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David Bowie Photo Shoot

Inside the Former Uptown Snack Shop

The Uptown Snack Shop served as a backdrop for a photo shoot with David Bowie, as seen in this video.

Unfortunately, those who are new to Uptown have never even heard of the diner. After 43 years of providing affordable, home-cooked meals in a friendly, Uptown-neighborhood-stabilizing atmosphere, the Uptown Snack Shop was given 30 days notice by the owner of the building as part of a plan to build yet more condos. A review on Centerstage.net had this to say about the beloved establishment:

"Relatively unchanged since its debut in 1954, the steel kitchen accessories, ample counter-space and turquoise vinyl booths and stools of this awesome petite diner hark back to a time of milkshakes, bobby socks and flat-tops. Owners and brothers Ted, Pete and Alex Phillos have kept the food comfortable and inviting and the prices low.

"Early birds can start their mornings with coffee and a smile, as well as standards like omelets, egg plate specials, pancakes and all the usual sides, with most breakfast fare running $1 to $3. For lunch, sample the daily soup, or enjoy one of the many sandwiches: fried egg ($1.25) or porkchop ($3.25). Daily specials like spaghetti and meatballs ($4.90) or breaded pork tenderloin ($5.15) round out the menu. The service can't be beat, and the food is exactly what you would expect from a topnotch, family-run eatery."

As of this writing, more than a year after the Uptown Snack Shop closed, the building remains empty.

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