Mario’s can seem like a place from another era.
With its brontosaurus-size steaks and overflowing pitchers of martinis, it evokes a “Mad Men” vibe.
Even the place mats offer a chance to travel back in time.
The other day, an alert Mario’s place mat reader noticed a Cohen’s Fashion Optical ad for Dr. Susan Westrup. Yet the eye doctor hasn’t been there since the store changed hands a while ago.
There was also an ad for S.Z. Manufacturing. That elicited fond memories of Yekutiel “Kuti” Zeevi, who owned what had become Y.Z. Jewelry Manufacturing when he was killed last December, in a robbery.
Unfortunately, no. Mario Sacco died in July 2009.
The alert reader asked what was up with all the retro stuff.
She was told that someone had found a few boxes of old place mats, and decided to use them up.
Maybe they thought no one actually read the place mats. Or perhaps service was slower than usual than night.
And about the headline on this story: Mario’s is, of course, located directly opposite the train station.
One of the most famous “Twilight Zone” episodes of all — “A Stop at Willoughby” — involves a harried 1960’s ad executive whose train ride home to Westport keeps stopping in a bucolic town called Willoughby. In the year 1888.
Like the train station at Westport/Willoughby, Mario’s has transported us all back in time.