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#761 Langford Rat

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 03:33 PM

I'm not sure if it was posted somewhere else on this site but I saw on Facebook a couple weeks a go that Bob Fisher (of Bob's Burgers fame) passed away at the ripe old age of 83. I don't know how well-known that burger joint was with folks from "town" but it was a legend here in the western communities. It was on the Colwood strip close to where the Burger King is now. I used to go there as a kid with my parents in the 60s. At first it was a just a little take-out shack but by the time I had my licence and took my dates there there it had grown to be a regular restaurant...typical American style diner like Arnolds from Happy Days. Some of the booths even had there own little juke boxes mounted on the wall above the tables.



#762 Mike K.

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 03:58 PM

Wow. Is there a business occupying the old space, or was the building bulldozed and replaced?

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#763 Jackerbie

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:10 PM

Wow. Is there a business occupying the old space, or was the building bulldozed and replaced?

 

Based on Rob's post, the original location was located where Burger King is now, 1681 Island Highway.



#764 Mike K.

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:14 PM

Oh crazy.

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#765 Rob Randall

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:45 PM

All Daily Colonist mentions of Bob's Burgers and the Island Highway address end abruptly in 1975.


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#766 Langford Rat

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 04:46 PM

I think Bob's was sold in the late 70s. It was an Indian restaurant for a couple of years after that (Taj Mahal). I think it was a little before its time...either that or Indian cuisine was just a little too exotic for the Colwood/Langford crowd. I never saw anyone in there. Then it became a place called J' Mai (or something like that). For the longest time I thought it was another Indian place and never tried it until I discovered it was actually a Chinese restaurant. They had outstanding food and it became our go-to for Chinese food for a couple of years. The building was in a pretty sad state of disrepair by this point and in the end they probably shut it down before it fell down. It sat boarded up for a few years before they finally dozed it. Right beside the Burger King (heading towards Victoria) is a used car lot. There is a little wooden building in the back corner that they use as a sales office. I think that may actually be a part of the original restaurant because I don't remember it being exactly where the Burger King building is. I remember it being further back from the road...right up against that big cliff face.



#767 Mike K.

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 05:10 PM

Nice.

And the house that was up on the cliff was something else, from what I’ve heard. Tucked away, it was quite private and included a big pool. It was sold about a decade back and now two condo buildings stand on the site.

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#768 Mike K.

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 03:50 PM

Where Turmeric is now on the Goldstream strip, Columbo’s was there before. But what was there before Columbo’s? It was some kind of a general diner/eatery or family restaurant, no?

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#769 Jaysomethin

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:37 PM

Tommy Tucker’s
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#770 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:52 PM

Tommy Tucker’s

 

how far back are we going?

 

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#771 Mike K.

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 04:59 PM

Very good, thank you!

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