Monday, June 11, 2007

And the Name of This Supper Club Is...

The other day, I was driving by a place where I occasionally eat. And I noticed there were two signs on the building. One read, "So-and-So's Dugout." And the other one read, "So-and-So's Supper Club."

And I thought to myself, so which is it? Dugout or Supper Club?

Actually, this is a phenomenon of the small-town Midwest which I've noticed for years. Often a supper club, bar, tavern, restaurant will not have a single consistent name. You'll see various signs posted on or around the establishment, and often these signs won't carry the same name.

That supper club down on the highway by the edge of town, with two signs on it... one sign reads Doc "n" Jo's. The other sign says The Blue Pheasant.

Or, more puzzling yet, one sign says The Blue Pheasant, while the other reads The Golden Pheasant.

So which is it? Blue or Golden?

Or then there's the restaurant which is styled on one sign as the Dew Drop Inn, and on the other sign as The West Side Cafe.

I even know of one eating place on a winding, twisting road over in western Wisconsin, that has two names on the same sign. In big letters above, it says The Hawk's Nest. On a little placard hanging right underneath it reads Whipoorwill.

Don't look for a reason. Don't look for an explanation. This is simply one of the enigmas of life in a small town.


Blogger Richmond said...

So very true. As is the types of directions you get - just yesterday we were at a place looking at bb guns for the girls. My eldest asked about a bow and arrow and the guy who was helping us said, "Hey, go up north to the old Nelson place and ask for Tom - he's got a whole bunch of refurbished bows and he'll probably let your girls try a few out to see what she likes!"

Like we would automatically know where the "old nelson place" was... Too funny.

Monday, June 11, 2007 10:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's as if the idea of a name for their place only dances around the margin of their mind

as if their place is so big so close up so familiar a part of their world that it doesn't need a name, or what's the same thing doesn't need to be limited to a single name

Monday, June 11, 2007 1:56:00 PM  

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