By Susie Kelly Flatau, Mark Dean
This can be a booklet of memories-the heritage of small-town Texas written in counter tops and chrome stools. Susie Kelly Flatau has interviewed the vendors of many fantastic outdated eating places and bars and has woven a desirable internet of news approximately those fast-disappearing areas. Mark Dean's attractive black-and-white photographs catch the heat and personality of those cherished landmarks and are bound to deliver again fond memories for an individual who has ever sat at a counter and ordered a hamburger and a chocolate soda or chilly beer.
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Following her lead, I ordered a shake and added a grilled cheese sandwich. " she asked. "Without," I replied. " I glanced around, a bit amused that nobody else seemed to take special interest in this novel lingo. While I waited, this lively lady cleaned dishes, took orders, mixed more shakes, and darted up and down behind the counter. And all the while she flashed her bright smile. A newspaper article that had been enlarged and framed hung on the side wall and caught my attention. As I studied it, I realized that the lady pictured in the article was the perky waitress who had just taken my order.
Looking around I noted that although the building was old, the walls were freshly painted sky blue. Old light fixtures hung down about twelve feet from the high ceiling of hammered tin, which was wreathed by carved molding. New furniture was intertwined with other pieces that revealed signs of long use. I opened my journal and quickly sketched the large CKM brand design that stood out on the wall high above the old back bar. Underneath that drawing I then copied two bronco scenes that were also painted on the walls.
With that I pointed to the ceiling near the doorway and asked if they were finished adding antlers to it. "No way," replied the bartender. "There's a whole box of antlers in the basement right now. " Seeing that my time at Henry's Hideout had drawn to a close, I walked out of the bar underneath the canopy of antlers. M. M. in order to avoid the early morning rush-hour traffic that moves with the speed of tree sap. Upon arrival in Huntsville, the trip around the courthouse square offered a quick, true find when we spied the Cafe Texan.