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Lariat's new owners working to expand on eatery's tradition

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  • azbiker posted at 1:28 pm on Mon, Aug 1, 2016.

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    As a former owner/operator of the Lariat (1990's), I am saddened at its demise and demolition. It is always a shame to see a landmark historical business and structure cease to exist.

    Carols and several other locals were always present whenever there was a band playing. Most were very talented western dancers and never lacked partners for the entire night. It always amazed me that there were people from Saddlebrooke and Sun City who complained to me about "cowboys" (the real kind) actually endangering other dancers by wearing spurs on the dance floor. Most did not get dressed up to be "drug store cowboys." Most just came there right from work on one of the local ranches.

    Clyde was a unique individual with a thousand stories to tell. I am not aware of him having any specific health problems other than arthritis from a multitude of broken bones from being a cowboy and riding in rodeos. He was there every day because he lived in a small trailer connected to the rear of the building. He cleaned the saloon area every morning and helped out in general. He had his own stool at the bar and was rather territorial about it. It was a sad day when he passed. He was sorely missed and for a long time none of the regulars would sit on his stool.

    I frequently think of all the good times had there and the good friends that were made. I miss them all. Unfortunately, I now live in China and will probably never see any of them again.

    Al Jarvis
    Guilin, Guangxi, China



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