Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Hot, sultry night in historic downtown Staunton, Va

The heat wave is taking a toll on outdoor dining in downtown Staunton with empty patio seating and all patrons indoors in the hot weather.

Had dinner this evening at Byers Street Bistro with a friend ... we asked to sit upstairs where it was cool and great for conversation. Talked with owner Jeff Ramsey who was working in the kitchen but slipped out to make his rounds of the dining room. Business started picking up as the evening went on....

Work continues on, I believe, replacing water pipes in downtown with various street closures as they dig up, replace, and repave. This week it's Central Avenue.

Ward off the heat at the Split Banana on Beverley Street with a cone, sundae, or other ice cream treat. Don't feel like walking around in the heat? Catch the free trolley to view the city, get from place to place, and catch a ride to Gypsy Hill Park.

After Saturday's Independence Day Parade in Gypsy Hill Park, SWAC Daughter and I ate lunch at The Depot Grille at the train station in downtown and we both got the chicken tenders. They have about the best chicken tenders you will ever eat, and they are even better dipped in honey mustard. Saw Supervisor Nancy Sorrells as we were leaving ... she and a friend were lugging an old-timey fire hose on a reel into the back dining room. Is that the latest item to be on display?

It's summer in the central Shenandoah Valley....

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