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Nov 29, 2007

Watts Grocery Roofline

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Watts Grocery and its neighbors the Broad Street Cafe* and the High Strung music store occupy what used to be a Revco drug store.  Back in '85 when I went to school across the street at NCSSM, the Revco installed a Talking Diet Coke Machine on the sidewalk right where the Watts Grocery e ntrance is now.  My girlfriend and I would often head over to grab a Diet Coke (they were new then) and to listen to the 12-bar jingle that I'll have in my head until the day I die.**

As for the restaurant, I haven't yet tried it.  I think that's because I'm still smarting from the discovery that it was a restaurant instead of an actual neighborhood grocery store (like the small and great places I walk to whenever I'm visiting San Francisco).  And yes, I hate it when businesses have confusing/misleading names.  But many of my friends like the restaurant, and I wish it well.  See here for reports from Bull City Rising, Durham Foodie, Eclectic Glob of Tangential Verbosity, and CookingEatingDurham.  Pix here from Pique and Reverie.

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*Want to freak yourself out?  Visit www.broadstreetcafe.com when you you're intending to visit www.broadstreetcafe.org.  By coincidence they're both in NC.  I'd love to see what happened if a genie came along and switched them some Saturday night in summertime.

**Oddly, I can't find any web references to the Talking Diet Coke Machine.  Maybe I have the name wrong?  Maybe we just got test-marketed?  In any case, I credit that high school girlfriend for introducing me to many good things including: Diet Coke, a theory of movie reviewing, marinated mussels, dark chocolate with bread, an appreciation for feisty women, and this fine knitter.

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Comments

I have no recollection of a talking soda machine, but we always finagled ours out of the machine at the top Reynolds breezeway. (I've done my penance.)

Your fine knitter blog has gone into my Inspiration folder!

Posted by: Valerie | Nov 29, 2007 8:32:10 PM

Yeah i'm not wild about the name either. Sounds like it might be good with all the recent buzz but
that name is a non starter

Posted by: Fritz | Dec 3, 2007 10:23:16 PM

Get a job you dork. You talk about restaurants you don't go to? Eat a dick!!!

Posted by: ANGRY TOM | Dec 4, 2007 3:29:49 AM

Did you forget your medication again Angry Tom?

Dickhead

Posted by: Fritz | Dec 4, 2007 8:46:58 AM

Angry Tom: No, I talk about restaurants I have not eaten at.

The Rest: Are there any woman bloggers who don't knit, or make dresses? Any? Well, Stew, I don't think you do, but maybe I've just missed those posts.

Posted by: Elrond Hubbard | Dec 5, 2007 9:35:42 PM