Opening day at the "Gourmet Gardens" food court in 1975
Menu for "Tuesday's 1865" from 1978
Annabelle's would replace Tuesday's in May 1983
Ad for Chick-Fil-A announcing the new location at Eastland Mall - July 1975
December 1979 coupon ad
Eastland Mall opened on Wednesday July 30, 1975 with much fanfare. The other mall of the area (Southpark) was many years away from being the high-end mall it would ultimately become. Eastland Mall was situated on the fast-growing east side of town, featured a skating rink, had two floors, and showcased a full food court ("Gourmet Gardens")-- all things that Southpark lacked. The late-80's saw the beginning of the downhill slide of Eastland that continues today.
The main restaurant in the '70's was "Tuesday's 1865". It had an old-timey feel to it. It was located near the movie theatres and would last through the early '80's when it was replaced by "Annabelle's". "Chick-Fil-A" held the prime spot in the food court (right outside of Sears) and just recently closed for good.
1975 photo of the Tuesday's entrance from inside the mall
Ad from October 1975
Ad from Summer 1976
1975 directory from opening weekend showing Gourmet Garden's residents as well as Tuesday's and Farrell's (number 24 was Baskin-Robbins)
REVISIONS -- 1-9-09 From 1987