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January 15, 2014

Pat Smith: Pat looks back, by popular demand

Next week will see the beginning of a series from the 1990s that I was asked by some readers to repeat a series because they didn’t see it or were too young to read it a couple of decades ago. No, not actually a repeat but on the same subject.

The snow and ice slowed me up on getting out to get some fresh research done so one more week is needed before it will be ready.

So this week why don’t we just relax and chat about any number of things that come to mind. For example, Valerie Hash Stephen, wife of attorney Christopher Stephen of the Stephen Legal Group on the south side of the square, posted a video on YouTube and Facebook that you must see if you have the opportunity. Not everyone has the Internet but maybe a relative or friend will bring their laptop to the homes of those who don’t have Internet and share it. It shows North Decatur’s football leagues from the time the youngsters are very young to the present. There is so much more on the video though, including some good music, and I do wish everybody could see it. Just go to YouTube or Facebook and type in NDYFL.

Last Saturday I had lunch with a friend at The Beach and Tike Bar & Grill on the west side of the square. My Three Grilled Cheese with tomato and bacon sandwich with crunchy and seasoned to perfection fries plus fruit on the side was just excellent. The friend I was with had the crab cake which was, he said, the best he’s had in a long time. The waiters were friendly and the lunch was just wonderful. I’ve written about other places to eat on the square or just off the square and it gives me a lot of pleasure to say that while I miss Minears very much, I believe The Beach and Tiki Bar & Grill will give us many good memories now and in years to come. I know that a lot of us miss how the square used to be but it is definitely on the comeback trail. No, it won’t be like it was 40 years ago but it will still be a place we visit, take guests and feel proud. And a few decades from now people will say, “Do you remember that place on the square that …?”

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