not the only woman in my life who corrects me either, the one I took to our wedding reception at the Lakeshore House does that too.
We were married at St. Mary's Church, but we celebrated that day at the Lakeshore House. The Rolls Royce pulled into the covered portico that ran along the east side of the party house and we disembarked to
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I'll finish, maybe not as expected, but with hope for that parcel. I think we can share wonderful memories of a location, but allow for the fact that time does march on. Business models from then don't necessarily work today, but that's not to say you can't create a place that will be equally as memorable for the coming generations. That's up to the developers, and I wish them well. Make it good enough and you'll have my business again, you see, I have a history with that place.