Thanks for 38 years, Char­lotte Cafe

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Opinion -

Wed­nes­day the Char­lotte Cafe at Park Road Shop­ping Cen­ter closed for­ever. Due to in­creas­ing rent, Jimmy Roupas said good­bye to pa­trons he served for 38 years.

Mon­day, I wit­nessed a mov­ing trib­ute as cus­tomers filled his restau­rant one last time. Tears flowed as they paid their fi­nal bills, snapped pho­tos, and hugged Jimmy, his wife, Mary, and Johnny, who bused ta­bles daily with his en­dur­ing smile.

We are los­ing a busi­ness rooted in Char­lotte and with it a part of our­selves. As a Char­lotte na­tive and loyal pa­tron, I thank Jimmy and his fam­ily for nour­ish­ing our bod­ies and souls for all these years. I am grate­ful the Ar­bore­tum lo­ca­tion will con­tinue the tra­di­tion.

– Larry Far­ber, Char­lotte

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