Beck's Bar and Grill
25th Street and Parrish Avenue,
Newport News, VA 23607
 
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CAROL

I WAS READING ABOUT HOW  FRED MAYS ('60 - of VA) LOVED PAL DRINKS. MY FAVORITE WAS NEHI GRAPE
I WISH THEY STILL MADE THOSE. IT REALLY HAD A GREAT TASTE. I WOULD GO TO BECK'S BAR AND GRILL
ON THE CORNER OF 25TH STREET AND PARRISH AVENUE ALMOST EVERY DAY AND GET ONE.

- GLENN DYE {'60} of TX - 11/11/06
Thanks, Glenn! That was one of my favorites, too!


Carol: 

I remember Beck's; however, I never went inside...probably because it was a bar and I remember walking past this
establishment as a child.  We lived on Sycamore Avenue, off 19th Street and I had to walk to Orcutt Avenue Baptist
Church almost anytime I went, with the exception of Sunday morning.  That was quite a long walk and I remember
walking this route, down 25th Street, beginning at 10 years of age.  I had to do this for choir practice, Vacation
Bible School in the Summer, and other special events that applied to me and not the rest of the family. 
Of course, this was a nice area and no danger....back in the good old days.  Going inside was not a
consideration as I did not know anything about the clientele.  It was located on the north side
of 25th Street, across from Tidewater Hardware.

- Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 11/15/06
Thanks, Fred!
 


Carol,

Beck's? Yes, I grew up right next door to Beck's. So did Sandi (Bateman Chestnut - '65 - of VA) (my older
sister
;o) ). Beck's had two doors on the front of the establishment. I always went in the one on the left hand
side; that was the side we kids used to purchase candy, soda and got orders to go. The door on the right side
was the adult side where the bar and booths were located.

The Beck's had two daughters (Claudia and Lenera); I believe they attended St. Vincent's.

In July 1964 Mr. Back closed the business and Sonny's relocated there.

I remember before Beck bought the place it was a small confectionary store.
Beck added on the right hand side of the establishment for the older folk.

I think Beck's was Mr. _____'s (NNHS teacher) first stop on the way home from school, then Johnnie's Dine and
Dance was his second. His third stop was up near Buddie's Place, but I can't remember the name of that one...

Oh, Carol, you may not want to publish my last sentence - ooops!!!

- Johnnie Bateman ('68) of VA - 11/16/06
GIGGLES!  Thanks, Johnnie!


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