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Bye-bye Bob's

Posted by Katie Johnston Chase October 30, 2007 10:49 AM

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Thanks a lot, Beehive. You've got to be the reason Darryl Settles is closing the legendary Bob's Southern Bistro (formerly Bob the Chef's). Sure, the Beehive is hip and happening, but it's a little too hip and happening for people who just want a comfortable place to eat fried catfish and collard greens while they listen to live jazz. I've never had to stand in line to get into Bob's, which was founded as a lunch counter in 1957 by Robert and Dottie Morgan. I've never felt like I was wearing last year's fashions at Bob's ...

Sure, there will still be Bob's catering, and Settles deserves to spend more time on other interests and with his family, like the press release says, but I still blame that dang Beehive, where there is jazz, but no soul food, and no laid-back atmosphere, on the menu.

Nov. 25 is the last day at Bob's. I heard on the radio this morning that someone is going to turn the space into a lounge aimed at college students. I recommend getting in there one last time before the trendy masses suck the soul right out of it.

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