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).
                                                                                                                                                     
Miami News , Dec. 3, 1955
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 (see clip here from the Miami News (Dec 3, 1955)

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.
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1 comment:

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.