It was happy birthday time yesterday! The Chart Room’s 45th!
The Pier House may have changed/been remodeled over the years, but never the Chart Room. It is as it was in the beginning. Looks the same as when Jimmy Buffett sat in the corner singing for change.
So many people. I only knew about 20.
Charlotte came in. From North Carolina. She visits Key West 3-4 times a year. The Chart Room is her favorite haunt.
I screwed up. You recall I mentioned the peanuts were gone, but some beauty was lying in the barrel instead. I failed to recognize the lady. It was Charlotte! Sorry.
Charlotte came especially for the birthday celebration.
Marty did not come. I felt bad. Marty introduced me to the Chart Room.
Never saw Che. Everyone wanted to know where he was. I assume he showed after I left.
Met Mike from Liverpool.
I went to the bar to pay my tab. The gent sitting to my left asked if I was Key West Lou. We talked a bit. He is Mike from Liverpool, England. He is in the restaurant and bar business. He reads my blog every day! Thank you Mike. It was a pleasure meeting you and I hope our paths cross again. Keep reading!
JJ was bartending. He greeted me with a gift. A box of frozen hot dogs! Hot dogs were available free last night as they have been for years. However no more under the new management. Last night was a one shot deal. The last shot.
I left around 6:30. Decided to eat at the A & B Lobster House. The last time was a couple of years ago.
A & B is a top shelf operation. I enjoyed the Maine lobster appetizer at the bar. Filling. No dinner required afterwards.
Met some one new at the A & B. Gage. The bartender. He is originally from New Hampshire.
I was home early. Wanted to watch the Heat game. Again fell asleep. I woke with two minutes to play. I was shocked at the score.
I just found out I am having dinner Saturday night at Lake Maggiore in Italy. Hemingway’s Lake Maggiore from A Farewell To Arms. At a restaurant on the very small island of Pescatori. The island sits on Lake Maggiore.
My hometown Utica had a Pescatori’s restaurant. I have to assume Pescatori the owner back when must have come from Pescatori Island. Most Italian immigrants took as their last names their home town or province.
There is a service at one today for my friend Cathy. At La Trattoria. It will be sad.
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Enjoy your day!