Suzie Cook, co-owner of Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof, inspects the "T" sign Friday after it was knocked down.
...In the 16 years John and Suzie Cook have owned the Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof, they've accumulated some wild stories.
said the 20-foot wooden sign was put in 16 years ago.
husband are discussing what to do with the sign.Cook
said the T has been through fierce wind before.
"In the middle of winter we'd watch the thing wave back and forth and said, 'It's going,' but it never has," she
"It's so sad, because it's been there so long," Cook said."I can't believe on a beautiful day like this that it's gone."Cook
was on a "bun run" to buy supplies for prime rib night at the Big T when the storm struck.Harvey and others from the bar who had seen the blowing dust from the window called Cook
and told her what happened.
said LaFleur plans to continue all the traditions the Big T is known for, but patrons are bemoaning the change of ownership, nonetheless.
Of course, when the Cooks bought the place and moved up from San Diego, the bar regulars griped then about the "rich Californians," she
The Cooks had been visiting the area for years and decided on a whim to buy the Big T, without doing any research on it.
"It was the stupidest business decision ever made in your life, but it turned out to be the best," Cook said.
John Cook owned carpet stores in California and Suzie
had tended bar and waitressesed before, but they had no experience running a bar.
"We just figured we spent so much time drinking in bars that we could run it," Suzie Cook
"We have the best group of people here," Suzie Cook