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Ok. Here is the story of what happened to the “P”. There was an elderly man named Stan who lived on a farm outside of Des Moines, Iowa. His children were all older and years ago his wife had passed. One day as he was sitting in his porch he noticed that the side of his big red barn looked rather empty. So out of sheer boredom he formulated a plan. He thought long and hard about what to do. Finally he figured it out. He was gonna go around the country finding all the different letters in the alphabet and put them on the side of the barn. He also decided that he was going to go to a different city or town for every letter. Stan figured most of the letters he could find at antique stores and such, at most he would need a ladder to maybe pull one off a wall. Stan spent 3 years planning and mapping out his route and gathering supplies for the journey. All the time in the back of his head he was nervous, he thought that it couldn’t be that easy. What if there was a letter that he couldn’t find? What if it was unreachable? Well Stan came up with a plan for that. It took him another 3 years to have everything set and ready. Finally Stan loaded up his old Chevy pickup and headed out. He started off strong knocking off almost the entire alphabet in less than a month. A few more weeks went by and he was finally almost done. One letter had eluded him. The “P”. Stan only had one more town on his list, Carbondale, Co. He rolled into town and continued his quest. He drove around town all day with no luck. So feeling a little defeated he saddled up to the bar at the Nugget. After a few too many he decided to stumble back to the Days Inn. After a few stumbles and a couple meetings with some shrubs he found himself in a parking lot. He looked up and saw what he has been looking for. The “P” it was beautiful and perfect. It was the “P” on the sign of Patina restaurant. He began to formulate a plan. It was way to high up for his ladder, plus he was pretty drunk. So he decided to unveil his secret weapon. The one he spent years working on....... Ferrets! Highly trained Ferrets. 2 of them so skilled in the art of thievery and escape they had to be contained underwater with an oxygen system and feeding tube to keep them from escaping. Stan grabbed the diabolical little rascals and had them get to work. They moved swiftly with Ninja like skills. Chewing and scratching at the screws holding their prize to the facade. Finally it began to come loose. Stan immediately realized he had a problem. He was either going to watch the “P” come crashing to the ground or he had to try and catch it. So Stan hovered under the “P” determined not to let his trophy fall to its demise. Finally the Ferrets accomplished their goal and the “P” came down. Stan was ready. Let’s not forget that Stan was drunk and greatly underestimated the weight of the “P” and sorely misjudged the velocity of which it would approach. The next morning a bystander passing by noticed someone laying in front of the restaurant. She called the police, when they showed up the had no way of identifying the body. There was no wallet, phone, keys, nothing. They finally identified the body as Stan from Iowa. It was a sad ending. What was really strange is that the “P” was never recovered. Equally as strange was the video surveillance from the Days Inn of Stan’s pickup leaving the parking lot at 3:13 in the a.m. The truck was never recovered however authorities have found random letters of the alphabet popping up on the interstate between Carbondale and Barstow Ca. They found all of the letters that Stan had collected.........except the “P” All I know is that you are not gonna catch a Ninja Ferret that doesn’t wanna be caught.
Many of you have noticed that our name has changed from "PATINA" to "ATINA". This sudden change in identity has sparked many questions as to where the "P" went.
As the real story lacks excitement and mystery, we decided to turn this puzzling question back to you, our valued patrons in the form of a contest. The best creative story wins a gift card to "Atina".
The stories are now all in and have been evaluated based on originative content and what generated the most laughs from the staff. We are all in 100% agreement that we have a winner. .....And the winner is:
Please read Jesse's story about how Patina lost it's "P" and keep an eye out for those Ninja ferrets!