That’s a long time–not as long as my parents (55 years) or my in-laws (52 years), but impressive, I think, when 50% of marriages end for a reason besides old age. With multiple kids playing multiple sports, I understand how this anniversary can slip by, under-celebrated.
I looked for bargain airfares. Sailboats, beaches, and Margaritas beckoned but ultimately, we decided that rearranging childcare and transport for 6 games was too much work for too much money. Don’t call me a curmudgeon just yet. The romantic lives on.
Tonight, we celebrated the last day of school at a favorite restaurant, Glockenspiel in St. Paul (Jen, our favorite bartender always works on Tuesday nights). The banter was familiar, the Hefeweizen cold even though it’d been almost a year since our last visit (yes, we grew up Catholic). Tonight got us reminiscing about where we used to hang out — before kids, with flight benefits, and even now.
We’ve lasted longer than many of our employers or favorite haunts. All Saints Brands was a pre-internet importer and distributor of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne, Gaja Barolo, and funky, tasty beer that was difficult to sell (Rogue Ales, Bells Brewery, and Geary’s). Northwest Airlines was gutted, sold off, and moved south. I still miss the flight benefits, though (the recent Replacements European tour seemed irresistible until I priced out the airfare).
But enough with the work stories: what about the beer? the tapas? the amuse-bouches?
Who’s left? Who’s gone? Who’s changed?
Pracna on Main, Minneapolis: best gin and tonics (and where I met my husband)
Ciatti’s on Grand, St. Paul: best cheap, late-night happy hour
Grandpa Tony’s on Randolph, St. Paul: thank goodness there are other pizza joints
The 510 on Groveland, Minneapolis: (sigh) truly missed: impeccable service, linen tablecloths, and fantastic wine list
Around, but different:
Italian Pie Shoppe, St. Paul: moved down the street to Macalester
La Cucaracha, Minneapolis: gone, but still on Dale in St. Paul
Half Time Rec, St. Paul: they serve food now!
Frog et Rosbif, Paris: English-style ales since 1993
First Avenue, Minneapolis: many derivations and bleeding ears since 1970
Micky’s Diner, St.. Paul: greasy eggs for over 70 years
Paradiso, Amsterdam: a former church that became a creative center in 1968
W.A. Frost, St. Paul: best patio, smallest keg room