Smiley Anders - Pop Up Grocery


On Thursday, April 9th one our long, long time regular customers and one of the most famous and more colorful customers, SMILEY ANDERS of the Baton Rouge Advocate, wrote in his column a little mention of the Pastime. When we decided to do the Pop Up Market, I didn't even realize that we had actually come Full Circle by selling groceries. I was so busy trying to take care of our customers with basic needs that I totally overlooked this amazing realization. Thank you Smiley for bringing me back to the days of old and connecting me with all those who came before me. It filled me with great pride, respect and admiration for the very beginnings of this humble little restaurant. FULL CIRCLE - BY SMILEY ANDERS of The BATON ROUGE ADVOCATE A Facebook post from Randy Wesley says The Pastime will be offering a few items in a "pop-up market" — milk, bread, eggs, ground beef, toilet paper (of course), etc. — for folks who need just a couple of things and don't want to brave supermarket lines during the pandemic. This reminds me that the venerable Baton Rouge restaurant and lounge started out as a grocery store. In the early '20s, the Alesce family had a store at the corner of South Boulevard and Nicholson Drive (at that time a gravel road). In 1945, Joe Alesce turned it into a bar and dance hall, taking advantage of its location more than a mile from the LSU campus (businesses closer to campus were not allowed to sell alcohol). In the '60s, Randy's dad Bobby (and J.L. Mallet, his partner for a time), transformed the Pastime from a bar that served food to a pizza/po-boy restaurant with a bar. And now, in a small way, the groceries are back…