A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 21, 2021
Big Apple Grill & Bar (Puryear, TN and Murray, KY)

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Big Apple Grill & Bar
Down to the Core - An Inside Look at the Big Apple Grill and Bar

Some would say The Big Apple is not only a staple in Murray and Calloway County, but also a vital and integral part of the stability for the surrounding community. The Apple has been, and remains a rendezvous point for locals and students attending Murray State University for more than two and a half decades providing mental balance for those seeking a good meal and a cold drink.

Though The Apple is not native to Kentucky, it has served Murray residents and given a place of comfort and companionship since the 1950’s. Originally located just “south” of town in Puryear, Tennessee while Murray was plagued by the Blue Laws that restricted the sale of alcohol, The Big Apple Grill and Bar moved to its current location at 1005 Arcadia Street in October 2001 after liquor by the drink was allowed in the city limits. Regardless of location, The Apple has become a landmark in the eyes of the public and a restaurant recognized for its’ original take on Mexican cuisine, great entertainment, and one-of-a-kind atmosphere.

Many changes have occurred throughout the years. The original building owned and operated by Bill Rowe, was constructed in the 1950’s and was primarily known as an African-American establishment. Times changed, as did the ownership when Skip Chambers, from South Carolina, and Robert Danielson, of New Jersey, bought the business and reopened on April 1, 1983 expanding on the tradition that is The Big Apple Grill and Bar.

Both Chambers and Danielson have become an integral part of the Murray experience. Both raised families and integrated into the community. Danielson, a Murray State graduate, and Chambers have supported MSU sports and are very active in the community. Danielson’s wife, Debi, head of the Big Apple kitchen before retiring, now heads the Murray Art Guild. You can usually find Skip on a golf course and Robert at the Murray Central Park.

On October 2, 2001 after nearly 20 years in Puryear, Tennessee, Chambers and Danielson moved the restaurant to nearby Murray, Kentucky. In January 2007

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityRestaurants/Bars/Coffeehouses/Food Stores • Thursday, January 21, 2021 • Permalink