Wednesday, April 10, 2013
I was not notified about this, and I'm in a bit of shock and disbelief. Horror even.
Keeley's Bakery and Cafe, a place I've frequented for many years, has brown paper covering up the street windows and the exterior sign is gone.
My relationship with Keeley's began way back in July of 1978, shortly after I returned from my wedding and honeymoon. As anyone who has had a conventional wedding reception knows, there are many odds and ends to deal with after the affair is over. As I sorted through wedding gifts, leftover programs, and reception favors, I came across a bag containing the platforms and pillars from our wedding cake.
Not long after that, Keeley's moved the shop just a block closer to the center of town. This new shop expanded its menu to include breakfast entrees and a soup and sandwich lunch menu. My good friend Patti met me there every Monday morning at 8:30 for many years. We would sit and have breakfast along with numerous cups of coffee, all the while solving the problems of the world. Some weeks it would require more coffee than others.
One of the last memories I have from that cafe is of my son getting his head caught in the tight space between the back and seat parts of his chair. He was a rambunctious little guy, and he was probably trying to examine the chewed gum stuck under his chair. Before I knew what was happening, there it was - his head coming through that space and stuck. Very stuck. We must've made such a commotion trying to disentangle him, that Mr. Keeley himself came out from the kitchen and gave us a hand.
Over the years, Keeley's emptied my pockets quite frequently. Not only did we patronize the place for our Monday coffee sessions and other meals, but I would also stop in for school birthday cupcakes and other holiday baked necessities. Sometimes, we simply needed a dozen raisin filled cookies for the road.
And now it's gone. No warning. No goodbye. Just gone.
All I can say is that now, without Keeley's and its coffee and donuts, the problems of this world are really gone get stacked up.
Somebody oughta do something about this. This is serious.