Yesterday, I was driving back to Washington, D.C., and I planned to make a quick detour in Hagerstown, Md., to eat lunch at Kerch's Southern BBQ. I had been 4 or 5 years since I had last eaten at Kerch's, but I remembered the excellent barbecue chicken they served.
Well, my detour was all for naught. I arrived at the old site of Kerch's to see a two- or three-story office building. One of the locals was kind enough to tell me that the owner of Kerch's had decided a couple of years ago to close the business and sell the land to a developer. (She seemed almost as disappointed as I was.)
There was nothing else around but fast-food restaurant chains. Ugh. This is getting to be a real problem, especially once you leave the major cities — the absence of local mom-and-pop restaurants that serve good, no-nonsense food. (Sigh)