|TU photo by Phillip Kamrass|
PRATTSVILLE -- Not even the Schoharie Creek can wash the Pabst Blue Ribbon out of town.
The Prattsville Tavern Restaurant is open for business again and so is Friday night in a place that has been stuck on Monday morning for three months.
Most people here have not stopped working since the flood brought by Tropical Storm Irene carried trucks and propane tanks down Main Street. At night, it has been so quiet it's as if the Greene County town just got folded into the dark mountain hills.
Even Kenny Cox, the owner, wondered if this day would ever come. Some customers who lost their homes and their jobs left town and will never return. Then some of the regulars came back to the Tavern Restaurant and helped rip out the bar, the wall, the floorboards, the floor joists. They worked for Coors Light and the opportunity to make something normal again.
As Cox talked on a recent day, a man stopped across the street to drop off a Dumpster into which someone will throw the pieces of a home. The man jogged across Main Street to press his face against the front window of the Tavern Restaurant, to see how it was coming along. People do it all day, Cox said.
"I hope it means a lot," he said. "I hope it shows that there are people here who want to stay."
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