Sunday, January 16, 2011

Florida History: Creighton's, the man and his Fort Lauderdale legacy

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By Jane Feehan

For a span of 30 years, beginning in the early 1950s, Creighton’s Restaurant was a familiar site on Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale, near where the Galleria Mall sits today. The posh restaurant, loaded with antiques and objets d’art, topped lists of places to celebrate special occasions. Its large sign, with “Home of the World's Best Apple Pie,” coaxed those unfamiliar with the place inside for a meal, if not to try the pie, which was actually quite toothsome. 

The restaurant was owned by Charlie Creighton, who died in 1991 at nearly 91. It wasn't his only interest. His restaurant legacy (Miami News, Dec. 3, 1955) includes: Johnson’s in Daytona Beach,
Mammy’s Shanty in Atlanta and the Wedgewood Inn in St. Petersburg.

There was much more to Creighton than his restaurants.

In 1962, upon returning from a National Day of Prayer in Washington, DC, Creighton established a local day of prayer in what became the Fort Lauderdale Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast (Sun-Sentinel, March 27, 1991).
Charles Creighton had many business interests. He helped found Holy Cross Hospital, opened the Sunrise Shopping Center (now the Galleria Mall) and developed property on Miami's Brickell Avenue.

For his restaurant and what he brought to the business table and to the city, Charlie Creighton occupies a significant place in the chronicles of Fort Lauderdale's history.Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved. Jane Feehan.
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Unknown said...

My grandmother, Margaret Singfield, introduced me to Creighton's in June of 1964. Everytime I was in Ft. Lauderdale we ate there. In 1976 I was reassigned to Ft. Lauderdale. Creighton's was a common venue. It is now gone, but not from my memory.

Betty Jane DiSanto said...

Creighton's was definitely a favorite of ours for the Sunday Champagne Brunch. So sad it no longer exists. Thanks, Love and Hugs, BJD

sheree johnson said...

Fav childhood memories of going to Creighton's every time we stayed in Pompano Beach! LOVED the decor...felt like we were in Liberace's house with piano playing all the time & the eclectic decor! Shame it's gone!