Friday, March 4, 2011

Tall Thai tales and other top stories of the week

Posted By on Fri, Mar 4, 2011 at 3:30 PM


No, the new 39th Street Mama's won't be serving up phad Thai and basil-fried rice.
  • No, the new 39th Street Mama's won't be serving up phad Thai and basil-fried rice.

A listener to today's Walt Bodine Show -- which had a breakfast theme -- on KCUR 89.3 sent the producer an e-mail during the show: "Mama's on 39th Street is not going to reopen. It's going to become a Thai restaurant."

Really? Fat City immediately sent an e-mail to developer Del Hedgepath, the owner of the building at 39th Street and Southwest Trafficway, where Mama's on 39th Street had been a tenant until a fire destroyed much of the interior last October.


Hedgepath responded quickly:

"The space is in the midst of undergoing renovation due to the fire in October. Mama's is active in designing the space and plans to operate Mama's there once again."

The new Mama's should be open, Hedgepath added, in the next 90 days. He says he knows nothing about a Thai restaurant in one of his properties. So much for that gossip! (There was, however, a short-lived Thai restaurant in the original location of "Mama" Jan Imber's original restaurant, Bell Street Mama's, at the corner of 39th Street and Bell. It closed several years ago.)

The more riveting stories in this week's Fat City included Jonathan Bender's report that a

stretch of Interstate 44 outside of Springfield, Missouri, had been closed

down after 40,000 pounds of mayonnaise (most of it in plastic bags) had been dumped on the highway after a Saturday-morning tractor-trailer crash.

All that creamy mayo unintentionally set the tone for many of the week's special dishes, as it were: sandwich songs, Schlotzsky's Deli, cheese dips, and Jack Stack Barbecue -- all just waiting to be washed down with a frosty mug of chocolate ale or a pony glass of Harveys Bristol Cream.

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