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I wrote a column for the DeKalb Daily Chronicle for 8 years starting in December 2007 and running until November 2015. Then I returned to column writing in August 2016, all of them archived here.


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New bistro opens with blast from the past;
police check out report of “overage drinking”

By Barry Schrader Senior Columnist...................Jan. 19, 2017

The opening act was “Singin and Swingin” as DeKalb’s 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, there’s always prune juice on the rocks.

In my college days, hanging out at Andy’s 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 DeKalb’s finest made a courtesy stop after receiving a tip to check IDs for possible “overage drinking.”

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)

Although this is DeKalb’s newest liquor emporium, video gaming will not be offered. DeKalb 1st Ward Alderman David Jacobson had expressed his concern about this earlier, and I assured him that bingo on Friday nights provides enough gambling for most of us. Some games other nights range from bridge to pinochle.

Thinking back, my last serious card-playing was Hearts, but I can remember how much my parents enjoyed double-deck Canasta with couples down in Waterman. As for me, an evening of Farkle with the in-laws sure beats “Wheel of Fortune.”

So if you’d like an invitation to the newest pub in town, give me a call, and I will buy you a Sarsaparilla. But be sure to bring your AARP card….

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