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Rice Paddy Restaurant, 732 Front Street (Georgetown): Spring 2015   6 comments

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I was in downtown Georgetown a few weeks ago, having taken a refrigerator part to the very far edge of town and looking to eat al-fresco on Front Street. I had a nice Italian lunch on the sidewalk and then decided to walk around for a few minutes.

I was very surprised to see the Rice Paddy Restaurant closed. This old building, almost across the street from the burned out area of the Georgetown Harborwalk, has been a local fixture for as long as I can remember. In the event, I can only recall eating there once, probably back in the late 1980s. The memory is hazy, but I think it was quite good, but rather fancier than my usual spots.

For now, the web site is still up, and still shows a 2014 award. This Yelp page suggests that it must have closed in or before May 2015.

Written by ted on November 4th, 2015

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6 Responses to 'Rice Paddy Restaurant, 732 Front Street (Georgetown): Spring 2015'

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  1. This has nothing to do with the Rice Paddy Restaurant but I'm going to tell the story anyway.
    I was friends with a retired Colonel that did two tours in Vietnam.
    He told me a story about when he was a Lieutenant Colonel in Viet Nam back in the late 60's. It was late at night and his platoon was camped out next to a rice paddy.
    He had to take a crap (or is it leave one?) He went and squatted at a dike next to the paddy.
    One of his troops could only see the Lt. Col's. head sticking up above the dike as the Colonel was taking care of his business.
    The troop on guard duty, thinking the Colonial was a gook, as he described it, peaking over the dike, opened up on him with a 50 caliber machine gun. The Colonel said the bullets were eating away at the dike as he hit the dirt laying in his own poo. The Colonial, yelling at the top of his lungs finally got the troops attention and the firing stopped, the guard on duty yelled "Colonel, is that you?"
    The Colonel said "Hell yes, stop fricking firing, I'm trying to take a crap". Funny now, not funny then.

    Rick

    4 Nov 15 at 5:46 pm

  2. The Colonel also told me when they were on, or doing recon, he would send a Private out to take "Point".
    Point was when one troop would walk about 100 yards in front of the rest of the platoon just in case they ran into an ambush. If the Viet Gong fired on the troop the rest of the platoon knew to take cover. I said "What about the poor Private?" He said "It's unfortunate but, we had plenty of more Privates". He also said that was one of the most difficult parts of his job, picking a person to take point, because he knew the chances of survival were slim.

    Rick

    4 Nov 15 at 6:03 pm

  3. Downtown Georgetown hasn't been the same since that massive fire wiped out a couple city blocks a couple years ago. The paper mill smell has also gotten worse I believe.

    Dustin

    6 Nov 15 at 9:18 am

  4. My mother in law's sister lives in Georgetown.
    When we visit, the smell from the paper mill is always present.

    Rick

    6 Nov 15 at 10:28 am

  5. I'll bet the people in Georgetown say the same thing a family friend says about his chicken houses. "Smells like money to me."

    JBL

    10 Nov 15 at 11:14 pm

  6. The smell is much diminished these days. Mostly you don't smell the paper mill at all unless the wind is coming from the wrong direction.

    ted

    11 Nov 15 at 12:37 am

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