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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Letty Ketner smiles as she escorts a group to a table at her restaurant, Letty's, on October 27, 2013.
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    Letty Ketner (standing) gives a rundown of the daily specials to a table at Letty's on October 27, 2013. F
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    Jaqi Feicht writes the daily dessert specials on a door in Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Zoe Anderson (center) helps deliver brunch to a table at Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Letty Ketner (talks) with customers at Letty's on October 27, 2013. neighborhood restaurant succeed. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    Brunch is prepared in the kitchen at Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Janet Poole (center) talks with her daughter, Jan Stanley of Boone, NC, as they enjoy brunch at Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Letty Ketner (center, left) gets a hug from Janet Poole (center, right) as they laugh with Poole's daughter, Jan Stanley (right) as they leave Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Letty Ketner (standing) takes the order of Trey Therrell (center, right), son of Jim Therrell (rear), and grandson of Jimmy Therrell (hidden in photo) at Letty's on October 27, 2013. All three generations were at the restaurant for brunch.
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    Letty Ketner (standing) gives a rundown of the daily specials to Thomas Harrison (right), Wes Turner, (front, left), Scott Jowers, and Wes Knowles while on the patio of Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Jimmy King (right) checks in on customers Dr. Maeve O'Connor (left, seated) Richard Barnes, and Finn Barnes, 2 years old, while at Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Jerry Welch (center, left) greets Arrash Jalali (center) right) as Craig Shelton (left), Andrew Thomas (rear), and John Lupton look on while at Letty's on October 27, 2013.
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    Letty Ketner (standing) talks with Kevin Taylor (left) and Shane Coble after clearing plates off the table on the patio of Letty's on October 27, 2013. For 30 years Letty Ketner worked in other peopleÕs restaurants. From waitressing at Hotel Charlotte to running the kitchen at a nursing home, she always followed the safe path. Now Ketner, 58, has taken on the biggest risk of her life. Her restaurant, LettyÕs, will mark its first anniversary in December. Like this east Charlotte neighborhood, where heavily tattooed musicians rub shoulders with the upwardly mobile and the down on their lucks, Ketner is evolving. Her many fans, including the people who used to request her table at Hotel Charlotte and now ride the nursing home bus to see her, hope she, and her little neighborhood restaurant succeed. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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    DAVID T. FOSTER III - dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
    Letty Ketner delivers an order to the patio of Letty's on October 27, 2013. For 30 years Letty Ketner worked in other peopleÕs restaurants. From waitressing at Hotel Charlotte to running the kitchen at a nursing home, she always followed the safe path. Now Ketner, 58, has taken on the biggest risk of her life. Her restaurant, LettyÕs, will mark its first anniversary in December. Like this east Charlotte neighborhood, where heavily tattooed musicians rub shoulders with the upwardly mobile and the down on their lucks, Ketner is evolving. Her many fans, including the people who used to request her table at Hotel Charlotte and now ride the nursing home bus to see her, hope she, and her little neighborhood restaurant succeed. David T. Foster III-dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
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