I didn't grow up in the Lilac City but I love being a member of the group on Facebook called "You KNOW you're from Rochester, NH if you..." I enjoy learning about this area from the people who have always called it home. Their passion and vivid memories make these places come alive, even if I never got the chance to visit some of them. For some, this photo of the Old Melrose Restaurant on the corner of Salmon Falls Road and Route 16 sparks lots of nostalgia: Back in the 60's and 70's, this place was an institution!

Irene M. Collins via Facebook
Irene M. Collins via Facebook

The picture got so much love and had people taking a stroll down memory lane. As I read through the comments, I learned that the Old Melrose Restaurant (aka Melrose Grill to some) was right across the street from a drive-in movie theater and right by Lamberts salvage yard. It was a hot spot for Friday night dinners with the fam, after work beers with the boys, or Sunday morning breakfasts after a long night of partying.

The good Old Melrose Restaurant employed many a Rochester resident. People mentioned in the comments that their mom, dad, sister, or grandpa worked there at one time and they would go out to eat to visit them! Here's some other fun memories people shared:

Bill Patch: Staggered out of there many times

Sherry Taylor Sargent: Where I met my Husband!!

BJ Caron: Went there with our parents. Fries and gravy!

I hear now it is an antiques shop to to many, it will always be the Old Melrose Restaurant. Thanks for sharing the memories, friends!

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