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November 28, 2022 Worcester 300 trivia contest

Worcester 300 trivia contest, part 19: The El

Photo | Courtesy of Worcester Historical Museum Patrons and staff at the Middle Eastern restaurants nicknamed The El

WBJ has partnered with the Worcester Historical Museum to run a year-long trivia contest in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Worcester’s founding on June 14, 1722. Readers should email their answer to the question below by Dec. 8 to or complete the Google Form below to compete for a special year-end prize package.

The El

In 1943, the Aboody family opened one of Worcester’s first Middle Eastern restaurants, which became known by its popular nickname The El. The El was a late-night hotspot welcoming locals and celebrities, including Al Pacino, Wayne Newton, Harry Belafonte, Nat King Cole, Dustin Hoffman, Dizzy Gillespie, the Beach Boys, Abbie Hoffman, Neil Sadaka, Bette Midler, and Rodney Dangerfield. In 1977, the family moved the restaurant across the street to a new location, with a nightclub. The El was a Worcester favorite for decades until it shut its doors in 1994. 

Trivia question: What was the formal name of The El?

And the answers to last edition’s question: The product Wirefab, Inc. manufactured for the Baskin-Robbins ice cream shop chain was used to hold ice cream cones.

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