I was always a sucker for the theme to CHEERS:
” WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME…”
A brew pub has been established in town and with good dinner specials it seems that a local crowd is gathering on a regular basis. So it is nice to revisit a setting that reminds me a bit of the local pub in my hometown.
Coming from a place that had SERIOUS IRISH, the pub atmosphere was a part of life.
SERIOUS IRISH means that:
• There is a brogue in your immediate family.
• Green beer on ST. PATRICK’S DAY is not a possibility.
• You know what the word ‘egit’ means because you were dubbed so more than once for good cause. The time you dropped your brother down the laundry shoot would be one such time, for example.
• TRIFLE is not a small thing but a gelatinous- love it- or- hate it blob.
• When you landed in really hot water, the entire HOLY FAMILY is invoked by name…ending with JOSEPH. Dad’s are always the last to know.
• Your mother has made her own BAILEY’s, with more strange ingredients than a witch’s brew.
• Irish soda bread is a fiercely guarded recipe, committed to heart and rarely written for posterity.
• Stew is a lifestyle.
• Ham is as important as air.
TR’s ALL AMERICAN is the hometown pub in NY. If I showed up there today I would find classmates from grammar and high school. Stories at the bar chase a person from first grade well into middle-age. Nobody ever forgets anything in these places: the room is dark and the memory is long.
The decor has changed little over time. It reminds me of a funeral parlor with forest green wallpaper, lots of wood, and TEDDY ROOSEVELT memorabilia. There will be SERIOUS IRISH there, despite the numerous changes in management and menu.
There is no SERIOUS IRISH here and now in KANNAPOLIS, but I expect by this point I take it as a ‘ TRAVELER’ and bring it along on my own. At least there is a local place than can conjure the ambiance if I squint.