I just read the piece by Janet Burke and couldn't have agreed with her more. Louie's was a home away from home. Most of us worked there for 6-10 years. It is almost unspeakable these days to hear teens and young adults staying with their part-time jobs that long.
What was different about Louie's? Louie's was a family establishment that promoted values. When working at Louie's you immediately gained an extra mother and father. Some of us belonged to Gordon and Georgette; where others of us were kids of Dick and Diane.
There was no calling in sick or making excuses. When you were supposed to be at work you were there. We worked days, nights, weekends and holidays ... but of course never Christmas or Thanksgiving. Those were family days. On our days off we went to the beach together. Before our proms we paraded through Louie's.
Those were the days. My family are longtime residents of "Port"..
We will truly miss going back to Louie's.