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The time: 1980s
The place: Toronto suburbs, Canada
Did you ever have a favourite hangout, like the TV show, Cheers,
“where everybody knows your name and they’re always glad you came”?
For a few years in the 1980’s, we had one; “Anselmo’s”, a cozy Italian restaurant complete with piano bar, owned by a friend. He introduced us to the chef, his cousin Pat from New York. This was during my frenzied corporate workaholic period. I desperately needed to unwind and found the perfect retreat here. Not only was the food superb, but there were stools all around the piano, where we enjoyed after dinner cocktails.
My husband liked to visit the kitchen and check out that night’s menu. Rarely did we order a la carte. Pat quickly learned our tastes and didn’t disappoint. Over time, we also became close with the piano player, a moonlighting hairdresser named Rob. He entertained us with an eclectic mixture of pop, rock, blues and country, delivered in a smooth baritone.
One of his signature numbers was “For The Good Times”, written by Kris Kristofferson in 1968. Although it became a hit for Ray Price two years later, the original version is the one stirring up those musical memories.
Rob sounded so much like Kris!
Sadly, Anselmo’s eventually went out of business and Pat moved back to New York.
We lost touch with Rob. He’s probably retired now.
Do you have a favourite place to unwind?
Looking forward to your comments!
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