One name connects a corner restaurant in Myers Park and a retirement community in south Charlotte

His name, Salem Suber IV, gave him the run of the place—it was the same name as the owner, his grandfather, Salem Suber Jr. As the grandson wandered around, running his hand along the green velvet seat backs, the grandfather would watch and laugh, chewing on cigars that he’d quit smoking years earlier.

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, the Town House Restaurant was the place to gather in Myers Park, right there at the intersection of Queens and Queens, Providence and Providence. Salem Suber Jr. might’ve been the most popular man in the neighborhood, if not for Hugh McManaway, the peculiar fellow who stood on that corner directing traffic with his outstretched arms.

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