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Saturday, 23 October 2010

THE UNDERWORLD CAFE - 1960'S

The Underworld Cafe, on the go in the 60's, was to be found at 204 Perth Road.
Owner was Alf Paladini, the guy in the picture.
Not sure if the interior designer had a split personality, but there seems to be a bit of a bizarre clash going on between a Swiss chalet look and a tropical island hut!
I like the tree trunk seats mind you.
By 1970, the place had changed to the Gold Lucky Chinese restaurant.
Photo by DC Thomson.
Thanks to Neale Elder

14 comments:

  1. Been dying to find a picture of the Underworld, this is where I had my first date with my now wife. used to love the egg and bacon rolls and the obligatory coke,then in green bottles and tasted totally different to the canned stuff. Fanta was the other drink back then.

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  2. My dad would get his Ford Corsair serviced in the early 70s by a 'Mr. Paladini'. Don't remember where the garage was. Has to be a relation, no?

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  3. Paladini Motors were in Riverside Drive and the Cowgate.

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  4. laurie paladini was alfs brother he ran the garage. vince ran the chippy
    and jack mcgee was the doorman

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    1. laurie.....do you mean lawrence?......if so he is still alive and must be in his 90's and fit as a fiddle....he also still drives (a green vw minibus) and still sortoff works as they own and maintain property around dundee - used to have offices down at the old mill in brown street (possibly still do as i think they own all the old mill flats and commercial property there......hes a good friendly guy to chat to about old dundee and or old cars,etc

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    2. done a wee check on the net after my last reply and info on lawrence - he was born in 1930 so hes currently 84 yrs old (and still works).....LP Properties,old mill complex,dundee.

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  5. We used the cafe on a regular basis Brian Ritchie,
    Allan Bannerman Brian Connely Brian Cooper nice group of Girls wish I could remember all the names lol

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    1. Use to be friends with Brian Cooper.
      Any idea of what he's doing now?

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  6. erica and topsey were the waitresse s

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  7. I spent my pre Cellar Bar days there.

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  8. Met my first girlfriend, Marjory Bowman, there in 1966 (where are you now Marjory?). Great days and great jukebox!
    Alan Woodcock

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  9. I used to work for him (Lawrence @ Riverside) He was a clever mechanic and a good businessman but wasn't so strong on people skills. I saw him fall out with customers before they booked their car in. Happy days tho!

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  10. Duncan Robertson25 July 2016 at 13:35

    Alf passed away at the weekend. I only got to know him in his latter years and he was kind to me, a good guy, RIP.

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  11. Underworld Café is coming back :)

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