Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Fall 2018

The quarterly 27587 MAGAZINE is a must-read, in-you-hands publication that strives to give a deeper identity to rapidly growing Wake Forest, N.C. It highlights in-depth stories, targeting higher-income households.

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Autumn 2018 9 a trucker out of Henderson. "I always get a big burger, a big steak burger," he said. In the beginning, he drove by old City Lunch on Franklinton's main drag, such as it is. "Then I stopped," he said. And as the saying goes, there was no looking back. "People are really friendly. Good food." And, he said, here — unlike elsewhere — the same person cooks his meal, just like family. "I'm the kind of guy who doesn't judge a book by its cover," he said. "Here, I get 'the original.'" In moments, his take-out lunch bagged, he's headed for the door. "Be careful on the road now," said Michelle Ayscue, wearing a pink "City Lunch" T-shirt just like the ones on sale in the eatery's window. Before long, Donna Moore takes a seat at a booth. "Well, it's one of a kind," she said of City Lunch, home to Bright Leaf brand hotdogs, $1.75 apiece, and a "cash or GLIGO²SRP]TSPMG]±=SYGER´X½RHEFIXXIV hot dog." Her ties here go way back. "By mommy and daddy use to bring me in," she said. Today, she's 73. "That's when they were open Saturday night." This downtown, at least up to now, has seen better days. "There ain't nothing here but us and the barber shop," Michelle Ayscue said. "One-half the people who live in town don't even know we're here. … When I was little, this use to be a booming town. Two drug stores on the street. Movie theater. Dime store. A Belk's clothing store, two doors down." She'd get no argument from Larry Kearney, who served as Franklinton's mayor from 1995 to 2003 and just so happened to be dining in one of City Lunch's booths this day. "Somewhere in the neighborhood of 65 or 70 years," he said of his patronage at City Lunch, before the town's mills closed. ±&EGOMRXLSWIHE]W]SYGSYPHR´X½RHE place to sit down." But there is a sense of a turnaround, he said. "I can remember when Wake Forest was a lot smaller," he said. "It's starting to come from Youngsville to this way now." Continued on Next Page kk PHILIP M. READ The view inside City Lunch includes posted newspaper clippings of such things as school sports achievements of locals and NASCAR racing, the latter of which holds no special interest for Michelle Asycue. "If people bring it in, we'll put it up," she said. Left is downtown Franklinton. in the 1940s, when City Lunch was in its infancy. "When I was little, this used to be a booming town," Asycue said. "Two drug stores on the street. Movie theater. Dime store. A Belk's clothing store, two doors down." STATE ARCHIVES OF NORTH CAROLINA

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