The opening act was Singin and Swingin as DeKalbs
newest night spot was inaugurated Friday at the Oak Crest DeKalb
Area Retirement Center.
The featured combo was Liz Hoppenworth and Charlie McCormick,
who sang and played oldies but goodies to a full house of mostly
septuagenarians and octogenarians.
The new bistro just received its liquor license this month
and bartenders are being trained to meet the needs of the senior
set. I suggested to one barkeep named Cassie they should stock
some old-time favorites since many patrons were probably brought
up in homes like mine, where Mogen David wine and hard cider
were the only spirits available.
For those desiring a nonalcoholic beverage, theres
always prune juice on the rocks.
In my college days, hanging out at Andys Tavern with
the student newspaper gang, headed by editors Bob Rader and Jim
Price, I learned how to order Seven and Seven. I used to nurse
a couple of those all night and it is still my favorite.
Getting back to the bistro, three of DeKalbs finest
made a courtesy stop after receiving a tip to check IDs for possible
Talking with DeKalb police Sgt. Paul Mott and officers
Liz Fabio and Reda Reese, I suggested they might ask for AARP
membership cards instead, since it is possible a few residents
may not drive anymore.
Checking on the new bistro in town last Friday were
DeKalb police officers Liz Fabio, at left, Reda Reese and Sgt.
Paul Mott. Entertainment was being provided by Liz Hoppenworth,
far left, and guitarist Charlie McCormick.
(Barry Schrader photo for Shaw Media)