History Press to release ‘Classic Restaurants of Youngstown’ on April 15

The History Press will release ‘Classic Restaurants of Youngstown’ on March 7. The book was written by local authors Thomas Welsh and Gordon F. Morgan.

The History Press will release ‘Classic Restaurants of Youngstown’ on April 15. The book was written by local authors Thomas Welsh and Gordon F. Morgan.

Local authors Thomas Welsh and Gordon F. Morgan have announced that their new book, “Classic Restaurants of Youngstown,” will be released by the Charleston, S.C.-based History Press on April 15, 2014.

The 224-page book, available for pre-orders on March 7, lists for $21.99. With a number of illustrations, “Classic Restaurants” provides an historical overview of the city’s restaurant industry, moving from 1945 to the present.

“Classic Restaurants of Youngstown” opens with a description of downtown Youngstown after World War II, when the district was studded with dozens of restaurants, including the Mural Room, Raver’s, the Italian Restaurant, and Jay’s Lunch. As the community’s center of gravity shifted, however, many of the city’s popular restaurants – including the Colonial House, the Mansion, and Cicero’s – operated in newly developed commercial hubs like the Uptown District.

While the book describes the manner in which trends like suburbanization and deindustrialization contributed to the decline of the city’s restaurant industry, it also calls attention to establishments that have served as symbols of continuity in changing neighborhoods, including the MVR, the Golden Dawn, and the Boulevard. Meanwhile, the narrative describes how Youngstown’s ethnic and racial diversity shaped the development of a unique local cuisine that remains one of the community’s greatest assets.

“Classic Restaurants of Youngstown” ends on a hopeful note, concluding with a description of Youngstown’s revitalized downtown, which currently hosts an impressive range of restaurants, eateries, nightclubs and coffee shops. The 224-page book was produced in partnership with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, which provided historical images as well as access to menus, advertisements, and other materials related to the local restaurant industry.

Welsh previously co-authored “Strouss’: Youngstown’s Dependable Store,” a historical overview of Youngstown’s iconic Strouss’ Department Store, which was established in 1875 and operated until 1986. Morgan has contributed articles to various local news publications, including Metro Monthly. In addition, he writes for and edits Drum and Bugle Call, the newsletter of the Mahoning Valley Civil War Round Table, where he serves as program director.

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  1. Denise Wissenbach Viano says:

    This is such a wonderful thing. My mother ran and later owned the Isaly’s on Judson and Market Street. Growing up on the South Side I was privileged to eat in so many of these area restaurants. These establishments were like family to so many. Looking forward to this!!

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  2. Diane Simon Ginsberg says:

    This book is great. Received my copy this week. Brings back many memories as my Dad owned the Mural Room.

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