Seating sorely missed

Once they may have been upholstered in chartreuse. I think they went through a coral and turquoise or aqua period. I’m talking about the wonderful chairs on wheels at Luby’s. As Joni Mitchell said, “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” Only the rolling highchairs for the little ones remain. The sturdy and high-seated, plumply upholstered, rolling wonders for the grown-ups have been banished. Dining at Luby’s will always offer that convenience and downhome comfort food that we sometimes crave, but some of the atmosphere has vanished. As we made our in-town rounds this past very peaceful weekend, Luby’s was one of the highlights and I was reminded again that I didn’t mean to let the disappearance of the famous chairs go without a public appreciation. All those king-size Texans and white-haired valkyrie ladies from the Wisconsin bus tour who were among the diners enjoying cornbread, pie, collards, and cooked-down green beans with bacon, along with the newer fish and chicken dishes, would have enjoyed the expansive luxury and convenience of the old chairs instead of spilling over the edges of the flimsy non-rollers that have replaced them. Bring them back! And let the tea-ladies have their carts again! And thanks for keeping those big pats of real butter.

2 Comments so far

  1. lauratex on May 29th, 2008 @ 8:53 am

    My husband, who is not a native Texan, does not understand Luby’s at all, despite having moved here in high school. I guess it takes going there from a young age? I also miss the tea/water cart but hadn’t noticed the rolling chairs… then again, it’s been awhile.

  2. odoublegood on May 29th, 2008 @ 9:18 am

    We always offer to take out-of-state visitors to Luby’s. It’s wonderful people-watching, especially on Sundays, with people in their church finery, and on the bargain days for kids. It’s a great place to go when separate checks are in order: no muss, no fuss. I love seeing four generations at a table. Everybody eats at Luby’s: rich people among them, and all ethnicities. It’s a great place to go when food is needed fast; it’s fast food that’s real.

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