Nostalgic for the yummy reign of the people’s Purple Palace | Pamela’s Food Service Diary

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Immediately after a stop by on Wednesday to Italianissimo, I stopped at a Grasmere strip shopping mall sporting a fresh new foods seem. The former Dawn Bagels now is property to a handsome Italian deli, properly named Bagels and Panini Shop for a nod to its menu. And shortly there will be a new eatery in the corner storefront: a hibachi cafe shifting into the previous digs of Fortune Hawaii.

Ahh, that Chinese cafe place at 900 Hylan Boulevard the place numerous food stuff dynasties arose in the earlier 30 or so a long time. Circa 1985, I stood throughout the street as a Hilltopper waiting around for the S7 bus and watched the dawn of its initially iteration. It arrived on the dining landscape as a linen-cloth eatery — formally The Purple Backyard, affectionately referred to by my fellow ‘80s, large hair gal friends as “The Purple Palace.”

Fortune Hawaii

A indicator at Fortune Hawaii (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

Without a doubt, for a 14-calendar year aged, this was a royal restaurant — competitiveness for our family’s go-to spot, the venerable Lum Chin in Dongan Hills (now Jac Mao). But the purpleness of the palace gained us around. It turned a put to costume up on a Saturday evening and the mothers and fathers indulged in a beloved pre-meal cocktail at the time, Kahlua and milk.

Lavender walls and linen napkins of the exact hue, The Palace’s then-present day look rivaled the reds and lacquered black of modern day counterparts — Lee’s Imperial in Oakwood and Crown Palace at the Flamingo Swim Club, formerly in Good Kills. While Jade Island’s tiki huts and flaming pu-pu platters smacked of the prior ten years, the people’s purple spot appeared to bloom especially for this decadent age.

Fortune Hawaii

Etching on glass at the former Fortune Hawaii is a holdover from its Purple Backyard garden days. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

By style, the Hylan Boulevard vacation spot, in its heyday, was distinctive. Just inside glass doors to the remaining, a podium stood in entrance of the takeout counter in which a significant fish tank bubbled. A tuxedoed host requested company if they’d like to sit either in the decrease or upper dining space.


Picking the upstairs was truly worth the wait and actually an party just for the act of passing by other occupied tables. In the walk across a plush purple carpet on the way to the stairway, we took a rapid inventory of the menu from currently-seated patrons, foods voyeurism at its greatest.

On the higher degree, there have been many tables on a perch suspended above a part of the restaurant. In that cozy corralled dining place, I tasted “plum sauce” for the first time on mu shu pork pancakes and it was like eating something inexplicably mouth watering though sitting down on a cloud. The only other borough encounter in experience that feeling of loftiness in a restaurant was at Pennyfeathers in New Dorp.

Fortune Hawaii

Fortune Hawaii will be a hibachi restaurant right after a renovation, say Grasmere modest business enterprise neighbors. (Staten Island Advance/Pamela Silvestri)

More than the several years, The Palace strayed from its first Cantonese mission. At just one issue, it dove tricky into the daytime bar trade, reemerging all-around 2009 as Fortune Hawaii with a dalliance in sushi. By then it experienced abandoned its upstairs eating place, turning the general public absent so it could be utilised as storage. It briefly adjusted names in 2011, starting to be “Harbor Hill,” inexplicably so with no harbor and only a St. Joseph Hill Academy inside look at.

But in this article we are at the crossroads of yet another era in edibles for the East Shore. The so-identified as Purple Palace and its manufacturer of great eating is extended long gone. My hope for the future restaurateur’s go-close to is for pure excellent fortune.

Pamela Silvestri is Advance Food Editor. She can be attained at [email protected].

Next Post

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake is impossibly light and fluffy, just like the original! This sweet and simple cake is perfection topped with whipped cream and berries. My birthday is coming up in a few weeks (I’m not crying you’re crying) so I made us Gluten Free Angel Food Cake […]