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Fred Lynch

Last of the Alvarado

Posted Friday, August 23, 2013, at 12:00 AM

May 20, 1971 Southeast Missourian

The old Alvarado, once one of the most attractive restaurants in the area, is no more. Here, Ray Yeager of Cape Girardeau, bulldozer operator for Drury Construction Co., pushes the final bit of rubble left from demolition into the basement of the old structure. The Broadway-Highway 61 intersection is in the background.

The old building, with its unusual Spanish architecture, was reduced a number of years ago to a spare, rectangular building with removal of its towers and came onto bad days. An oil company will use the site for construction of a filling station. (Missourian photo by Steve Robertson)

This previous blog tells the history of the Alvarado:


The Colonial Restaurant, formerly Colonial Tavern, can be seen across Kingshighway:

Colonial Tavern


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  • Here are some other shots of the Colonial Tavern.


    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Aug 23, 2013, at 12:13 AM
  • It's interesting to peruse through history via EBay - do a keyword search on 'Cape Girardeau', and all sorts of memorabilia pops up, from postcards, advertising knick-knacks (matchbooks, pencils, ash trays) of businesses from yesteryear, school yearbooks, church cookbooks, soda bottles from local bottlers, etc.

    A color postcard of the Alvarado has popped up on several occasions.

    -- Posted by fxpwt on Tue, Aug 27, 2013, at 5:53 PM