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Cafe owner trusts customers to hold down the fort

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My daughter and I took an Amtrak train northward from Cary to Selma in December 2018. We sought some rest and relaxation. Without an automobile or rental car, we sauntered along the public thoroughfare with our roll-on-luggage in tow.

After an entertaining musical at the Rudy Theatre, we stopped to eat at the Hula Girl Cafe and Catering Service located at 103 S. Raiford St. in Selma. We opened the door, plopped our bags inside and sat down. The owner greeted us warmly. After serving us generous salads, she announced that she had received a text message informing her to expect a large crowd for supper.

“Would you tend to the restaurant while I run to the store to buy some potatoes?” owner Jennifer Peele pleaded. With a chuckle, we consented.

She left us there alone. Then, the telephone rang. We giggled. “Who will answer that?” we asked as looked at each other. Soon, the owner returned juggling a bag of potatoes. She then served us some delicious sandwiches.

While being asked to “hold down the fort” is rare in these times of disharmony, we appreciated the demonstration of trust. After this enjoyable trip, we hope to return to Selma soon for another adventure.

Bob Rosenbush

Cary

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