The Regulars

Ann Dickenson

 

ANN DICKENSON, 61
TEACHER’S AIDE
Eats at : Donald Citrano’s Coffee Shop Cafe, McGregor

“We go to the Coffee Shop Cafe every Friday and Saturday night. They always reserve a table for us, so we call if we’re not coming. It’s always the same table—the round one in the corner, on the left when you walk in. We don’t even look at the menu anymore. My husband likes the Spanish omelet and I like the chicken-fried chicken sandwich.”

Benny Archer

 

BENNY “ARCH” ARCHER, 63
OWNER OF ARCHER FUNERAL HOME
Eats at: Rock Inn Cafe, Seymour

“I’ve been eating at the Rock Inn Cafe for over fifty years. I eat there two to three times a week. We lived about eighteen miles outside of town when I was a kid, and the highlight of coming in was eating lunch or dinner there. There’s a little booth area in the front and some stools in the back, and I usually migrate to the back and order the slaw burger. I used to be a saddle bronc rider, so I’ve lived in lots of places—Dallas and Tulsa and all over—but I’m always glad to get back to the Rock Inn.”

Bob Hink

 

BOB HINK, 64
FARMER AND RANCHER
Eats at: Mel’s Diner, Wheeler

“I always go to Mel’s at 6 a.m. and have two eggs with wheat toast. That’s where all the farmers and ranchers go in the morning. We talk about the rainfall and things like that. And then I stop in at around noon for a hamburger. Every Thursday night we have a jam session. We sit in a circle and play country and western while people eat supper. Usually the whole back room is full. If someone comes in and wants to pick or sing, we’ll make room for them. The sheriff out of Lipscomb County comes quite often and plays the fiddle. I sing a lot of Hank Williams. You ever hear ‘Your Cheatin’ Heart’? That’s the one we get the most requests for.”

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