There has been much discussion lately regarding the new location for Yesterdays, with some positioning it as a beer garden that would bring in a loud and boisterous element. This is inaccurate and disappointing, since Yesterdays has served as what sociologist Ray Oldenburg called a “third place” (a place that’s not home, not work, but plays an active role in your life) for much of the community for decades.
Yesterdays is that place that we Warwickians go to when we need to get out and be amongst each other in a safe, welcoming environment. When the power goes out, as it has during large storms in recent years, John and Peg fire up a generator and welcome in the community for a warm meal. When the snow is blowing, they’re making sure that the snow plow drivers have a warm meal and a cup of coffee to keep them going. When we want to throw birthday and anniversary parties for our friends and family – including my in-laws who both recently turned 75 – Yesterdays serves as a location that we can bring everyone from the grandkids to the seniors to for something to eat, something to drink, and an amazing dessert to end the meal.
I’m sure there will be members of the community who have another restaurant or pub that fills this place for them, but for hundreds of members of the Warwick community, Yesterdays is a home away from home that is supportive of and vital to the community. I hope the Planning Board and other members of the community give it their full support so that John and Peg can continue to grow upon the welcoming community they have built in the center of our town.