The Empire Dine and Dance is located at 575 Congress Street. Growing up in the 50's, Mom would tell me stories of taking the bus to Congress Street, going shopping at Woolworths and Porteous, Mitchell and Braun with her women friends and having lunch at the counter at her two favorite restaurants the Empire and the Strand. On one trip to the Strand, I was taken along for a special treat. I sat with all the big wig-ladies, dangling my feet in delight and eating a slice of pie. Being the oldest of four, I had lots of these special days with Mom. This one lunch date at the Strand was a keeper. Langston Hughes reminds us all to "hold fast to dreams". I'd add to 'hold fast to those memories' too.