Sunday, November 22, 2009

Porubsky's

Porubsky's is a Topeka tradition. It was founded by a mother/son combination. The grandson of the son just received a grant to film a documentary on the store and tavern. I've eaten there twice (open for lunch only these days). I wanted Wilma to experience it so we went to eat there before we went to see the film. This place is known for chili and simple sandwiches. Unfortunately, they were out of chili, so we need to go back later. But we ate the cold plate, which is a plate of bread, cheese and meat and you assemble. Very small place but rich in community history. The store is on the left, tavern on the right. It's a small Russian German immigrant community with the major local employer being Santa Fe railroad, yards and maintenance shops. The mother and son are both dead now and the future of the store and tavern is uncertain. The culture that created and sustained it has changed so much that it probably won't make it in the long run.

7 comments:

ejmordasky said...

This is a trasure to read and the sketch looks like it should be what you say...always a treat !

Barbara said...

I love old places like this, the ones only locals know about. We've got a couple favorites around here too (every community does) but I never thought to make a journal page about them. Great idea & a great page!

Alan said...

I've always enjoyed your journal posts. Very creative.

Ramona Davidson said...

I was just thinking I had not seen anything by you lately, and here you are posting a lovely journal page about your interesting trip.

Possum Patty said...

Your page is a great way to preserve a little bit of history. Nice.

Sandy said...

Another great page, and how great to record that quiet time out in the woods- great use of quiet time and view! My father and husband are or were deer hunters (for food not sport) and I am sure they could relate to this down time on "the chase".

Margaret Ann said...

Your journal pages always bring a smile...this is no exception... I hope the place is around at least for a few more years...Places like that truly are treasures!