“Meet me at the Alcove” has been a popular phrase heard through- out downtown Mount Vernon since the late 1930s. Today, the Alcove continues to preserve its historical tradition and warm character. The restaurant is for more than dining–it’s a stage for the arts, a meeting space for business people and civic groups, and a gathering place for regulars and visitors alike. In an age of eating on the go, the Alcove and its patrons recognize its importance as an enduring part of the Knox County community.
“The Alcove is unique; it’s not a franchise. It comes with a history, and I think people can sense that when they walk in.” Bruce Jacklin, director, Alcove Dinner Theatre
“The Alcove remains a destination, which helps draw people to our community. It’s an anchor for the downtown district.” Diane Fulton, Alcove employee
“We used to meet at Mazza’s Restaurant, but since it closed we meet at the Alcove. These types of restaurants are going by the wayside. We’re going to ‘if I don’t get my meal in five minutes, I’m beeping the horn.’ That’s some- thing that’s missing in our society: the sit-down meal, the enjoying of the meal.” Ginny Williams, Exchange Club member
Candyland, circa 1911, provided a meeting place for high schoolers to enjoy ice cream and candy. Courtesy the Alcove
Characters Christine and Rhoda Penmark embrace during an emotional scene in the Alcove Dinner Theatre’s production of The Bad Seed. Courtesy Bruce Jacklin and Company
The lounge, also known as “the Library,” offers a comfortable setting for friends and families to relax and dine.
Candyland was transformed into the Alcove in 1937 with the addition of sandwiches and other home-style dishes. Courtesy the Alcove
The Alcove menu of the 1930s cited the Prohibition Law, warning against the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Courtesy the Alcove
Fred A. Surlas emigrated from Greece and co-founded Candyland with Peter J. Francis in 1911. Courtesy the Alcove