By: Don White, CV&T Columnist
So when’s the last time you walked through the door of the Frisch’s restaurant in Ravenna?
You say there isn’t now and never has been a Frisch’s Restaurant in that fair city by the railroad tracks?
You’re right, but if you look really closely, there is a door to a Frisch’s restaurant smack dab on the corner of Main Street and River Drive.
The door, featuring the famous Frisch’s Big Boy on the handle, is from the former Frisch’s location in Richmond.
It’s been in place at the building in Ravenna for about 18 years, according to owner Charlie Neal, who says people often ask him if it’s for sale.
Neal, who was outside supervising building refurbishing being done recently by Mark Barnes, says his now-vacant property has never housed a restaurant of any kind.
He is pretty sure it was originally a shoe repair shop back in the 1930s or 40s.
Later, it was home to the Tracy West Oil Company for a number of years.
Most recently, a car stereo shop was operated out of the tiny structure.
A beautiful mural is being painted on the River Drive side in recognition of Carhartt’s big 75th birthday celebration.
Listening to Charlie share the history of the building was entertaining, but the most uplifting scene of the day was seeing how Mark approached the tasks at hand with so much zeal and pride in his work.
His work ethic became even more commendable when he lifted a pant leg to show me the artificial limb attached just below the knee.
The older brother of Barnes Sanitation owner Terry Barnes explained details of the Nov. 9, 2007 accident that cost him his leg and very nearly his life when he found himself under an overturned sanitation truck.
Listening to him explain and not complain made me feel more than a bit guilty about a time earlier in the day when I had grumbled about my legs hurting.
If only that door had been attached to a real Frisch’s, I would have invited Mark and Charlie inside to continue our conversation over a cup of coffee.