First Date, 25 Years Later!

Gene Payne
Clarendon Hills, IL

Back when my wife Liz lived in St. Michael's Parish in Old Town - and I still lived on the mighty South Side - we had our first date at Twin Anchors.

Tonight, May 30th, we're celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary by recreating that date at a little place on the corner of Sedgwick and Eugenie. The only question is, do we need reservations? (See you soon!)

True Connector

Daniel Porter
Glen Ellyn, IL

My buddy Tony from Sanwa is my go to guy for all the scoop on the "where it's at" "scene a be seen" right? - so, hey, Tony - where does a guy go out in Chicago for a nice first date? - Carsons? The Drake? Bub City? ......no, no Danny - no, the Best place in the city......"have you heard of Twin Anchors?" - I reply, "twin what?" "Twin Anchors" - no clue. Alright, I'll take her there - I trust you Tony. "you're my boy Danny - have fun" My Italian gf is going to be treated right!

A couple cabs later that night after looking for Twin Anchors and finally walking into this teeny tiny little "speak easy" of sorts, the crowded, bustling city eatery was AMAZING! Forget the fact that we were squeezed in between two 4 tops, our table for two was right out of "Lady & the Tramp". And that my friends, set the stage for the rest of my life in the Second, third or forth city.....the Best City in this world. Chicago - WGN - cbot/cme - Twin Anchors. HOLY COW!

Our first restaurant after High School

Jack La Brasca
Palatine, IL

After High school, we had jobs and our first real paychecks. Living just south of Twin Anchors, we finally were able to pay for a great rib meal. With one of our friends behind the bar, Gus Johns, we were always welcomed at the Twin Anchors. The TA was not popular beyond the Old Town area, but we knew the Ribs and Rye bread were something special.

Today, we drive from distant suburbs to dine at the place first served us (60 years ago)... Sinatra had good taste in music and Twin Anchor Ribs. Hope it stays open for generations to come. We miss St. Michael High School and the Plaza Theatre, so we appreciate that our child hood places remain.