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Passages ....

Next Monday, September 5, 2011 will be the final day of business operations of The Land of Fruit and Nuts aboard Long Beach's Queen Mary.  Russ Cugno, its owner, has worked on the ship since the 1970's where he started with his parents in the Shell Shop, originally located in one of the shopping malls on Sun Deck.   Russ lost his only daughter recently and wants to take it easy. As he likes to say, "my shakes definitely don't suck".   I wish him the very best.


Going forward it will be interesting to see how the new operator, Evolution Hospitality, and the ship's historic consultant, John Thomas, handle plans for reuse of this section of the former Long Gallery.   You will recall that Mr. Thomas consulted with Delaware North on the renovation of the Chelsea Restaurant into the Chelsea Chowder House.   Their reuse of this forward section of the former Long Gallery will be a good indicator of their plans going forward.


                            
     
                    





      


    



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So sorry to hear that place is closing. The shakes really are amazing and have been a staple of every visit I've ever made to the Queen Mary since I was a child! BUT, also very excited to see what will become of the space. Are the whereabouts of that amazing table beneath the painting known?

Wow

That's surprising and sad, I do wish the best for him and his family during this difficult time. I'll miss the shakes, they were definitly a great addition to the experience (although better located via a restaurant or lounge or something, but I digress). I'm curious to see what happens with this room. I'm thinking of several possibilities and frankly I wouldn't put some of them past the management.

-Private dining room for "Queen's Salon"
-Lounge/greeting area for "Queen's Salon"
-New snack and/or shake shop
-Gift shop
-Long Gallery/Midships Bar Exhibit
-Bar (perhaps called the "Midships Bar")
-Restored portion of Long Gallery

After that, I'm out of ideas.

Seriously though, send my condolences to Russ and his family, I'll keep them in my thoughts.