by William Needham Finley IV™

Old School Foster’s Cookout

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My heart skipped a beat when I saw the title of the Facebook invitation. It read “Old school Foster’s cookout”. I immediately had flashbacks to the NDF (Nelson’s Dance Floor), parking lot band parties, Chris the bartender, and so much more. I miss Foster’s every single day. Every time I see news about a new Harris Teeter, or Starbucks moving out of Harris Teeter and across the street, I start to come up with wild conspiracy theories that result in Foster’s returning. It turns out this is a party and cookout at the new Red Cup Bar & Arcade, located at 2910 Hillsborough Street.

Red Cup is Raleigh’s newest barcade concept that mixes a traditional bar with classic arcade games, air hockey, pinball, skee-ball, and Hoop Fever, which is the best game ever. Co-owner Ralph Nelson, who brought us Foster’s and Nelsons (aka Mecca), has not commented on whether they will have a Nelsons Dance-Dance Floor Revolution game available.

To reminisce about Foster’s and celebrate the new venture, Red Cup is holding a cookout this Saturday at 5:00 pm. Kids and dogs are welcome. While it isn’t the return of Foster’s, we shouldn’t lose hope that there will one day be a glorious reopening of that icon in Cameron Village. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.

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