|It's amazing what you can find on the Internet! An image Bit of Sweden in 1966 from a postcard (wasn't much different when I went there during the 1970's).|
As a kid I never thought to ask Grandmother if this was like the food her mom cooked, although I always assumed it was.
|They sold shoes beginning about 1965! "Shoe Sales in a Restaurant?," advertisement, San Diego Union, 6 Feb 1970, p. 23; Genealogybank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 8 Aug 2015).|
|I likely ate his cooking when I went to Bit of Sweden. "Harry Prather Succumbs at 87," obituary, 18 Feb 1980, page 24; Genealogybank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 8 Aug 2015).|
I wonder if this Chicago Bit of Sweden was from the same people? So now I wonder, did Grandmother eat there in Chicago? She did work in Chicago in the 1930's as a secretary, where she met and married my grandfather George Hartley, Jr (1907-1977):
|"Favorite Swedish Dishes Provide Changes," San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram, 15 Apr 1936, page 9; Genealogybank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : accessed 8 Aug 2015).|
|Image of the Bit of Sweden's entrance from Dan Soderberg's 2007 blog post Little Sweden, where he commented: "I remember when Bit Of Sweden at 2850 El Cajon Blvd. was open for business. I probably ate there. It is now a banquet facility for rent. And sometimes it is also referred to as Vasa Hall or Club."|
|A shadow of its former self. On the corner of El Cajon and Utah. From Google Maps Street View, March 2015.|
You can get a similar food experience now at Ikea. I love this kind of food, and I suspect you can go to Illinois and Minnesota and find places like this now. Scandinavian smorgasbords are hard to find here in San Diego.
Now I'm really hungry.
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