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The Rabbit Hutch

From: Big Shed Audio
Series: Place + Memory
Length: 07:49

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Have you ever eaten Fried Rabbit? Barbecued Rabbit? Rice with Rabbit Gravy? They were standard fare at the Venz Rabbit Hutch Restaurant in Logan, Alabama. But food was only only the beginning of the Rabbit Hutch experience.

Venzrabbithutch-sqish_small For 15 years, the Venz Family operated The Rabbit Hutch Restaurant in the hamlet of Logan, Alabama, where they served fried and barbecued rabbit--rabbit they raised themselves.  If you made it for dinner at the Rabbit Hutch, the Venz family would be sure to serve you showtunes with your home-grown dinner. We revisit this lost american treasure through the memories of former customers and the former owners, along with archival tape. 

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For 15 years, the Venz Family operated The Rabbit Hutch Restaurant in the hamlet of Logan, Alabama, where they served fried and barbecued rabbit--rabbit they raised themselves.  If you made it for dinner at the Rabbit Hutch, the Venz family would be sure to serve you showtunes with your home-grown dinner. We revisit this lost american treasure through the memories of former customers and the former owners, along with archival tape. 

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Broadcast History

Originally aired on NPR's Weekend Edition on July 18, 2009.

Transcript

:00 [Archival Tape] [tape hiss sneaks under the host] Fred Jr. says: “Well, good evening everybody, welcome to the rabbit hutch, here in beautiful downtown Logan, Alabama. I hope everybody’s enjoying their food, we’ve got a special treat for you. Ann Venz coming up here for you. If everybody you would, lets give a nice, warm, Rabbit Hutch reception for Ms. Ann Venz.” [applause fades under]
:15 Ann: I am Ann Venz. My husband is Fred Venz Senior, and we opened the Rabbit Hutch Restaurant and ran it for 16 years.
:23 Customer (Stewart): I’m Stewart Jackson, and …
:25 Customer (Reggie): And I’m Reggie Holder.
:26 Customer (Stewart): It was a small place. I remember the organ and the cash register seemed to be right next to each other (laughs)
:31 Customer (Reggie): She cooked the rabbit. And then he served it. And then she made her way to this … hamilton or wurlitzer organ....
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Additional Credits

Production assistance from Selena Simmons-Duffin and Sarah Jessee.

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http://www.placeandmemory.org