Thursday, May 8, 2008
Memories of Yellow Submarine
In the early 80's I lived in the Benton-Stephens community of Columbia along with probably another couple of thousand MU students. This was an area of old houses divided up into multiple apartment units. Landlords could get more bang for their buck because it was within walking distance of the campus. Well anyway, on Ripley St. there was a small building; I don't know what is was originally but it housed a restaurant called Yellow Submarine where you could get a pretty good sub sandwich. It was decorated with scenes from the Beatle's movie of the same name and the restaurant had a run down look with a few seats. I remember the big gas heater that hung from the ceiling, like those you would see in garages and warehouses built years ago with baffles and a fan. Overall the place was handy for a quick meal, the prices were right and it was located right around the corner from where I lived.
One day I was walking home from class when a friend asked me what did I think of the explosion the other night. I had no idea what he was talking about and he informed me that the Yellow Submarine burned down after a loud explosion. Fire trucks kept neighbors up that evening but I had slept right thought the incident. I remember hearing on the news that it may have been a natural gas leak that sparked the explosion and I thought of that old gas heater that hung from the ceiling. It was too bad, a good restaurant only five minutes away was gone. I walked by the burned out building on my way to work one afternoon and thought of the character from the Mork and Mindy show, a white robed guy named Exedor, who would announce "Time for a sandwich!" I would not be getting one from this place anymore.