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Papa Danziger and the Man who saved the Rathskeller

by Dan "Arthur" Gifford


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Jamie Cromartie      2:39 PM Fri 3/12/2010

Your dad Henry Gifford gave a talk to our cub scout den about the time that picture was taken. The den used to meet in the barn, which is still there, behind 511 E Rosemary. The pack met at the Presbyterian Church, Cubmaster Bill Straughn, whose family lived on the corner of Rosemary and Hillsboro Streets, now a parking lot.<br \><br \>Yes, what great places the Danzigers ran. I beleive that Charles M. Jones was manager for them for many years after he retired from preaching at the Community Church of Chapel Hill. He&#39;d been a cook in the Tex-Mex border before that. I recall taking my girlfriend out to a steak dinner at the Ranch House in 1966. cost: $12.

Charly Mann      2:07 PM Mon 10/26/2009

Hey Larry - It was &quot;Papa&quot; Danziger&#39;s son, Ted, who started the Rat, then the Ranch House, then the Zoom-Zoom, and finally took over the Villa Temptesta to make it the Villa Teo. He died young, and his widow did a great job maintaining these businesses.<br \><br \>Ledbetter&#39;s was the only stationery store for decades in Chapel Hill, and seemed to always keep adding more rows of cards for sale. Mr Ledbetter&#39;s mother, by the way, had the last &quot;boarding&quot; house for UNC student through I think the early 60s.

Larry007      12:44 PM Mon 10/26/2009

I may not know my history too well but I thought Mr. Danziger also owned The Zoom Zoom and the Ranch House Steak House. Gosh, these were great places to eat. I also do not know who owned Ledbetter-Pickard Stationery but it was a great gift shop and I loved getting Christmas cards there to send back home.

J Morgan      6:25 PM Sat 10/24/2009

I graduated from UNC in 1953. For my money Danziger&#39;s Old World Restaurant was the best place ever to eat at on Franklin Street.

Peggy Holmes      3:47 PM Sat 10/24/2009

I&#39;m a relic who goes back to when Danziger&#39;s was the best restaurant on Franklin Street. It was also the top place to get a coffee in the 1940s and 50s. By the 1960s it had evolved into a great gift store featuring crafts and dinnerware from Germany, France, Sweden, Austria, and Holland.

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