The discussion going on about Plaza Hof Brau and Sam’s just gave me a blast from the past that I keep meaning to insert into our local blogging fun: Franke’s Pharmacy. I’m sure FauxPaws will have fond memories, and I’d like to hear from others.
(The web was not my friend research-wise. Googling “franke’s pharmacy” gets you one result.)
Franke’s, a throwback pharmacy and soda fountain, occupied the spot currently occupied by Gonul’s, which before that was occupied by… (fill in the blank, somebody, that ice cream parlor that came and went in the 90s.) When I was a lad coming up through Sacred Heart School Franke’s was the after school hangout, as it had been for at least one or two generations before mine.
Fifty-nine cents got you a Cherry Coke, with freshly-pumped syrup. Whenever I am asked my favorite hamburger of all time (and who am I kidding, often I will do this without being asked) I proudly announce that it is the Franke’s burger, mostly because I will never have another one, so there is zero chance that I’ll have a bad one or get sick after one for some unrelated reason and get my wiring all crossed upstairs. As such my memory is a little fuzzy but mayonnaise and relish and lots of grease come to mind. The small patty was cooked on one of those griddle press cookers.
I had a celebrity run-in there, back in 1987 or so. My friends and I spotted what’s-his-name, the guy from “Bosom Buddies,” who was a local guy. I hear he went on to Bigger and Better Things… (Literally, my friend Scott F. said “Isn’t that the guy from ‘Bosom Buddies’?”)
Now let the wave of nostalgia wash over us all…