Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dwyer's Tales

by Rob Savoy

Anyone who grew up in Lafayette in the 60s, 70s, or 80s will remember Myrtis the waitress at Dwyer's Cafe', downtown.

I remember going as a kid to the location on Jefferson a few stores down from the underpass. I think the same spot became Jefferson St. Cafe' in the 80's (S.M.A.S.H. late night breakfasts anyone?).

Anyways, I'm thinking of a lunch I had at the current location , up the street from the bus station, in the late 1980's.

Myrtis was our waitress (drinks only of course, we ordered off the line from Mike). She didn't always get your order right but she was always entertaining and genuinely sweet. I was eating there, as I did about 3-4 times a week then, with my friend Steve. We shared a table with local barbers, lawyers, and city workers. After lunch we paid at the counter on the honor system (no checks or bills written-always loved that). We were off to our separate cars and suddenly Myrtis came running out of the cafe' yelling, "Hey Baby, wait, wait!" She had something odd in her hands. Turns out Steve had left his retainer on the table in a napkin, she retrieved it and made sure he had it for the next meal.

You just can't get that kind of service anywhere these days.

Rob Savoy is a current member of the New Orleans Creole Stringbeans band, and former member of The Bluerunners and Cowboy Mouth. He is married and has 2 adorable little girls.

Photos by: jmeaux and Rick Olivier

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