Retro Florida Menu – Aunt Hattie’s Chicken in the Woodpile

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I found this menu for Aunt Hattie’s Chicken in the Woodpile on eBay a few years ago. It’s especially neato because it’s autographed by Edward “Uncle Ed” Boore, husband of Aunt Hattie and founder of the restaurant. Aunt Hattie’s was opened in 1939 by Ed and Hattie Boore who had previously run a fruit stand. It closed in 1985. The full history of the restaurant is recounted by Scott Taylor Hartzell in this excellent St. Petersburg Times article.

aunt hattie's restaurant florida

aunt hattie's restaurant florida

 

aunt hattie's restaurant florida

aunt hattie's restaurant florida

aunt hattie's restaurant florida

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  1. today i puchased a box of vintage matchbook covers…one ofthem happened to be aunt hatties chicken in the woodpile! i am glad to have found your site and be able to read the article…by th way, i wear a fez also!

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    • That’s very cool! I collect vintage matchbook covers too, especially for Florida restaurants. And as the Doctor says, “fezes are cool”.

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  2. Enjoyed looking at the menu. That is my dad’s signature. The post card is of Aunt Hattie’s in St. Petersburg not Tampa. However there was a Aunt Hatties “Victorian” Restaurant in Tampa on Kennedy Blvd in the 1970’s. I spent 40 years of my life working in Aunt Hatties 1939-1979.

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    • Frank, that is very cool. Sorry it took me so long to reply. I will update the post, regarding the Aunt Hattie’s in St. Pete.

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  3. I worked at Aunt Hatties Towne House in Clearwater for 6 years and was there the day they closed. It had the best food ever and I still miss their cinnamon rolls and alltheir great food

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    • Sally, it’s always tragic when a great establishment like that shuts its doors.

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  4. My dad was a manager there for a couple of years in the late 50’s. From what I understand Ed and my dad had a falling out, not sure what it was all about and we ended up going back to Vermont in late 1959 and then to California. Wonder if Frank remembered my dad? My dad said he really like that place, said that the waitresses were paid $1.00 a day and made a lot of money in tips because they were really good. Places like these have loads of memories, some good and some bad but they are what they are. I remember eating there as a 9 or 10 year old and riding in the old wagon they had out there. Thank you for having this website and bringing back great memories.

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  5. My mom worked for Aunt Hatties in Clearwater and had their receipe for rice pudding which was the best in the world after her death and many moves of my own it has been lost does anyone know how i can get it. I would be forever indebted and so would my family.

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