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Reinventing Redeye, Rethinking the American Burger:

These Towns Combine Tradition with Innovation

MRGRIFFTER

Abingdon, Virginia's bounty of enticing places
to eat includes everything from a soda shop to
fine dining. And in Johnson City, Tennessee, the
restaurant scene has come alive with a similarly
eclectic verve.
by Fred and Jill Sauceman

Food is central to the history of Abingdon, Virginia. The town is home
to the State Theatre of Virginia,
the Barter Theatre, which owes its
very name to food. It opened in
the midst of the Great Depression,
on June 10, 1933, when money was
scarce. Theatre-goers, short on cash,
were allowed to trade, or barter,
garden produce, canned goods and
even cured country ham for admission to the theatre. For the equivalent of about 40 cents in bartered
goods, anyone could see a show.
A short walk from the Barter is
Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe and Grill. On
the door are the words Hafa Adai.
In Chamorro, the native language
of Guam, it's a greeting-a "Hello"
or a "What's up?"
"Pop" Ellis was Harold Ross Ellis,
who died in 2005 but whose name
lives on at his son Doug's business
on the town's Main Street. Hafa
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Adai may be a foreign phrase, but
it's right at home in this Southwest
Virginia setting.
Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe is an
American success story. The themes
are common in these Appalachian
Mountains: patriotism, devotion to
family, love of community and service to others.
Harold Ellis graduated from Elizabethton High School in Tennessee
in 1942, shortly after America's entry into World War II.
"And Dad couldn't get into the
Marine Corps fast enough," says
son Doug.
Harold was a witness to history
on several fronts in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He was stationed
on Guam with the 3rd Marine Division when the United States won
the island back from Japan. His
outfit was among the third wave of
troops on Iwo Jima.

Left: Johnson City, Tennessee, has
grown as a dining destination.
Above: Abingdon, Virginia, is
larger than its size for dining.
Immediate right: Johnson City's
Peerless: Its name is in steak.
Far right: Abingdon's Ellis Soda
Shoppe offers a warm welcome.


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