A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 05, 2022
Big Apple Restaurant (Asheville, NC, 1957-1991)

The Big Apple Restaurant existed at 573 Swannanoa River Road in Asheville, North Carolina, from 1957 to 1991. From 1957 until about 1963, it was called the Big Apple Drive-In. The “Big Apple” name is not explained, but it followed the national 1937 “Big Apple” dance craze and many other restaurants named “Big Apple.”
11 June 1957, Asheville (NC) Citizen, pg. 12, col. 6 ad:
for the BIG APPLE!
Sizzle and savor are the buy-words at the Big Apple, a new Drive-In Restaurant on Old Black Mountain Highway. And the owner’s handy helper is the BIG “E”...Electricity!
(Carolina Power & Light Company.—ed.)
25 December 1962, Asheville (NC) Citizen, pg. 50, col. 1 ad:
573 Swannanoa Road   AL 2-6488
21 March 1965, Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, Honor Roll sec., pg. 2, col. 4:
1957—EIGHT YEARS—1965
“Where friends meet to eat”
573 Swannanoa Road 252-6488
23 December 1966, Asheville (NC) Citizen, pg. 19, col. 7 ad:
Big Apple Restaurant
573 Swannanoa River Road
7 May 1967, Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, pg. 8D, col. 1 classified ad:
WANTED experienced waitress, for the Big Apple Drive In. For information call 252-7433.
10 April 1991, Asheville (NC) Citizen, “Crime Reports,” East Neighbors, pg. 10, col. 3:
Burglary reported by Big Apple at 573 Swannanoa River Road.
23 June 1991, Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, pg. 7C, col. 3 ad:
Big Apple Restaurant
573 Swannanoa River Road
Asheville, N.C.
7 AM-8 PM Mon-Sat
Good Home Cooking for the Family
23 May 1994, Asheville (NC) Citizen-Times, “Deaths/Funerals,” pg. 4B, col. 4:
Elizabeth Haynes Hensley, 72, of 573 Swannanoa River Road, died Saturday, May 21, 1994.
She was a native of Rutherford County and a resident of Buncombe County most of her life. She owned the Big Apple and Beachwood Restaurants along with Hensley’s Produce in Asheville.
24 August 2009, Charlotte (NC) Observer, pg. 5B, col. 3:
George Koutris
ASHEVILLE—Mr. Koutris, 72, of Candler, NC, died August 23, 2009, at the Dickson Hospice House un Huntersville, NC, battling with Parkinson’s Disease.
He opened his first restaurant, the Big Apple, on Swannanoa River Rd., in Asheville, NC, ...

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