Earlier this month one of Germantown's most famous neighborhood bars reopened. Just a week before the Germantown beer walk, its doors opened once again, after a devastating fire had forced it to close for about a year. Patrons from the past came from far and wide to celebrate its much-awaited rebirth. The Old Hickory Inn has been a neighborhood landmark for as long as I can remember. My father went there in his youth and my mother used to tell us of how her grandfather used to frequent this spot.
A little over a year ago it was charred by a fire of unknown origin, but the immediate call for renovation by the neighborhood folk that spent their hard-earned dollars there was clearly heard. I couldn't believe it when I first heard the news about the fire, and as the months passed by and the doors to this establishment still hadn't opened, I found myself reminiscing on the times that I had spent there. Sure, it was a bit dingy, with walls stained by the smoke cloud that hung around the heads of the smoking and non-smoking patrons, and most every appliance in that place could have used an update, but that's what also drew me to it. It had character, years of use under its belt, and it drew a blue-collar crowd. I can respect that, because that's honest and down-to-earth. If you're ever in the neighborhood and have a thirst for a cold one and need to sit back and unwind for a little bit, then be sure to stop by the Old Hickory Inn. You'll find it on the corner of Lydia & Hickory at 1038 Lydia Street, right in the heart of Germantown-Schnitzelburg.