Memories of Food for Thought

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
“If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?”

These two signs, displayed in Park Cafe, Bridgewater, South Dakota, somehow summarized the wisdom of the day back in the 1960s.  Life was not particularly fast-paced, and, unsolicited advice was not always  well-received.

Park Cafe, Jack’s Cafe and the Inhofer Bakery all catered to the 700 residents of the town.  Park Cafe did a brisk breakfast and lunch business; Jack’s Cafe had extended hours for supper (we weren’t sophisticated to call it “dinner”); and the Bakery catered to the high school crowd for their after basketball games.  These were the days of the thirty cent malt (the real thing, not a milk shake!), the five cent ice cream cone (chocolate was best), ten cent bottle of pop (not “soda”), and the twenty-five cent hamburger.

A hungry customer could get a meal for a dollar or two.  That included two slices of roast beef, mashed potatoes (with gravy), a slice of bread, a vegetable and coffee.  A slice of pie could be had for a quarter.

Yes, the prices were definitely less than those of today–but then so were wages!  The three cafes are now just a distant memory.  The Wildcat Inn currently serves as the local eatery in Bridgewater, and, some years hence may inspire memories of their menu, prices, and philosophy!

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About maryjlohr

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One Response to Memories of Food for Thought

  1. Pat says:

    Great post. I really enjoy reminiscing about those 1960’s days in our hometown of the past.

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