Thursday, April 22, 2010

Phoenix Rises From The Ashes

Many of you have Read of the trials and tribulations of Howard White and the Saddle-Up Cafe in Athol. It burned a couple of years ago which I covered both in the blog and in the Spokesman-Review. Fortunately, the kitchen survived, with just the dining area destroyed. Howard can be seen daily rebuilding the dining area, plus adding a basement and a second story for a banquet room. It would appear that there just isn't any quit in Howard White. Currently, he is working out of his pocket with no loan funds.

The funding of this effort is coming from the Friday-Saturday benefits. He is open for takeout with smoked pulled pork, burgers, hot dogs and many other things and there aren't any prices or menu. He is serving this food for donations only. Some underpay, but Howard doesn't mind. He said,"people that are not doing well financially, will not drop much in the bucket, but then I would help those folks anyway." Others, recognizing the need overpay, which he sez is kind of making up for the ones that can't afford much. Who says Horatio Alger Jr is dead anyway. If this isn't a sequel to one of the master's book where Pride and Pluck matter, there just aren't any. Folks, this is North Idaho at it's best.

You can find him bent over the smoker Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 to 5:00 pm feeding those who drop by. Make sure you are one of them.

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