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from lascoffs to leeches to little pub. the strange but true story behind those bar signs.

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we get lots of questions at little pub greenwich about those backlit “chemicals” and “analyses” signs hanging above the bar.  questions like   “where did you get those?” or “why is analysis spelled wrong?”, “how did you do that?” or even “can you put the yankee game on?”

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maybe you bought a pack of pastilles there back in the 80's?

maybe you bought a pack of pastilles there back in the 80’s?

the signs came from the lascoff pharmacy on manhattan’s upper east side.  lascoff pharmacy was the first licensed pharmacy in new york and they were in business for over a century at the corner of lex and 85th. being the top pharmacy in new york city for a century meant they had their fair share  of celebrities as clients, although the only one people still talk about is  savador dali.

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even einstein shopped there

even einstein shopped there

dali used to buy live leeches there. for what? who knows? maybe he was going fishing for cod in the east river. anyway, that’s a topic for the dali at lascoff’s blogs (and boy howdy there are a ton of those!: forgotten new york  or clap for bacon or even the new york times and yelp! look, we can’t do all the research for you, but  if you google it you’ll see what we mean. fair warning:  it’s a black hole and you will lose the rest of your day up there.)

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anyway, when lascoffs closed in 2012  we managed to secure four of the five copper and milk glass panels from the original cupola (that’s another long, weird story).

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“chemicals” and “analyses” are of course proudly displayed above the little pub bar. “biologicals” and “cosmetics” are being restored and will soon occupy appropriate wall space in the little pub powder room foyer.

coming soon to a powder room near you

coming soon to a powder room near you

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who knows what happened to prescriptions. we have one of those up in wilton, but that came from a pharmacy in boston (more on that later. maybe).

so that’s the history on the signs. make sure to check them out on your next visit.

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10 car pile up takes out little pub wilton sign!

horrified onlookers and godzooky survey the damage

horrified onlookers survey the damage

a truck carrying 5 cars crashed into the little pub sign, demolishing the sign and damaging 4 other cars.

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no one was hurt, except for maybe some feelings. but the little pub sign was destroyed!

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luckily mark from classic sign and his team of bionic scientists were able to fix the damage and make the sign 6 million times better than it was.

the six million dollar sign. better, faster, stronger

better. faster. stronger

 

in somewhat unrelated news, the little pub lumber company took delivery of  some new reclaimed wood.

new reclaimed lumber in stock. call now for best selection.

call now for best selection!

 

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little pub lumber company

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little pub lumber company is now open for business

ever wonder where we get all that reclaimed wood for little pubs?

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well, we don’t go to the local wood-mart, we import it from the midwest.

but we’ve got to buy a lot to do that.

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so we took delivery of a truckload of amish hand hewn beams and barn siding

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and it’s not much fun to unload

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sadly we didn’t get the army truck. only the wood

anyway, even with our plans for little pub four (and maybe 5) underway we’ve still got extra, so if you wanted to build a mini little pub inside your house, or you’re just in the market for some hand hewn beams, send an email to lumber@littlepub.com to get a listing.

you don’t have to build a pub.

you could build stuff like this cool “shiver me timbers” pirate bench

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“shiver me timbers” pirate bench

or these awesome “beam me up scotty” tables

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beam me up scotty

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beam me up scotty ottoman

 

the only limit is your creativity, and you’re creative, so the sky’s the limit!

let’s talk. ok?

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ask for cartoons, you get cartoons

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lots more cartoons up on www.instagram.com/littlepub

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our 15 minutes of fame was 6 months ago

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now that 2014 is drawing to a close, we felt obligated to post that we won the Fairfield County Weekly readers poll for best pub in 2014.

We won this back in May but given that the wordpress was not wordpressing for a while, we’ve just now got around to publishing it.

Anyway, Daneen, Lars, Josh, and Devin got to go to a swell party with all sorts of free food and drinks where they had a lot of fun and blew off work the rest of the day.

 

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Well, thanks for the support! you can read all about it here.

http://www.ctnow.com/advocates/best-of/fairfield-county/restaurants/ctn-best-of-fairfield-2014-best-pub-food-20140521,0,412089.story

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gojira!

giphytesting ..testing.. is this thing on?

we’ve been completely neglecting the little pub blog. it wasn’t intentional, it just wasn’t working for..ummm.. like a hundred days and we couldn’t figure out how to fix it.

then finecloud interactive came along.

if you’re like us, meaning you have a bunch of godzilla gifs and old news to post but you’re not too savvy at getting WordPress to actually work, send  a note to dseften@finecloud.com . he did us a solid. he’ll do the same for you.

 

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new england brewing company beer dinner

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join us for

new england brewing company beer dinner

hosted by new england brewing company’s

partner/head brewer matt westfall

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little pub ridgefield

five course beer pairing menu

$65 per person

april 1 2014 @ 7 pm

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elm city pilsner – field green salad with bacon jam-goat cheese crustini

668 golden belgian ale – mac and cheese eggrolls with smoked bacon aioli

ghandi bot double ipa – “brooklyn food truck” korean short rib tacos

premeditated murder or galaxy pale ale*- chick’nwaffles

coup beans coffee oatmeal stout – espresso stout tiramisu

*brewers pick, depending on what is ready.

 

matt will explain the flavor profile, ingredients, and brewing process for each beer

while also sharing stories about new england brewing company’s journey

to becoming one of the region’s most respected and beloved craft brewers.

please join us! email lars@littlepub.com

 

 

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the $6300 pen and other gift ideas

hey…need a gift?

so maybe you’ve done zero holiday shipping and will resort to buying a bunch of gift cards on december 24th. and that’s not really a bad thing because everyone loves gift cards; they always fit, they’re always the right color, and they’re really easy to wrap. plus little pub ridgefield gift cards are gold with red lettering and little pub wilton gift cards are red with gold lettering. either way, there’s GOLD* in there and gold  makes a terrific holiday gift. (*fine print: gold colored ink, not real gold)

 

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you can purchase little pub gift cards  at either location and if you do that you can enjoy a drink or maybe some eggrolls while you wait and that’s always a fun time.

but maybe you’re away in rochester (new york, not minnesota- but really, unlike paris-france and paris-texas,  they’re basically the same place) on a business trip and you can’t make it in. well,  have no worries because we’ve gone all 21st century and you can buy little pub gift cards online.

click here to buy online at littlepub.com

or click here to buy on amazon

and buying on amazon lets you buy with all your other stuff as well.  your cart might even look like this

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that’s some pretty cool stuff in there. but that pen? really?

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amazon even has a little pub song you can buy.

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you can probably buy that song on iTunes as well. but they don’t sell little pub gift cards on iTunes yet (we’re still working on that).

anyway, happy shopping!. glad to be of service.

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happy national lager day! buy a logger a lager.

so it’s national lager day today and you should celebrate with a nice glass of lager. we have a few here at little pub but wherever you go you can probably find one. you might even have a budweiser or  a michelob rolling around in your garage somewhere.

but while you’re enjoying that lager, in this season of thanksgiving and fellowship its important to remember those for whom the lager is named;  the early loggers of the united states. these hardy souls spent years cutting down hectares of massive prehistoric beechwood trees to create the same beechwood planks that budweiser still uses today to produce their “beechwood aged” king of beers.

being a logger was not an easy life.

they had to do really scary stuff

scary!

scary!

 

they had learn and use their own “secret logger language”

(translation:
donkey = chevy caprice classic station wagon
fallers = carton of cigarettes)

 

they had  reputations as “rapscallions” and had a hard time meeting women (some of this was attributed to poor hygiene in logger camps).

lock up the women and children!
loggers are worse than carnies.

 

but on the bright side, they got to eat at shake shack. a lot!

in the olden days a “concrete” was known as a “milk-shake”

 

these early stage, pre-OSHA, cro-magnon loggers later became the beloved lumberjacks of today. they are now led by a giant named paul who has a elephant sized pet ox as a “friend”. so this national lager day, why not  buy a lager for a logger?

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ok, so maybe that last part isn’t 100% true, but if you google “national lager day” it’s not all that interesting. but if you google “logger” some pretty weird stuff comes up and we needed to come up with an excuse to share it with somebody.

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