Gaslight Restaurant

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Photo of the Gaslight Restaurant at one of its several locations over the years. Reproduced from the Freeware Hall of Fame.

The Gaslight Restaurant was a restaurant that was open in several locations across Charlottesville in the mid-20th century. It was founded by John Marshall Tuck. [1]

The original location was in the Hotel Albemarle at 615 West Main Street. A second location was opened in Barracks Road Shopping Center. The third was at 625 West Main Street next to the Hotel Albemarle. [2] Effie Nicholaou


Gaslight was created by Tuck in 1961 in a building adjacent to the Hotel Albemarle. Bob Dylan and Joan Baez played there for change before becoming famous. [2] [3]

When the restaurant first opened, Tuck offered a free meal to anyone who donated a piece of decor. This resulted in a giant top-hat wearing walrus head in the dining room. [1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. Living history: Charlottesville restaurants we miss (and those we’ll go on loving forever), C-VILLE Writers, Knife & Work, C-Ville Weekly, April 7, 2016, retrieved October 3, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Web. Reminiscence - Charlottesville's Gaslight Restaurant, Rey Barry, Freeware Hall of Fame, retrieved September 23, 2011.
  3. Web. Staff report for West Main ADC revisions, December 2, 2013 City Council meeting, Mary Joy Scala, City of Charlottesville, December 2, 2013, retrieved December 9, 2013.