Roomy booth seats, which Stone says provide plenty of privacy, are upholstered in leather from Ed’s shop. Though the shop no longer stands, visitors can see other examples of his handiwork in the original, brown leather menus on display.
Dotting the restaurant’s walls are black-and-white images of places, people and animals unique to Texas, photographed by Ed’s friend Shel Hershorn, a longtime photojournalist known for his coverage of the civil rights movement. These are hung alongside Aztec rugs, which business manager Shannon Galvan says Ed liked.
“Not sure where that came from, but they go with the aesthetic of the place,” Galvan says.
Galvan, who started working at the restaurant 15 years ago as a hostess, says the features that stand out to her are the tables, which have solid-wood bases and copper tops and are surrounded by solid-wood chairs.
It’s elements like those — along with staff members including bartender Jon Radke, who has been at the restaurant 35 years — that make the restaurant feel like home.
“A lot of customers have been coming here since the ‘70s, and so I think it’s a place for them to celebrate, you know, small things in their life and big things in their life,” Galvan says.
Celebration is not only what Galvan calls a “generational” place, where couples come by themselves and later as parents, but also a place customers love and frequent.
Stone, for example, dines at the restaurant two or three times each week. She sits on the patio with her dog, Ajax, and usually orders the vegetable plate. If she goes at night, she orders salmon.