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Fantastic Food Factory

Posted by Emily Sweeney December 23, 2006 10:17 PM

Many years before the Bluestone Bistro opened at 1799 Commonwealth Avenue, that Brighton address was home to a neighborhood diner called the Fantastic Food Factory.

This video shows what life was like at F.F.F. back in 1979. You'll meet the owner -- a guy with an amazing handlebar mustache – who goes on to explain, while holding up a copy of Penthouse magazine, that "this the only ice cream store in town where you can get Hustler, Playboy and Gallery and good food at the same time."

Scope out the fabulous 1970s fashions being worn in Brighton back in the day. Check out the red-headed kid chomping on a doughnut. Look at the size of his afro. Nice.

(VIEWING TIP: Press play, then hit pause and wait a minute while the video loads...the little red bar at the bottom of the video screen shows the progress. After the red bar gets to the 25 % mark, press play again. Now you’ll be able to watch the clip play smoothly. Yay)

FYI, according to the info. on Youtube, this documentary was produced and directed by Jon Ezrine, Michael Rice and Bob Sarles back in 1979. What started out as their film production project at Boston University turned out to be a nifty little film - a real slice o’ Bostonian life – that was shown at film festivals and even aired on Showtime in 1980...go Fantastic Food Factory.

Did you ever eat there? Let us know...I'd love to hear your stories about the place. You can post them right here on the message board.

-- Emily Sweeney

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