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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

♫Where Everybody Knows Our Names...♫

Situated on one of the three man-made lakes in Columbia,  a staple in this community since the 70s has been Clyde's -- an American bar with the emphasis on local produce and expert preparation.  Clyde's, part of a  DC-based restaurant group, opened when the restaurant choices in the area were really slim.  Since then, a plethora of chain restaurants and individually owned bistros have graced our area, but Clyde's remains a favorite.  We were regulars (every Friday night at 5:30) there with Margie and Dave, our best friends and travel buddies, until they moved to San Diego.  We have a favorite table and favorite servers:  Tammy, Will, Gary, & Michael and a few who have moved on to other establishments, and a favorite manager, Paul.

Clyde's Columbia closed on February 3rd for much needed renovations which, we're told, should take about 8 weeks. We took a "walk" (I say this euphemistically as I'm still in a boot -- but it was really good to get out!!)  yesterday down at the lake front to witness the progress first hand.  We're excited about the new place, hopefully new comfortable chairs (Paul, I hope you see this!), (the cinnamon bun bread pudding) and the great seasonal menus -- and more importantly running into so many  friends.



Our favorite table is/was straight ahead, on the other side of the steel railing... The bar was along the right wall.


The front of the restaurant will be 'bumped out' a few feet.




12 comments:

Rob Robinson said...

Looks like I have a new place to check out in the future. Thanks for sharing! Rob-

forsythia said...

I remember Clyde's fondly. Our office group sometimes when there for farewell parties.

Rob Robinson said...

Looks like I have a new place to visit when renovations are complete. Thanks for sharing! Rob-

Kimberly said...

That was where hubby and I had our first date many years ago. :) Wonderful memories!

jane said...

i love places like this. your home away from home. :)
big hugs kathy!
xoxoxo

Retired English Teacher said...

Renovations are good.

Linda Reeder said...

I hope you will like it as much when it is new and improved.

Mage said...

It sounds like it was perfect before.

Cobalt Violet said...

Sounds like it's close to home? Nothing better than a local place where you run into people. It's tough to find that in LA because everyone's so spread out. Love the yellow and white awnings.

Hope your foot is feeling better!!!

Kay said...

That looks like it's going to be a lovely place to dine and spend some time.

Cheryl said...

I think I've only been there twice! Once for a salon holiday party in the 'party room', and once for lunch. So nice that you had this place all these years. It should be wonderful when it reopens.

George said...

It's wonderful to have a favorite place to go with friends and to know the people who work there. I have happy memories of Mike's Cafe, where we had 'our' booth and where the waitress knew what to bring without our saying a thing (although she did always check first). I like the sign in the window of your restaurant.