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Two Chairs No Waiting 28: Charles Dowell Interview Part 1

Host: Allan Newsome
Special Guest: Charles Dowell
Running time: 0:10:56

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We’ve had folks asking about the folks that live in Mt. Airy, Andy’s real hometown,  and interviewing them. The last two episodes were an interview I did with Russell Hiatt from over at Floyd’s Barbershop so I felt like it was very fitting to continue the theme this week with Charles Dowell.

Charles is the owner of The Snappy Lunch and the creator of the world famous Pork Chop Sandwich.  All kinds of famous people have visited The Snappy Lunch.  Charles is a fixture in Mt. Airy and offers a personal view of the town and the people who live in and visit Mt. Airy.

The interview was recorded in April 1998 in the back room of The Snappy Lunch there are dishes hitting each other and folks getting orders ready that can be heard in the background.

Thanks for listening!  Please tell folks about the show and leave comments and questions at iMayberry.com/podcasts or by using the contact information given in the podcast.

Related Links:

  • The Snappy Lunch – Web site for The Snappy Lunch with a history, photos and the menu.
  • Mount Airy North Carolina – Information about the town, Mayberry Days, The Autumn Leaves Festival, and other events.

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  • Jeff September 4, 2012, 10:35 pm

    Back when I lived in North Carolina, I would go up to Mount Airy on weekends and got to know Charles. Snappy’s closes at 1:45 on Saturdays so we would come in late and close the place down. Charles would sit at a booth and count up the day’s till and visit. I remember the story he told me about the chili that he started making for Snappy Lunch. The Bell South office was across the street and the ladies would come over for lunch and told Charles his hot dog chili could be better. Charles came up with the idea of using the bacon, tenderloin and sausage from the morning’s rush and adding that to the chili for lunch. The ladies had one taste of that and said “don’t change a thing!” Not only was he able to make a great chili for the hot dogs and pork chop sandwich, he didn’t have to throw out any leftover food.

    Charles was one of the special people in Mount Airy and he will be missed.


  • Tim Bradshaw January 23, 2013, 6:41 pm

    Quality Entertainment ! On to #29

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