I passed this old restaurant on one of my treks through Southern Indiana. The sign on the door says “closed for renovations” but the building looks pretty old so I’m not sure how long they’ve been closed.
This is one of my worst fears about restaurants and food in America. At the risk of sounding like a snotty, privileged little brat, I can’t imagine an America without independent restaurants. I don’t want to think about driving down a country road and seeing nothing but fast food joints and big chain restaurants.
One of the reasons I love Louisville so much is that the food scene is really blossoming. But please remember, if you’re reading this, that this blossoming depends on you. New, cool places can’t stay open if you decide you want deep fried orange chicken salad or whatever it is Applebee’s is serving these days. Go to Hammerhead’s. Go to Four Sisters. Support food trucks. Try new places.Go to that place that charges a little bit more for a locally made pasta with locally grown tomatoes. Support that mom-and-pop place on the corner that’s been struggling since the big-name bakery moved in down the way.
Don’t just do it because it’s cooler—do it for your kids, and for my kids. Do it so my kids know what an ice cream cone from Polly Freeze or the Comfy Cow tastes like. Do it so the people that make good, interesting, delicious and local food prosper and make this town and country better. We can’t control a lot in our lives, but we can help with this. We can help independent businesses and restaurants survive and thrive all over America.