While cleaning out the apartment of my late Aunt Fran and Uncle Joe, we found hundreds of restaurant matchbooks - a testament not only to their love of world travel but to Fran's overarching disdain of cooking.
The matchbooks, collected from the '60s to the '00s, offer a snapshot of restaurants' fleeting lives. They also represent a significant fire hazard.
Remember these Philly spots? Know what occupies these bricks now? Add your thoughts to the comments, and I'll post a follow-up with further explanation.
And since I have hundreds of matchbooks, I'll do this again.
Today's collection and hints:
The Steps: a gay club from the 1970s (I never got to ask Fran and Joe about this one)
Hotel Tremont: a suburban landmark whose name is coming back soon, in a way
Liberties: a bar staple in the city
Totaro's: a high-rated Italian restaurant tucked into a bar
The Astral Plane: a funky, romantic landmark in Center City
East Philly Cafe: a late-'70s singles bar on the hippest street in town