April 6 – Happy Birthday Guy Isabel

guyisabelThe best way to describe Isabel’s Restaurant on West Main Street in Amsterdam for folks not old enough to remember it is that it really was the Raindancer of the 1950’s and 60’s. And today’s Amsterdam Birthday Blog celebrant truly was “the Guy” who made it “the place” to have dinner in this town for a period of over three decades.

When I was born in 1954, my family lived on Leonard Street, the one-block strip of two family homes dominated by the old (and now collapsing) Breton factory building. At the foot of that street, on the south side of West Main stood Isabel’s. Back then the place had no parking lot, so every Friday and Saturday night for most of my childhood, I can remember our street-lighted whiffle and kick-ball games getting continuously disrupted by the constant flow of late-model sedans that were parking to go to Isabel’s or just leaving the place after having dinner. It seemed as if every doctor, lawyer, businessman and politician in Amsterdam would show up for for a weekend meal…

You can read the rest of my story about this Amsterdam restauranteur in my new book “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays.” To order your copy, click here.

4 thoughts on “April 6 – Happy Birthday Guy Isabel

  1. The Firth Family went to Isabels every Sunday after taking a ride around the lakes in the summer and also the fall and winter. We always sat in the same booth. Love your blogs. It brings back such great memories.


    1. We would alternate between Isabels and Perez every Sunday
      Loved Isabels..great food…great people. I remember the good times I had with Guy, Lou and Pup. Miss it


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