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From KYphotoarchive.com: Wheeler Pharmacy’s lunch counter, 1985

The breakfast crowd at Wheeler Pharmacy, 336 Romany Road in Lexington, Oct. 8, 1985. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff
The breakfast crowd at Wheeler Pharmacy, 336 Romany Road in Lexington, Oct. 8, 1985. Photo by Frank Anderson | staff

The breakfast crowd at Wheeler Pharmacy, 336 Romany Road in Lexington, on Oct. 8, 1985.

A gathering spot since it opened in 1958, the drugstore serves breakfast and lunch. It has a faithful contingent of morning coffee drinkers who settle the affairs of the world. Other regulars include UK basketball coaches Jon Calipari and Matthew Mitchell.

The lunch counter was installed by owner Buddy Wheeler as a place where people could have coffee while waiting for their prescriptions. “At first we featured cold sandwiches and ice cream treats,” he said in a 2002 interview. Thanks to its ­popularity, “We expanded in 1965 and doubled the size and added a grill.”

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