sadly, the joint was bought by a developer in order to make -- you guessed it -- condominiums. that'll make the fourth big development on the same block to go up by 2007. soon people downtown will have to trek to suburbia to get a meal or some toilet paper. so sad.
on sunday, the last night it was open for business, several of us got a farewell meal. about 6 grilled cheeses (delicious!) a burger and a sundae. we called in the order and everyone chipped in a little extra for the tip. when my friend and i went over to pick up the food, there was a really somber feeling in the air. someone was sitting in one of the booths, videotaping the last night and there was none of the usual chatter and laughter. it was as though someone died. as we were paying and heading out the door, that's when it really struck us that we'd never have home-style grilled cheese available so close to the office again.
my friend: here you go
waitress 1: oh, honey, you pay up at the counter
my friend: no, i know; that's a little something for you guys.
waitress 1: whoa... that's generous. thanks. hey! look what these girls left us!
waitress 2: aww, thanks ladies! that made my day.
waitress 1: it's nice to see something make you smile today.
my friend: we're really gonna miss you guys.
i didn't get to go to that place too often. but as with most things that disappear: now that it's gone, i wish i had.