We reviewed Warwick’s Han Palace, celebrating its second anniversary, where combination plates ranged from $4.50 to $6.50. “You won’t find a friendlier place to eat,” I remarked.
At the movies, we saw a terrible crime movie starring Anthony Quinn and F. Murray Abraham called Mobsters, and another terrible one by Mel Brooks called Life Stinks. My cheap line was “…and so does this movie.”
Lloyd Bridges was a riot in the “slap-your-knee, unsophisticated comedy” Hot Shots, with Charlie Sheen playing a pilot. Michael J. Fox played a young doctor in Alaska in the romantic comedy, Doc Hollywood. A great movie that went largely unnoticed was The Doctor, starring William Hurt, Christine Lahti and Mandy Patinkin.
Theatre-by-the-Sea had a “rollicking” Meredith Wilson musical, “The Music Man,” starring Michael McGrath, while Brown Summer Theatre had a wordy “Butley” by Simon Gray.
You could always count on Warwick Musical Theatre to provide the best entertainers in the business. This month it included comic Rita Rudner, Sha-Na-Na (Bowser is still around doing specials for PBS), Johnny Carson’s new successor, a guy from Boston named Jay Leno, Patti LaBelle and family entertainers Sharon, Lois & Bram, a favorite of my then 2-year-old grandson. Don Rickles and Engelbert performed, along with country singer K.T. Oslin, the comic with the big bushy hair at the time Howie Mandel, and the young singer Wayne Newton. Gallagher smashed watermelons. The Fifth Dimension went “Up Up and Away,” and the Charlie Daniels Band rocked the tent. The month ended with Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, filling in for the ill Fats Domino.
You could get twin lobsters for $13.99 at the All Aboard restaurant in East Greenwich. The meal also included chowder, potato salad, corn on the cob, cole slaw and watermelon.
The Bank Café, on the Warwick/Cranston line, was under new ownership.
Remember Monterey, a popular Ned Grace restaurant near the airport (now vacant after many attempts by others). They had a lobster extravaganza that included a lobster roll for $7.95, twin lobsters for $11.95, and a boiled pound and a half lobster for $6.95.
Remember the Family Restaurant in Pawtuxet Village? You could get a home-cooked dinner for $3.99 Monday through Thursday. We ate there at least once a week after Joyce “loaned” our stove to our son.
Then there was the Village Fish Market, where we enjoyed the “poor man’s seafood dinner” for under 10 bucks. It included baked stuffed quahogs, shrimp rolls, pasta salad and clam chowder.
How about Morgan’s Fancy, the “healthy food” catering service (Where Mr. Peabody’s used to be until it closed recently).
“Driving Miss Daisy” was directed by Judith Swift at Theatre-by-the-Sea, with Jeff Modereger doing the set. It starred Fiona Hall and Roger Robinson.