I’m of the impression that any Aberdonian over the age of 20 recognizes this as a restoration of past glory: Scotty’s is back… with all four flying saucers!
Scotty’s opened in 1962 at Main and 8th Avenue North. When the breeze is right, I can smell their burgers from my backyard. A dinner guest told me last night that Scotty’s was the place to go for lunch when went to high school at Old Central—real Central, in the center of town.
In 2009, new owners renamed the joint Daddy’s. I don’t think anyone in Aberdeen liked that name. Even my wife, who had no prior nostalgic associations with the diner, found the name Daddy’s a bit creepy.
Local restaurateur Stacy Gossman bought the diner last year and announced that he would bring back the old name and the old sign. And today, there it is.
Aberdeen breathes a collective sigh of relief… and takes a collective detour around the ill-timed reconstruction of North Main right in front of Scotty’s. The city is repaving Main between 6th and 8th. If you’re coming from downtown, you’ll have to take either Kline or 2nd Street up to 8th Avenue North, then come across.
Of course, a Rebel Burger is worth the detour. (Burger Trivia: the Rebel Burger is evidently named for late KFYR radio personality “Ol’ Reb” Jack Fisher.