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Op-ed: There won’t be garlic at new Park Inn restaurant (by Peter Children)

Historic Park Inn Hotel to open eatery; how nice.  The long awaited restaurant is finally scheduled to open.  The city has been rife with rumors concerning that empty space that borders the ally on the west side of the complex.  Finally today’s Sunday paper, along with its top feature writer has broken the news.  A chef has been hired, training is under way and  soon the kitchen will be filled with aromatic aromas….but will any of those aromas fill my nostrils with garlic and more to the point will my highly educated palate be bathed in virgin olive oil? Highly unlikely, most doubtful, all odds point the other direction.  More than likely this kitchen will turn out Presbyterian food and everyone knows there has never been a bulb of garlic anywhere near the Presbyterian church or even in the parking area.

I know the Presbyterians are well nourished and in no danger from falling over because of malnutrition …but they can keep you alive by running a bag of nutrients through your veins at the hospital as well.  I know… I know the Presbyterians warm their bags first.

I look forward to dining at this new culinary star on our local landscape; but more to the point I look forward to writing the review for all of North Iowa including all other destinations the Internet travels.  My fervent prayer is laced with high hopes for these folks, they can count on the Presbyterians and a few Congregationalists…maybe even a few Lutherans will show up.

Opening night will be a gala affair; all the men will get their suits dry cleaned and not just pressed, the women will sparkle and if the management is smart they will bring in a string ensemble to divert the fact that there is really no garlic in the kitchen.

Peter Children

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