The Crystal Beer Parlor Celebrates Anniversary

One year ago, John and Phillip Nichols reopened a Savannah tradition: The Crystal Beer Parlor. “It has indeed, been a very good year,” say coowners John and Phillip Nichols. “We have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm of Savannah folks, and visitors who are thrilled that a piece of Savannah’s past is back and thriving.”

In celebration of the re-opening anniversary of Savannah’s second oldest restaurant and bar, the Nichols brothers invite all Savannah to join them October 26, 2010, for: the dedication of the Monroe and Smitty Room in memory of the beloved longtime waiters who were Chrystal Beer Parlor favorites for fifty-plus years at 3 p.m. Members of Monroe Whitlock’s and A.G. “Smitty” Smith’ families will be assisted by long-time friend Floyd Adams in recalling memories significant to all Savannahians.

From 6 to 9 p.m. there will be Music Through the Years with Savannah’s favorite memory keeper Roger Moss. Roger will be strolling and crooning tunes reminiscent of all the memorable decades during which the Crystal has been a part of Savannah’s social landscape. All day long, restaurant visitors cab enjoy ten cent draft beer with the purchase of any Crystal meal.

In the early 1900s, what was to become The Crystal Beer Parlor opened as the Gerken Family Grocery Store operated by Julius Weitz, his parents and siblings. The store was sold to William and Connie Manning in the early thirties, and was one of the first American eating establishments to serve alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition.

Native Savannahians still talk about Crystalsome were engaged there, had their first date or their first beer, or came with their family for a juicy burger, homemade fries or creamy crab stew. Many of the pictures on the walls depict scenes from the family photo album are proudly displayed in the Monroe Room, lovingly named for Monroe Whitlock, and A.G. “Smitty” Smith who were servers for almost 45 years.

The Nichols are proud to be a part of such a rich and colorful piece of Savannah’s past. For more information, please contact Phillip Nichols at (912)349-1000.

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