Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
376a St. Kilda Road
Just north of the north-
Athol's Abbey wine bar and restaurant was a favourite lunchtime spot underneath what was then the Casa de Manana Hotel (aka "Case of Bananas") on the north-
The staff were gay and proud of it; as for the customers, well, it was usually dark and crowded, so you paid your money and took your chances!
The entrance was on the far right of the building as shown circa 1980 (just past the tree), down the stairs, bar on the right and tables and eating areas left and centre.
Although I doubt anyone from Control Data visited on weekends, it was a regular haunt in the 1970s for legendary Melbourne jazz musician, Frank Traynor, his band then known as the Jazz Preachers
Between the entrance and the hotel itself was Flanagan's Restaurant, which I don't recall ever visiting, but there inferences on a couple of web sites that it was also gay bar and restaurant done up in a style of the 1890s.
The hotel itself had a first-
The main bar was on the corner, Control Data never used it, but Mike Spark will confirm it was aka as "Honeywell Head Office", and I remember a couple of visits there pre-
This was around the time anti-
Tony Bell suggests it was also a regular for CDA engineers at the T.A.B.
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