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Stirring up…

February 5th, 2010

Any title I had for this post was going to be tacky so I didn’t even bother finishing it.
As part of my job at the History Center I get to look through lots of boxes with all sorts of artifacts in them.  I recently came across a box that had a bunch of old cocktail stirrers from old restaurants.  I got a kick out them and thought some of you might too. 

From left to right is Ken’s Steakhouse, Finnerty’s (Wayland), Maridor, Timothy’s Too, Framingham Motor Inn, Framingham Liquors and the Knaughty Knights Lounge- whatever that was.   It must have been where Molly Mallone’s is now at the Sheraton Tara.  Not sure if it was a regular restaurant or more of a “gentlemens” bar but anyone remembers that place, I’d love to hear what it was like.


  1. I worked at Molly’s in the early 90’s and don’t recall anyone mentioning it, I would be interested myself. Interesting place to work, all hotels of that size have a few ghosts rattling around.

    Comment by Chris February 6, 2010 @ 3:14 am

  2. talk about a blast from the past! I worked at the Tara in the mid ’70s while going to Framingham State. Yes, the Knaughty Knights lounge was the previous version of Molly Malones. Nothing crazy, just the hotel bar and the name was in keeping with the whole castle theme the Tara had going at the time. What fun times getting to clean up the place on a Sunday morning. A co-worker once found $50, that was a good day.

    Comment by Charlie February 8, 2010 @ 11:39 am

  3. I remember the Knaughty Knight Lounge in the early 80’s at the Sheraton. It wasn’t anything fancy. Just a place to meet up for a drink.

    And I do remember hanging out at Timothy’s Too when they had jello wrestling. Wow. That was all so long ago.

    Comment by Susie February 8, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

  4. Do they still use the term “Swizzle Sticks” for these. When I was a kid that was what these were called. Haven’t seen one in ages!

    Comment by Barry Kazmer February 11, 2010 @ 1:05 am

  5. Talk about bringing up old ghosts…
    I was the ref for the jello show all those years ago.
    every now and then I’ll run into one of the girls that wrestled and we have a good laugh

    Comment by The ref March 1, 2010 @ 1:56 pm

  6. I just found this webpage.. how fun… well.. where are those great red wagon wheels stirrers from Red Coach Grill ? My dad use to get 2 of them, break off the stick part, then take half of the stick part, warm up the end with his lighter and make wheels and axels out of the stirrers.. ahhhh good ol’ days..

    Comment by Judy Jo Drake April 2, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

  7. i was a bouncer at both timothy’s amd timothy’s too..we all worked for a guy named peter duca…timothy’s was an all out 70’s style disco …too was more laid back with folk bans and such that would play in a loft…loooong time ago..

    Comment by rich gilgallon May 21, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

  8. Hi everyone ,a little history for the record.Timothy”s Too had live cover bands (good ones) with disco at the band breaks.Butch if you ever read this ….i love you man.Anyway,Spirits was the more laid back club as you put it.both places did well for many years.I started as a door man ,then bartender,and was the last manager to run T Too.We closed in “84”.To all our loyal patrons out there (you know who you are),all i can say is ,time of your kid,time , of , your , life.I miss all you S.O.B.’s. P.S.Guess who came up with the idea for female jello wrestling :o) .Your welcome boys,my pleasure ! Adios my amigos Eddie B

    Comment by ed brownd September 26, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

  9. Wow…It has been a long time. I worked at Timothy’s, Duca’s and the Tara in the 70’s. All distinctly different bars. Timothy’s was 18-25 crowd (live rock and tons of fights as drinking age was 18), Ducas was 26-40’s (good bands but smaller) and the Tara night club (show bands) was 40-whatever. Ton’s of activity up and down route 9 and many regulars would frequent all the bars and restuarants. Start down by Chateau DeVille and work your way up to Duca’s. Last call at 1:30

    At the end of the night, all go to the Copper Kettle for breakfast and whatever.

    Nothing like that now anywhere

    Comment by Bob S November 5, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  10. Timothy’s, wild times! Waitressed at both Timothy’s and Timothy’s Too in the late 70’s. I remember the drinking age going up and having to wait a few weeks to ‘legally’ drink again.

    Comment by Jo November 7, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

  11. Wow! These also made me think of The Red Barn!

    Comment by Jack Peterson November 15, 2010 @ 4:30 pm

  12. Ah the memories of route 9 back in the late 70’s. I can remember going to Vamps (at the old Meadows) The Pizza Pub & the Surrey Lounge inthe Center. The RedBarn in Westborough. Vibrations in the old Framingham Motor Inn in front of the Waterview apartments. But my FAV was Timothys Too. The best time of my younger days were spent there. All of that is all gone now but the great memories will always remain!!

    Comment by Rob Pace April 16, 2011 @ 3:18 pm

  13. I too worked at Timothy’s and Timothy’s Too and was caught in the 2 week time warp when the drinking age was raised.
    Does anyone know what became of The Vamp, from Vamps? I’m very curious about that. Thanks!!

    Comment by Jo September 9, 2011 @ 8:45 am

  14. Oh my gosh!!
    Just surfing and found this
    I was cocktail waitress for Tim too’s back in ’78

    Best times and best memories
    Still have my black Tim too’s cocktail tshirt dress

    Loved the people there
    I was originally from ny and lived in mass in 78
    Hello to all who remember

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