Certain things about our community have been around so long, we tend to take them for granted. And then one day, those things are gone, almost before we have time to realize it.
Such was the case last week with Paul Manning’s Bar-B-Que, which closed its doors Sunday after 40 years of service to the communities of Coal City, Wattsville and St. Clair County in general. Events like these always happen in a whirlwind — one day the restaurant closing is rumored; the next day it is official; and in no time, the deed is done.
Manning — a county commissioner since 1977 — says he came to this site following an accident, with “$225” in his pocket. Forty years later, he thanked all the friends and associates that helped make the place so memorable.
“Time has just shuffled away from me,” he said.
The area will sorely miss the restaurant. Still, we congratulate Manning and his family, and thank them for their contributions. Businesses like these are what make St. Clair County a special place to live and work.