Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

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10 Autumn 2018 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine That's the hope, too, of Clyde Waiden Jr., whose health issues have kept him away from City Lunch for some time now, leaving the day-to-day operation to daughter Michelle and his wife, Sharon. "I truly believe with all the development around," he said. "I don't know if I'll live to see it. I hope I do." "We never made a lot of money, but we had a lot of love," said Waiden, whose long days — college classes, cooking et al — included years-long stints as a pastor after he earned his master's of divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. "It's been a family business from the time they were big enough to walk." They being Michelle and her siblings, Melanie, Michael, and Melissa. When they were kids, Rev. Waiden said, he built them a playroom and basketball hoop in the back room. "They never had to go to daycare," he said. "I'm not worried about my kids, they're 100 feet back there." Today, it is Michelle Waiden Ayscue, with mom Sharon, at the helm. What of her siblings? "They all do their own thing," she said. Will a fourth generation take over? "My niece," she said, then hesitating. "I don't know. She has a baby, lives in Wake Forest and does her own thing. … It's probably history after me." There's some old-time family history on the wall behind the counter, now dated pictures of her nieces and nephews and of her — yes — skydiving. "I've done it three times," she said. There's other stuff on the walls, too, such as an oversized City Lunch T-shirt signed by so many in 2012. But the date, it turns out, has no meaning. "Just to do it," she said. There's a mounted picture of the City Lunch T-ball team of 1995 and a somewhat faded 1998 letter from QVC, the home- shopping network, congratulating Sharon Waiden for winning its contest, along with a copy of the $11,000 check she collected in lieu of winning a Chevrolet Corsica. As for all the NASCAR racing posters, MXMWRSXEVI¾IGXMSRSJ1MGLIPPI%W]GYI´W sports interests. "I don't care much about it," she said. "If people bring it in, we'll put it up." As for the family patriarch, being a pastor, he sees City Lunch as a ministry. "Some people say ministry is all in the church. Church is a celebration of ministry. Ministry is touching the people." City Lunch, whose sign out front proclaims "Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior," is a sanctuary all its own, a place of comfort, he said. "Just somebody to pat them on the back, somebody here with you." And if the stomach is a way to a man or woman's heart, there's plenty of homemade desserts to be had. "I do all the baking," Michelle Ayscue said. "All the pies. All the cakes." Rewind PHOTOGRAPHS BY PHILIP M. READ Clockwise from above: Rocky Rockwell of Henderson, a regular, waits as proprietor Michelle Ayscue gets his change. "I always get a big burger, a big steak burger," he said. The T-shirts in the window note the Jan. 1, 1949, acquisition of City Lunch and its nickname, "The Hot Dog Stand." Ayscue and a few of her mementoes, pictures of her nieces and nephews and of her skydiving. "I've done it three times," she said. A framed picture of Sharon Waiden, now 73, is tucked away out of sight, evidence of the family's longevity running City Lunch.

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