Culinary no-no #534


For the Fischer family it’s a regular Sunday ritual.


Mass at our beloved St. Anthony’s.

Then it’s time to head out for brunch.

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To Meyer’s in Greenfield.

I’ve been going there since the mid-80’s, first with my mother, and now with my wife and daughter.

We’re regulars, so much so that the place for us is the equivalent of…


Everybody knows our names.

Years ago as the family sat dining at Meyer’s, you could set your watch to yours truly on any given Sunday. At approximately 12:15 pm I would excuse myself from the table and head to the bar to check NFL scores from one of the television screens.

Eventually, daughter Kyla asked if she could come along, and I eventually said okay.

Given that Kyla is a young, outgoing socialite, it was no surprise she got quite chummy with the Sunday bartender, Miss Jo and some of the patrons at the bar who would be there each and every Sunday in their same stools.

It got to the point that just about 12:15 every Sunday Kyla would be full of her chocolate chip pancakes or French toast and ask if she could GASP go to the bar. We obliged, knowing she was in very good, very safe company.

Even staff, initially not knowing where Kyla had disappeared to, came around to know that when Kyla was absent from the table for longer than bathroom trip she had to be “at the bar” with Miss Jo.

To this day Kyla now holds court with a woman who a few months ago lost her husband and now anxiously waits for Kyla every Sunday, along with two gentlemen who show up between 11:30 and noon to eat and drink and watch football at the bar. We know we can trust Kyla there with these wonderful friends taking care.

This time of year every television inside Meyer’s on a Sunday is tuned to a pro football game. I can’t imagine when they wouldn’t be.

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That’s a look inside the Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House in Greenville, South Carolina.

Last Sunday, owner Dave McCraw posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page:

No NFL games will be played at Palmetto Alehouse until every player stands in respect to our flag and our country. This is a position that I’m going to take and I hope you will support me.

Two days later on his Facebook page:

There’s no change in my position. Palmetto Restaurant and Ale House will not be showing NFL games until the NFL rids itself of protest by their employees during the presentation of colors and the national anthem.

Local TV coverage…

So what’s happening at the restaurant today, Sunday? Back to Facebook.

Sunday Funday without the NFL!! This Sunday Funday we will be watching the “President’s Cup Golf Tournament, and Nascar’s “Apache 400”. We will have our outside grills cooking hamburger and chicken sandwiches. We will have live music on our patio with local artists 3pm-7pm, local artist are invited to sit in on a little local jam session. In addition, A local business owner is giving the first 50 customers a voucher for a free t-shirt from $5 will be donated to Veteran Charities for every shirt sold or given away.

Could this approach be risky business?

“We advise clients away from taking these politically charged positions,” Aaron Allen, founder and CEO of global restaurant consulting firm Aaron Allen and Associates, told CNBC.

“If they (customers) were going for those sports and the sports are gone, they are, too,” Allen said. “Once you’ve changed [the customer’s] behavior or habit, it’s hard to change it back.”

Mr. McCraw, if I lived in Greenville, I’d gladly patronize Palmetto’s.


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