In cricket, a century is a score of 100 or more runs in a single innings by a batter.
One hundred seasons are more than the TV shows Law & Order, The Simpsons and Dr. Who combined.
It’s also the legacy-in-counting for Mike Linnig’s Restaurant (9308 Cane Run Road), which has been serving seafood to Louisvillians since 1925, the same year as Calvin Coolidge was in the Oval Office, Bessie Smith’s song The Saint Louis Blues was a top-selling recording, and F. Scott Fitzgerald published his novel The Great Gatsby.
It’s snowing as I write, and the prospective reopening of Mike Linnig’s is a beacon of good times on the horizon, even if we probably won’t be sweating outdoors for a while.
In 2015 Krista Walker wrote about Mike Linnig’s in StyleBlueprint’s Louisville edition.
Mike Linnig’s not only has its own history, but one it shares with many people who grew up in the area. Starting in the 1950s, my grandparents spent their Friday and Saturday evenings at Mike’s Place with friends. Soon, that became my father and his sisters, spending their evenings eating then playing with their friends around the playground and soon around the levee, while the adults socialized and sipped on a few beers. My dad recalls the finer details about Mike’s Place though, the crunching gravel pathways (now concrete) and the hanging yellow string lights that glowed. His memories of Mike’s Place are fond and abundant, as I’m certain everyone’s are who spent their childhood growing up around the same gravel paths, hanging lights, good food and great company.