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File photo/The Herald-Dispatch Customers entered the basement-level Snaks Fifth Avenue after descending an outside flight of stone steps leading to a patio area. A wooden door with an ornate stained-glass inset opened to the restaurant.

Editor's note: This is the 230th in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.

In 1980, the Harrison family, who had created the popular Heritage Station restaurant at Heritage Village, opened a second eatery, Snaks Fifth Avenue, located on the lower level of the Fifth Avenue Hotel at 901 5th Ave.

The hotel basement was the original home of Bailey's Cafeteria, which opened there in 1934 and then moved on to a new location in the 400 block of 5th Avenue in 1936, just in time to be caught up in the '37 flood.

Antiques, polished woodwork, cut glass, oriental rugs and hanging plants gave the restaurant Snaks Fifth Avenue a "shabby chic" appearance. The bar was fashioned from a Victorian room divider.

The menu offered soup and sandwiches for lunch and a variety of dinner options, but many customers stuck to the menu's "snak" section, ordering potato skins, fried zucchini and mushrooms, shrimp, oysters, cheese platters and chicken platters.

Customers entered the basement-level eatery after descending an outside flight of stone steps. At the bottom, the stairway opened up to a patio area, with wrought-iron tables and chairs utilized for outdoor dining during good weather. A wooden door with a stained-glass inset opened to the restaurant.

The entire Harrison clan - brothers Karry and Dirk, parents and spouses - pitched in to operate the restaurant, which briefly flourished before it closed. According to records in the West Virginia Secretary of State's office, Lettuce Serve You Inc., which operated the restaurant, went out of business in 1986.

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