PAGE THREE The MetropoList

Delectable Doughnuts and Scary Presidents

Owner I. Mortimer Lebowitz in front of a Morton's.
Owner I. Mortimer Lebowitz in front of a Morton's. (The Washington Post)
Thursday, December 11, 2008

We continue our march from A to Z, recalling places that have disappeared from the Washington area landscape.

Montgomery Donuts

"My siblings and I would beg our parents to take us there every Sunday. Nothing was better than walking into the factory and seeing the trays of fresh doughnuts. After college, I commuted between my parents' home and my office in Gaithersburg. Each evening, I would drive past the factory and smell the scent of frying doughnuts. It always returned me to my childhood."

-- Bryan Elrod, Silver Spring

Morton's Department Store

"As a young boy, I went to Morton's Department Store in Southeast with my mom to visit my grandmother, who worked there. My fondest memories are the gumball and nut machines. The gumball machine was the best, since I could get a handful of Chiclet-type gum for a penny. I guess that we shopped there often, because my grandmother got an employee discount, though I was too young to realize that at the time."

-- George Kennett, St. Mary's

Morocco's Sorrento Room

"On a trip East in the summer of 1966, a sorority sister and I stopped through Washington and visited a friend who was interning for a senator. He invited my friend and me to go to Morocco's Sorrento Room on Pennsylvania Avenue, which seemed to be quite a plush place to this Midwestern college girl.

"He brought along a fellow intern who happened to be African American. Having grown up in lily-white rural Indiana, the closest I had come to black people was the handful of African students at my state university, who in those days kept pretty much to themselves.

"A thoroughly delightful and exotic evening was marred, however, by the incessant stares we got from the much older, all-white clientele. It was the very beginning of my awakening to the realities of what it must be like to live as a black person in our society. That was only two years after the civil rights legislation, and Washington still had a long way to go on the road to racial equality."

-- Mary Guibert, Bethesda

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