It saddens me to see two more landmarks of my 45 years in Squirrel Hill closing their doors (“As final pin falls, memories echo at Forward Lanes,” May 4).
Forward Lanes and Murray Avenue News are just the latest victims of change and the times.
As one who continues to relish print and my many print newspaper subscriptions, I was stunned to read of the extent to which Murray Avenue’s sales has crumbled. Other gems that are no longer with us but fondly remembered, include the marvelous and beloved Poli Restaurant and Sir Loin Inn, where I worked as cashier and host in the mid-1970s.
In dating myself, I fondly recall Sir Loin’s $1.95 complete lunch, which would pack in the customers and the businessmen’s table that was available to accommodate local merchants like Reich/Frank’s Jim Reich and Perlman Optical’s Lou Perlman.
My days in Squirrel Hill are long past, but I hope that it will remain the vibrant distinctive community that has offered so much to area residents.
South Strabane Township