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Last week I wrote a DK diary lament about the loss of a favorite local haunt:

OK, it was a Denny's.  But it was our Denny's and it had been for 50 years.

I'm back to report that I'm not handling this loss very well.

Driving home tonight from an event honoring outstanding local high school seniors, my husband and I passed the hulk of the now-defunct Denny's. My sense of closing options in a very rich county for the not-rich got me all riled up again.

It was after 9 PM.  We wanted to stop in a clean, safe place--with a simple menu, booths, friendly staff, and with relatively affordable prices.  Plus, it had to be, you know, open.

Denny's was the last sit-down, 24/7 restaurant left in this little patch of paradise.  So our options were:
1) Go to a bar.

2) Catch the last few minutes at a very expensive restaurant.

3) Hustle into the 24-hour Safeway and round up some take-out goodies

4) Drive south into San Francisco and go to Mel's (back to my previous diary
Which was too long a trip for us by now.

Or just call it a night and go home.
Which we did.

Yes, I get it.  This is a First World Problem.  All the nastiness in the world and, boo-boo: we couldn't sit down at a diner and have a later-evening sundae and an iced tea or some pie or . . . well, dammit!!  I don't care.  I wanted to.  Pout.

In time, I'll heal.  I guess.  

It's even later now (see Diary date and time)--and I'm even hungrier.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Quality of life matters (6+ / 0-)

    I am jealous of my forebears who could take the streetcar to the light rail to the train to Manhattan and get there faster and cheaper and less hassled than I can drive today - and then I have to park my stupid car in the urban hellhole.  You must have similar issues out there on the left coast.

    Dare I suggest that your story is part of the hollowing out of the middle class?  Here in Massachusetts I see the dollar stores booming and the boutiqueies booming while the mid range retailers are feeling the squeeze after seven years of an underperforming economy.

    Vai o tatu escamoso encontrar-me onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati

    by tarkangi on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 01:58:10 AM PDT

    •  I feel guilty complaining about this "loss" (6+ / 0-)

      when it's fairly trivial in the Big Scheme of Things, but it is a loss.  I grew up in this county and I often feel like an outsider, or even unwanted, pushed aside.  When the Denny's closed, I worried (and still do) about the people who worked there for years, and the folks for whom it was their only affordable treat in the eating-out category.

      I suspect that a lot of the foodies here are thrilled that this, uh, "lower-form of restaurant life" is gone.

      I try to eat healthy most of the time.  But, really.  No room here for a working-class, even, as you suggest, middle-class guilty pleasure that doesn't cost an arm and a leg?

      There are people here who right now need a safe and welcoming place to hang out and have a bite to eat, no hassling.  Good luck with that.

      Boy, you got me going all over again!   ;)

      "Why you sockdologizing ol' mantrap, you!"

      by ejoanna on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:17:59 AM PDT

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  •  asdf (5+ / 0-)

    Moons Over My Hammy and griddle-fried hash browns, yummm!

    We have lost most of the nearest Denny's restaurants, which later have re-opened as something similar, but not really the same. Denny's, Country Oven, Ram's Horn, Ponderosa, Coney Island, Big Boy: all the restaurants of my childhood.

    As real wages decrease, so goes the middle class. My kids will eventually be nostalgic over Taco Bell.

    Weathering Michigan's recessions since the '70s.

    by jennifree2bme on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 02:54:00 AM PDT

  •  Simple things, (3+ / 0-)
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    Wee Mama, tuesdayschilde, ejoanna

    like being able to just sit down and grab a bite 24/7 are all but gone. My favorite diner closed about 20 years ago, and when I drive by it, I get really sad. Denny's? I do love the pancakes at strange hours; I just can't replicate those on my griddle at home. It's an American institution, even if it's not in Guide Michelin...SSK

    "Hey Clinton, I'm bushed" - Keith Richards UID 194838

    by Santa Susanna Kid on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 03:43:10 AM PDT

  •  A shame this didn't get a bigger readership (1+ / 0-)
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    Most people have not taste, I guess.

    Vai o tatu escamoso encontrar-me onde estou escondendo? Lembro-me do caminho de ouro, uma pinga de mel, meu amado Parati

    by tarkangi on Fri Jun 06, 2014 at 08:47:21 PM PDT

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