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Dikadee’s Front Porch is really gone now

Though the restaurant is long gone the green-roofed building on East Independence will always be Dikadee’s Front Porch to me. Their menu reminded me of the old White Horse*offerings: stuffed baked potatoes, salads, sandwiches and quiches. But bulldozers are making a meal of the building -- which has been home to a number of businesses -- and it will probably be gone in a few days. I don’t know if another building will take its place or if the demolition is part of the road widening project. Either way, I invite you to take a look at the slideshow and enjoy this excerpt from an Observer review. After hearing co-workers rave about Dikadee’s Dannye Romine wanted to see for herself, especially that peanut butter pie.

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Nat King Cole assaulted in Charlotte?

Have you heard that African-American singer Nat King Cole was assaulted when he came here to do a show? Several people have asked me if it’s true and ... my research shows it didn’t happen. However, Cole was brutally beaten at a 1956 Birmingham, Alabama show which had a direct effect on his scheduled appearance in Charlotte. (It also caused a career hiccup for local radio man Robert D. Raiford.) Click through the slideshow to see how!

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Park n Shop letters come down

The letters are going to the Black Dog Salvage company and will be included in an upcoming episode.
mdavid@charlotteobserver.com
Park n Shop letters come down 2:18

Park n Shop letters come down

Brown Mountain Lights caught on camera? 0:38

Brown Mountain Lights caught on camera?

N.C. man unearths prehistoric spear points 2:09

N.C. man unearths prehistoric spear points

Mummy mystery 0:38

Mummy mystery