Have an old house with inside doors you want to stay open but they won’t oblige? Use a little bit of peel ‘n stick Velcro on the door handle and the wall where you want it to stick.
In yesterday’s Where in the World Wednesday I was in a charming little-known neighborhood bar in Ankeny called Frankie’s.
It could be called a dive bar but that would do it a disservice. On one hand, it serves a variety of cheap-ass beers (e.g., Hamm’s, Old Milwaukee, Schlitz) in hefty frosted mugs. On the other, it is well appointed with Templeton Rye and Bombay Sapphire, and the appropriate rocks glasses.
The atmosphere is 50s cool with retro martini-patterned fabric on the booth, Rat Pack photos on the walls and starburst candle holders on the tables. A Korean War “Lucky Strikes Again” item is also displayed, along with Falstaff bar coasters and a vintage working fan.
Service is swift and friendly. And the best part, Frankie’s is open 24×7. No prohibition password needed, however, it is by invitation only. I’m fortunate to count the owners among my friends.
If you can’t be kind, at least be vague. – Judith Martin
Always forgive your enemies. Nothing annoys them so much. – Oscar Wilde
A good compromise is when both parties are dissatisfied. – Henry Clay
We’re surrendered our lives to the momentum of mediocrity. – Don Juan DeMarco
Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torment of man. – Nietzsche
I don’t tout happiness. – Robert Duval, Tender Mercies
In yesterday’s post I was at Table 128. At the bar. Naturally. Enjoying an inspired Restaurant Week meal.
It’s been several weeks since I was there so I am, literally, at a loss for words. But I do remember it was amazing! Very comfortable atmosphere in an unassuming strip mall. I will definitely go back.