Fancy food stores and greengrocers catered
to the needs of the Palm Beachers including the Stromm Co. & JH Butterfield. There was also a mule drawn trolley car that ran down the center of Pine Walk between the Breakers and Royal
In 1929 the Testa family moved their
establishment two doors east into what is now Nick & Johnny's and operated there through 1946. At that time they moved once more to their present
Michele Testa, Sr., arrived in Palm Beach, Florida, from Chicago, Illinois in 1921. He opened a small soda fountain in the old Garden Theater from December 1921 until November 1929. The nucleus of the present Testa's began with a small fountain with seven seats, one table for four and a small table for two...
The year 1921 was a tremendously exciting time in South Florida. Henry Morrison Flagler had just completed his railroads opening the Palm Beaches to exploration and the rich and famous who were 'tracking' down in their opulent private railroad cars to avoid the chilly north. The town of Palm Beach was just ten years old and the Great Depression still loomed ten years in the future...
And 1921 also brought the first of several million guests to TESTA's of PALM BEACH. Over three quarters of a century, illustrated by the photographs in our 'Family Scrapbook located in our main dining room, reflect the wonderful existence we have shared in Palm Beach.
Testa's Restaurant has been more than where we've earned our living, it's been our life. With the community we've shared the great times together, raised our families, and fought hand in hand the storms and fires which have touched our area. We've lost loved ones and have shared the joys of birth.
We hope you enjoy the experience our past has provided. We express a warm thank you for joining us and for becoming a part of the next 93 years of history! -The Testa Family
On cold days hot soups were served and perhaps a beef or lamb stew helped overcome the chill in the air. People would drop by in their bicycle-powered rolling chairs on their way to or from the Beach Club (Bradley's Casino). Guests from the old Breakers Hotel or the Royal Poinciana Hotel would stop in for a limeade, a soda, or sundae.
Directly across our narrow Main Street were the Florida East Coast Railway tracks. The Palm Beach Station was down the street and the Police & Fire Departments were next door to our present location. Mrs. Roche' had a Cake Shop and her coconut cakes were world famous. Young Joe Testa sold her the coconuts for five cents each but he first had to remove the outer hull which was quite a feat for a small boy.
location at 221 Royal Poinciana Way. Testa's featured sandwiches, coffee, ice cream sodas, sundaes, homemade pies and cakes and cinnamon rolls including cigars, cigarettes and boxed candy...
Poinciana Hotel. Life during this era was very leisurely and Palm Beach was at the height of its glamor. Paris
Singer came here at this time and built the Everglades Club and started building large Spanish style homes which he is famous for today.