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Argyle eatery a taste from the past

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Beyond the rooms filled with assorted antiques in The Peddler’s Emporium and behind the shelves of Tyler candles stands a door with an old-fashioned viewer.

Tap on the door and it opens to Prime in Argyle, a steak house with a 1920s Speakeasy style – complete with waiters wearing fedoras, ties and other ‘20s styles and bearing memorable nametags like Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker.

The combination restaurant and emporium sits at 409 South U.S. 377 in an unassuming building in Argyle where residents are flocking for the chance to taste the tantalizing prime cuts of meat prepared by the skilled hands of longtime chef Corbett Bacon.

“We took an old building and repurposed it,” said the owner’s husband, Steve Hamel. “I’ve seen people drive around looking…but it’s a speakeasy. They have to find us.”

One item on the menu, a rib eye charbroiled with just a touch of salt and pepper, comes paired with a salad, baked potato and, by the owner’s suggestion, a side of mushrooms and garlic cloves in wine sauce.

“It’s going to be the best you’ve ever had,” Hamel said just before the meal was served. He was right.

The delectable entrées are but a few of those available for lunch and dinner in the darkened back rooms complete with ‘20s music and a laid back atmosphere inviting diners to linger.

Whether ordering a “to go” meal or waiting to be summoned for a seat inside Prime in Argyle, spend a few minutes to linger inside The Peddler’s Emporium. Snack on artisan cheeses from Yancey’s Fancy or grab a Dublin soda.

Wander through the side room to see everything from sports memorabilia to gemstones to Depression glass and more – all purchased by Hamel, who handles estate sales.

The restaurant became reality when Hamel learned the building included a commercial kitchen.

The speakeasy style fit the mood of the building, the antiques and a community hungry for a unique dining experience.

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