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November 17, 2009

1978 - Cyranos's Restaurant

"Location: N.E. corner of Clayton Road and DeMun. Commerce Bank is presently located there."
--David Bales
Source: David Bales collection


  1. i was a dish washer and busboy at cyrano's during my senior year at h.s. - 1965-66. johnnie rabbit and bruno j. grunion, kxok d.j.s were customers and other notables, and guys who wanted to impress dates - it was expensive for the time and the ice cream deserts were monumental. robert was the matre d' who "knew everybody." most of the waiters were concordia seminary students from a few blocks north. owners john and pat marshall lived on the 2nd floor and ran a hifi shop on the first floor. they cooked the most wonderful beef roasts all day long in regular ovens in a garage out back, and the au jus sliced beef sandwiches were succulent. on fridays or saturdays people were lined up out the door and down the sidewalk waiting for tables. the staff often didn't leave until 4 or 5 am. i worked every other night and still managed to graduate h.s. -john boyd, cape girardeau, mo.

  2. I remember going to Cyrano's for my birthday or other special occasions when I was kid in the mid 1960's and early 70's. As John, above, describes, I remember how wonderful the sliced beef sandwiches were and how great the ice cream deserts were. I have lived and eaten in NYC and Washington D.C. and other cities but nothing comes close to the experience of going to Cyrano's in this era. (I wish I could have seen Johnny Rabbit!). I seem to remember that Cyrano's had a very cool and sophisticated sound system that was on display as you came in -- but maybe I am remembering another great Clayton restaurant.

  3. I remember going to Cyrano's with my sister and brother-in-law when I was in my early to mid teens mid to late 1960's and I was in heaven. From the moment you walked down the steps and witnessed the music sound system, to the dark and very classy interior, it was mesmerizing.... I can still taste the World's Fair Eclair! The ice cream was divine and the whipped cream was over the top. I thought it very interesting that patrons were from one extreme to the other. Flip flops and tuxedos in the same place and no one cared. Ah, the memories....

    Thom Freeman, Cedar Grove, NC (originally from Cape Girardeau, Mo.)

  4. Does anyone remember how much a Nectar de Cyrano cost in 1964? I loooooved going there on dates and recall that exotic version of a chocolate milkshake was $5 -- super-expensive for the time. Have I got that right?


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