My undergraduate school was Manhattan College. Over the past few years, Jack Kelly and I have run into each other at the Chart Room. Jack a Manhattan grad also. A bit younger than me. He graduated in 1968. I, 1957.
The Manhattan College thing provided instant bonding.
Jack once had a home on Cudjoe Key. Long gone. In recent years, he has been taking a week here and there to visit Key West.
Jack was at the Chart Room last night. Always good to see him. We talked a bit about Manhattan and some of the grads. One or two we both know. Then Jack surprised me. He is returning to Key West full time.
Jack is buying a home in Bayview. He is also in the process of closing on three restaurants. That’s returning big time!
One is the former Finnegan’s Wake. Last operated for several days as Backspace. Jack will be reopening it as Cayheuso. A tapas place.
Another is World of Beer. Near Sloppy Joe’s. Jack plans on naming the new establishment Jack Kelly’s Citizen. Such vanity! Not really. Turns out the location was the first home of the Key West Citizen.
The third place is on Front Street. Across from Two Guys. Not Island Dogs. Next door to Island Dogs. An empty two story commercial building.
The name of the new enterprise escapes me. Its purpose not. Jack intends it to be family friendly. In addition to food, etc., the restaurant will provide all kinds of games for the kiddies to busy themselves with. Even the parents.
Jack is retired Air Force. He presently lives in Washington, DC. He remains active with the Arnold Air Society.
Welcome back, Jack! Good luck!
Jack and I hung together for a few hours at the Chart Room. While there, I met Devin Callahan. A snow bird. He is in Key West frequently. Surprising we had not met before.
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Petrone, Louis S. “Key West Lou” (MC1957)
Kelly, Jack [MC1968]
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