(This venue is closed.) After nearly 80 years in the Bronx, the last consumed by a labor dispute, the "Star of Gold" cookie plant closed in October 2009. The factory jobs migrated to Ohio, though six months later at least two trailers were still parked in Kingsbridge.
I'd known the company only as a bakery until a subsequent visit to the neighborhood. From the elevated train platform I spied an old painted ad that promised "continental specialties" — charge them to "American Express" if not "Diners Club" — and what appears to be the name "Stella d'Oro," with a small "d" and big "O." (Click for a larger but still very faded view.) I've since read that from the 1950s through at least the late 1980s, the bakery owners also operated an adjoining restaurant — reportedly of the red-checkered-tablecloth variety. Can any Eating In Translation reader tell us more about the sign or the restaurant?
Former factory building at 184 West 237th St. (Broadway-Putnam Ave. West), Kingsbridge, Bronx
Surviving painted sign across the street