So long, Hurricane Kate’s
Friday dinner marked the last night of Hurricane Kate’s, the Old Town Eureka restaurant that hosted good food, nice ambiance, and an occasional public outburst by local bigwig Rob Arkley.
Hurricane Arkley was most likely to strike the Thursday lunch rush, according to legend. It was one such Thursday that then City Councilman Jeff Leonard’s mid-day meal was peppered with spittle as Arkley screamed “you’re worthless!” while scolding him for failing to be a pawn to a greater extent than he already was (by killing the master plan for the Balloon Track, for example). Some local figures even avoided the restaurant on the day of Thor to bypass potential tantrums.
Kate’s was also where Arkley’s blogging aspirations were launched when he whipped out his cell phone one afternoon to snap a pic of his arch rival Bill Pierson lunching with Peter Douglas of the Coastal Commission. “A-ha!” thought he. “Now everyone will know the people I hate dare talk with each other in a civilized manner.” The blurry image later made its way to the Humboldt blogosphere and angels rained from the heavens.
But back to the episode with Leonard, it’s a wonder how far we’ve come since the days when Arkley had assaulted — verbally or otherwise — a majority of sitting Eureka City Council members. Now, with last year’s election of the Arkleyville slate, he has a fawning bunch of fan boys (and girls) at his disposal and look how much Eureka has improved! No Balloon Track clean-up, another empty store front in Old Town, and nothing on the horizon but WalMart.
Fundamentalist Republican hugs!