I didn't actually realize Knott's had both a steakhouse and a chicken restaurant, for some reason my memories got meshed into one building (the chicken restaurant). I didn't even think to look for the steakhouse because I didn't know it was a completely separate building...all my memories of it were as a little kid.
Anyway, the first time I went to Knott's in a while was January and I was absolutely livid when I turned a corner in the California Marketplace only to find a fenced off area with a huge wooden structure. I could've tore the whole thing down right there if I didn't control myself. It was a huge shock because I was literally strolling down memory lane, only to be cut off abruptly. I've since come to terms with that loss and although it's still very painful, I'm not mad at Cedar Fair anymore...especially since it was the family that initiated the whole change in the first place.
I know that the Pan For Gold, devil/volcano and some other shops are gone, but what concerns me is that the Steakhouse was in this general area. I'm almost sure that it's gone too, but I'd just like some closure to hear for sure that it's gone. That place holds 15 years of memories for me, every minute of those memories is as a kid too. I can live with its destruction, but I can't live with the uncertainty of not even knowing if it still exists or not.
Also, does anyone have any pictures of this area or the steakhouse? It's been so long since I've experienced that area I can't seem to put my scattered memories into a cohesive whole.
People can say what they want about Cedar Fair, the Knott family itself did the most damage with Ghostrider IMO. It's a truly awesome ride, no doubt, but it altered the skyline, atmosphere and history of the park forever. It would be like Disney ripping out Mainstreet, U.S.A. to put in California Screamin'. Knott's was doomed well before Cedar Fair stepped in.