Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Cafe Christ

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2007 at 2:47 PM

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In the God-is-everywhere tradition of Bongo Java's Nun Bun and other such holy apparitions, White Trash Cafe owner Lynn Batey has spied Christ between two panes of Plexiglas at his 6-year-old restaurant. Sure enough, in a window above a mop sink in a back hallway, there is what appears to be the tortured torso of the crucified Jesus.

"It's a little spooky," says Batey, who first saw the unmistakable likeness when a customer pointed it out to him. He adds that he hopes the tongue-in-cheek tone of his meat-and-three restaurant doesn't make anyone think he's making fun of Jesus. "Because I'm a Christian," he adds. Though with the economy and the weather, he does feel like his business is being crucified lately.

"I don't believe in coincidences," Batey says. "I believe coincidences are signs of God trying to tell you something." Exactly what God is trying to say in this case Batey's not sure, but he hopes it might draw a little attention to his business, and help him take the Cafe to the next level. It wouldn't hurt to have a catchy name, maybe "Mop Sink Messiah," "Cafe Christ" or something along those lines. Any suggestions?

The White Trash Cafe is located at 1914 Bransford Ave., 383-0109.

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