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.