Cafes I miss from years ago

I really like the way The Lum?beryard looks with the new red paint job it recently received. It anchors the corner of Ash and Grand with a strong statement.

Makes me want to go paint something red.

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I really miss a lot of restaurants that used to be in Marion County. The first one that comes to mind is the King?fisher Inn at the county lake.

We used to love to go there on Saturday night and eat fried chicken, steak and the manicotti, not to mention the salad bar with liver pat?.

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Others that come to mind are: Old Towne Restaurant, with its Low German buffet on Saturday night featuring the usual treats of sausage, verenika, fried potatoes, cherry moos and the dessert table.

I would always take a piece of chocolate pie first to make sure I would get one before they could possibly be gone.

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Going back a bit further would be Plett?s Cafe with its hot beef sandwiches, which were really, really good. Wish I could still get one.

For those of you who weren?t around then, Plett?s was located where the Emprise Bank drive thru is now.

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And I can?t forget the Peter Pan ice cream store located in the 100 block of South Main on the west side of the street. A great place to meet the girls and hang out.

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Other favorites from times gone by were the Magnolia Cafe on Central and Woodlawn in Wichita, with its Cajun fare such as jambalaya and other hot and spicy entrees.

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Or Shakey?s Pizza at 13th and Oliver. I think that pizza place preceded Pizza Hut. We had homemade pizza at home, but nothing like Shakey?s back then.

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I am hoping to get out of my sling by the time you see me again. I think six weeks is long enough to have my good arm in jail.

I didn?t think it was possible to have muscles become that bound up in that short of a time. But apparently the muscles can?t help themselves.

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As soon as the Marion County jail sales tax sunsets somewhere in the early 2020s, and the swimming pool bonds are paid off with the Hillsboro half-cent sales tax in 2025, if the city council then decides to pass an ordinance to end it, and with the state sales tax staying the same, our sales tax will drop to 7.5 percent?which sounds much better.

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I almost forgot to mention Hillsboro Sundries for its soda fountain, where you could get a tasty ice cream shake or a refreshing green river fountain drink.

It was located on East Grand, two doors west of Plett?s Cafe with Schultz Grocery sandwiched between those two businesses. First National Bank was then located on the corner of Main and Grand.

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If you wish to share your comments or ideas, my e-mail address is joel@
hillsborofreepress.com.

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