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Changes at Jim’s draw some comments

December 15, 2018

Jim’s Steak and Spaghetti House on 5th Avenue is a popular downtown Huntington draw, at least in part because its atmosphere harkens back to restaurants and diners of decades ago. Two recent changes at the restaurant prompted some comments from online readers of The Herald-Dispatch.

One change is the addition of two male waiters, the first in the restaurant’s 80-year history. Also, female waitresses no longer wear the white dresses that have been worn there for decades. Instead, the wait staff now wears black slacks, white shirts and green aprons.

The change from the dresses came about because the restaurant’s owner could no longer find a uniform company that carried the dresses. And the switch in uniform opened the door to have waiters.

Here are some comments from readers:

Kenny Sellards: “So they have a fresh new look. It has nothing to do with the taste of the food. ... Might I recommend the fish sandwich? It is, without a doubt, one of the best in town.”

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Davina Dee Gilkerson: “My favorite spaghetti place! Yum.”

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Sheila Redling: “I tried to order one of those dresses for a show I was doing. I couldn’t find one anywhere.”

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Chris Comer: “I get it, the dresses from whoever they ordered from might be done. But hell we do heart transplants, people live. I’m sure someone can make a white dress.”

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Rebekah Sword: “Sure, but is it cost effective? They ordered the uniforms in bulk - as stated in the article. They aren’t going to have those specific white dresses handmade each time someone needs one. That would be too expensive for any business. I just spoke with my husband who knows one of the lovely ladies who works at Jim’s. They searched for this dress elsewhere for over a year. They were not successful.”

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Cheri Pittman: “Too bad. Another piece of nostalgia gone.”

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Carla Vance Hesseltine: “Just don’t change the spaghetti sauce!”

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Larry Kendall: “Only reason for the change as it was difficult (impossible) to find the white uniform dresses. Nothing political. Just enjoy the spaghetti and strawberry pies.”

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Sheila Ross Kuhn: “I approve of anything the Tweels want to do! I’ve never known more earnest, kinder, fairer, cleaner or more hard working people in my life. I love Jim’s, no matter what the servers wear.”

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Elizabeth Cremeans: “So happy uniforms are changing. I always avoid going in there; beside the uniforms gave me the creeps. Not the sauce or cole slaw. Nice job, much overdue changes!”

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Angie Merritt: “I think this is great. I don’t care what they wear just don’t change the sauce!”

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Mary Gold: “Won’t be the same.”

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Myrtle Stough: “End of an era.”

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Gretchen Claypool: “Sigh.”

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