Book Signing Aug 2nd July 27, 2013

The once venerable Mecca Restaurant near the ‘circle’ in old northwest Dallas, is now (since August of 2012) the still venerable Mecca Restaurant located in the east Dallas neighborhood of Lakewood at 5815 Live Oak.With a new hard-hat canopy over the entrance…and, on the Skillman side of the building, the old neon signage… you know you are home. Owner Mike Sealy brought The Mecca Restaurant’s long earned reputation for good, plentiful home-cooked meals and friendly, attentive service to its new location. Since I used the old Harry Hines location for one of the scenes of my new novel, The Murder Fever, I felt it was only proper to hold a book signing at The Mecca. Come, join me, and Michael Grant fans on Friday morning from 10am to Noon, August 2nd at The Mecca. Drink coffee, have a meal, get your book signed and say hello to fellow author Tamera Nielsen and the winner of the TMF Cover Contest (and birthday-boy) Greg Evans. We are sure to have a good time. 

Make sure you say hello to owner, Mike Sealy and manager, Ramiro ‘Ram’ Aguilar who made the book signing there possible.

This is how I explained that use of the ‘old location’  in the concluding pages of the book under “Continuity”:

Likewise, when I first began the manuscript for The Murder Fever, The Mecca Restaurant, the breakfast/brunch Mecca in Dallas to millions and a decades-old thriving relic of home-cooking restaurants gone-by, was still located on Harry Hines. This was the imaginary location for the scene where Willy T and Helen met for breakfast and campaigning on a Saturday morning.

Amazingly, The Mecca which opened in 1938 and moved to the Harry Hines location in 1968 was a tenant all these years, paying rent to the property owner. (Imagine the money restaurant owners might have saved if they could have bought the property in 1968?) Although The Mecca was still doing great ‘land office’ business on the weekends, insiders told me the landlord would not keep up the property. The new owner (Mike Sealy since about 2007) dealing with the decaying property and seeing the demographic changes in the neighborhood (which meant meager weekday customers) decided a move was needed to keep the restaurant from going under. Thus, The Mecca moved across town in August 2012. It is now located at 5815 Live Oak Street, Dallas, Texas (214) 352-0051.

I thought it only fair to my readers for me go to the new location to  determine if ‘the legend’ continues. I am happy to report that it does. Gone is the ‘dive’ atmosphere, that it’s old patrons (including me) loved. Saved, is much of the memorabilia that now adorns newer walls. The food is still delicious and plentiful, and the waitstaff is as attentive as ever. DJ, a waitress from the old location, was quick to tell me that now they were are open all day with a great down-home dinner menu available from 5pm to closing. However, notwithstanding continuity of time, since I really liked the ambience and history at the old location, I decided not to change the scene as described on page 57.

 

One Response to “Book Signing Aug 2nd”

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