Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- In this city’s Jeffersontown neighborhood, you will find Rec Bar, a bar/restaurant/arcade that offers old-school video and pinball games, along with a huge beer selection and eclectic food menu. What city is it?
- What city can brag that one of its former mayors was the inventor of a bulk trash compactor called the Dempster Dumpster?
- What city is home to the Farmers Market of the Ozarks?
And here are the answers:
- Louisville, KY. Voted “Best Bar in Louisville” by readers of the weekly culture newspaper, LEO, Rec Bar has two locations – one in Jeffersontown (J-Town to locals) on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River and one on the Indiana side, in New Albany, Indiana. Boasting of its amalgam of “Games, Grains and Grub,” Rec Bar offers over 60 arcade video games, 70+ pinball machines, a huge selection of beers in bottles and on tap, and menu selections like “Frosted Flake Tenders,” “Cougar Bait Tacos,” and a “Gorgon Trail” cheeseburger.
- Knoxville, TN. The question may arise, “which came first, the politics or the dumpsters?” The answer is simple: The Panama Canal! George Roby Dempster, born in Knoxville in 1887, proved his mettle as a steam shovel operator at the Miraflores Locks in the Panama Canal after graduating high school. While manufacturing pontoon boats with his brothers during WWII, he stumbled on the idea for a front-loaded garbage truck that eventually became the first Dempster Dumpster. This success led to Dempster’s interest in local politics, first as city manager and later as mayor of Knoxville. In 1932, he was appointed to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Commission, which was responsible for buying land for the national park. After a life well-lived, Dempster passed away in 1964 at age 77.
- Springfield, MO. Opened in 2013, the Farmers Market of the Ozarks became the first farmers market in the region to be housed in a year-round pavilion, allowing vendors and customers to support the enterprise in all types of weather. Its mission and values are clearly stated on its website. “Community members understand the value of strengthening the local economy by supporting locally grown food, local food growers and producers prosper by finding local marketplaces for their products, and residents have access to high quality, nutritious, locally grown food.” Farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, eggs and cheeses share the space with unique artisan works, concessions, and specialties like moonshine from the Copper Run Distillery.