The Trackside Tavern was founded in 1982. The owner, Doc Al, always flew a US flag above the front door. It burned just before daylight on Inauguration Day, 1/20/2009. At a fund raiser for the staff at The Corner Pub, the Decatur Fire Department presented Doc Al with a new flag, and offered to install it after Trackside was rebuilt. It has been rebuilt from the ground up, and had a soft opening in July. The formal "Re-welcoming" was this weekend. As promised, members of the DFD (some of whom fought the fire and saved the benches and some irreplaceable memorabilia, were on had Sunday to install the new flag. It was a very touching ceremony, sharing the community spirit of Decatur.
You can watch the embedded 9-minute HD video or see it in in full screen "couch mode" at http://vimeo.com/28952794 (assuming your computer and networking can handle it).
More videos from this weekend will be linked tonight or tomorrow.
Trackside will soon become Decatur's equivalent of Sardi's in NYC. John Cox, illustrator par excellence, will draw your caricature to go on a Trackside wall for just 5 bucks. He'll start at 7pm on Friday and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday, and keep going until there's no waiting line.
Don't miss this golden opportunity to be famous.
Incidentally, John drew the caricature in the right sidebar.