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May 25, 2014

Dishing it out

Galley Girls serving up good food for a good reason at VFW

By DAVID MAY

What do you when you have a commercial-grade kitchen and a large dining area not being fully utilized?

You start cooking.

The Galley Girls – better known as Dora Calderon, Fran Downs and Ingrid Crawford – are serving up delicious burgers, sandwiches and other lunch fare weekdays at VFW Post 2399, located in south Mineral Wells at 1400 S.E. Veterans of Foreign Wars Street, north of the Old Millsap Highway and MH 379 intersection. They are open weekdays, noon-2 p.m.

They also hope to serve up community support with each meal purchased, as proceeds will go toward the VFW post’s various community service projects as well as helping support groups and events outside the VFW.

After opening in April, things have been a little slow other than during some special events at the post. This Monday, following the annual Memorial Day 11 a.m. remembrance service at Woodland Park Cemetery, the Galley Girls will be serving barbecue brisket platters with all the trimmings, tea and a dessert for just $5 a plate. Serving starts at noon.

They are also open on Monday’s Bingo nights at the post to provide food and refreshments for the card-stamping players. They also make special snack platters for the post’s club to make sure those sipping adult beverages have something else in their bellies.

“We wanted to do something for the (VFW Women’s Auxiliary) club so we decided to open up the galley and call ourselves the Galley Girls,” said Downs, who operated a restaurant in Fort Myers, Fla., when she and her husband and VFW Post 2399 Veterans Service Officer Lee Downs lived there.

“We want to raise money for the VFW and whoever we want to give money to,” Fran Downs said. “If someone needs something, we will try to raise the money for them.”

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