The famous Palace Hotel and Bar on North Front Street next to Eden Cinema, long ago
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Noel Escalante
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The famous Palace Hotel and Bar on North Front Street next to Eden Cinema, long ago

Across the street from the Musa and Balderamos building on North Front Street, also across from the old Pickwick Club,and the Aguilar building and Eyles Building. Now a parking lot. Used to stop in for a beer or rum and coke after work. Palace Hotel was owned by Donia Eduarda Sabala. Eden Cinema to the right.

Emory King once owned it and Danny Vásquez ran it for him. This is in the sixties. The bar was a favorite for many. The Palace Hotel was managed by Mr Austin Miller in the 60’s.

There was a small ice cream parlor close by and folks used to go there on Sundays after church. I think it was Blakes" ice cream parlor.

Rafael Chavez: The small ice cream shop beside Eden Cinema but on the Palace Hotel lot was for Mr Godfrey, attorney Glen Godfrey's father.

Eugene Trench: I believe this is where the famous Ding Ho Ice Cream parlour was.

Martin Jude: I remember getting ice cream and pastries there. They were awesome. Your comment brings to mind the son of the Ding Ho's owners who was a pilot for one of the local airlines who tragically lost his life in a crash in the hills of Belize. Cool guy, I can't recall his name, he had a Belizean wife and was well loved in the community.

Dot Noah: Before Ding Ho, in my days growing it was Diddys(?). He and his wife owned .Was the best ice cream parlor in Belize then.

Feliciana Flores: This is the Hotel we sheltered in hurricane Hattie. My mother was the cook there. Then there was a smaller building in front where Dr. Kopel had his office before moving to in front of St. Mary's.

Nilza Acosta: Yes sis we were on the second floor and the water came up to the top stair I taught it would have come higher it was scarey but the good Lord protected us.

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