by Sean Hess (Sean@StAugTeam.com), Broker and Manager for St. Augustine Team Realty (www.StAugustineTeamRealty.com). Join us on Facebook.
Spankys Pizza St Augustine
Spanky’s pizza house is closed.
When my four-year old and I walked by he asked, “Do you mean we can’t go there anymore?”
When I told him that was the case, he said, “Awwwwwwww…..”
Spanky’s sat in the plaza at the corner of US 1 and Wildwood, just a few doors down from Publix. It’s been in the same spot since I’ve been a resident of the (unfashionable) south end of St. Augustine, which is over 14 years now. Officially it was called Spanky’s II, but since there never was a Spanky’s I, well, that’s what made it charming.
What made it even more charming is that they remembered my kids since they were infants. The kids and I ate lunch there a lot before they went to school. While my son was in morning pre-K we probably ate there once a week. It was nice because they knew who you were.
We had a lot of fun conversations there, me and the kids. Once for an entire month I tried to explain who Spanky McFarland of the Little Rascals was. Then I had to explain that Spanky had since died. This was hard for one of them to grasp.
“Spanky McFarland was a little kid, right?”
“But now Spanky is dead?”
“Yes, but he was an old man when he died.”
“So Spanky is not a little kid?”
It went around and around like this for awhile.
Spanky’s was also the place my children first accused me of “being addicted for diet coke.”
When Little Ceasars opened nearby last month it probably took some of the local pizza business. Even if the two weren’t competing directly (Spanky’s was sit down and Ceasars is takeout), when you take money out of a market it has to come from somewhere. Maybe the contractors we always saw in there for lunch grabbed a pizza from Ceasars and ate in the truck instead. Maybe people who would have sat for lunch grabbed take out for home. Who knows?
We will miss the place. Like my four-year old said, “We can’t go anymore? Awwwwwww….”