Not So Long Ago: Wisconsin and Q

This week for Not So Long Ago, GM once again returns to the Book Hill section of Wisconsin Ave. In particular it is the ragtag Georgetown Cafe location.

Georgetown Cafe was a greasy spoon restaurant that seemed to have its strongest appeal among late night revelers. It wasn’t spotless in 1993, but it sure looked a lot better than it does now (the cafe closed in the last year or so, but it hasn’t changed at all since then). GM understands that the landlord is looking for a restaurant to move in, so if you’re looking for a space, drop GM a line and he’ll put you in touch.

As for the other establishments, on the left in 1993 appears to have been an art gallery. As we’ve seen in some of the other old Book Hill shots, the character of upper Wisconsin as an upscale art/antiques district was not fully in place in 1993. So places like this were sort of forebearers of the Book Hill of today. Although in this particular instance, the space is now occupied by the Dog Shop, not an art or antique shop.

On the right in 1993 was a clothing store with the name “Le Petit Par[something]” (Le Petit Park? Le Petit Paris?). Sometime before 2004, Computers Plus took over this space and continues to operate a computer support shop since.

On the far right, you can just make out the side of Reed Electric, which was torn down in 2007 for the construction of a Commerce Bank (which became TD Bank).

Here are the photos:

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  1. The building on the right of the Cafe was for years and years the Audubon Society store, and the building on the left was Shelly Langston Portrait Studio. Shelly was a terrific photographer, as was her husband. Reed Electric was an well-established business run by Randy Reed. Randy was at one time the head of the local business association.

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