Thursday, June 16, 2022

Diasporic Dining: Ghosting

The Belmore Cafeteria (photo: Steve Baldwin)

There's a joy to ordering in from a defunct restaurant. When the food doesn’t come you have something to complain about. If the restaurant was in its dying throes then you might be pleased to find  you're actually better off not receiving an order as unappetizing as the one you got on your last go round. In this age of scientism and disenchantment the prospect of sending orders into the cybersphere for the hell of it might not seem to make sense. It’s a little like having a séance in which the spirits of dishes that have long left their woks suddenly come back from the dead. You know how it works. There's a rumbling and then the whistle of a tea kettle boiling. The lights blink on and off. A whole realm of possibility opens up when you order dinner in from that place across the Styx. Imagine Charon delivering for Grubhub. and the spirit of Horn & Hardart shaking the table. Don't forget the Belmore Cafeteria which had a cameo appearance in Taxi Driver.

read "The Chapbook Lady" by Francis Levy, Vol. 1 Brooklyn

and also "Ultimate Rejection" by Francis Levy, The East Hampton Star

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