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Friday Night Traditions in Aztec

Dance at the Aztec Restaurant


February 3, 2017

Debbie Israel

Aztec Restaurant is the place to be on Friday nights! Otis and the Rhythm has everyone dancing

In 1985 when Linda Harris started working at the Aztec Restaurant, she recalls how Friday evenings were magic. "I believe there may have been dancing even when we were called the Roadrunner Cafe," said Linda. There has been live music and dancing as far back as most can remember, with the charm of long time patrons two stepping on a black and white checkered floor.

Linda started out as a waitress, and has witnessed a lot of change in the city of Aztec, back before any chain restaurants had moved in and most of the locals would all meet up for meals with family and friends. Making memories over home style cooking and a sense of grandma's kitchen, where you never left the table hungry. She has remained the familiar face most mornings, greeting patrons with her smiling face and genuine conversation as she tops a cup of coffee off, or gets you another glass of tea. This is the charm of the mom and pop style cafe, returning to eat again and again.

Thomas Hinds

Dancing away the night

The reason for the longevity of the music and dancing is that the Aztec Restaurant offers an alcohol free environment, where you will see toddlers dancing with their grandmothers as well as long time lovers twirling and gliding around a room filled with smiles and laughter. For years the music was provided by the human jukebox Grant, but since he has moved out of town, now there is a friendly rotation of Otis & The Rhythm and Robert Stallings. Both bring that old time country music that is the perfect backdrop for two step dancing.

Linda says (with a wink and a laugh) "if you are in need of an easy going atmosphere with good music and room to shake a leg, come out and visit us Friday nights, 630pm to 830 pm, but get there early, the regulars stake their claim to all the good seats." There truly is nothing quite like the small town friendliness that makes you feel like family, surrounded by good people, who enjoy making friends and having a good time.

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