Keeping a tradition alive: Skeeter’s reopens in Wytheville

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It’s a local staple brought back to life.

After three long months ⁠— Skeeter’s in Wytheville has reopened under new management, but they say it’s a classic remix combining the old with the new.

“New ownership, new management, but same old Skeeter-Dog,” said General Manager David Clark.

The home of the Skeeter-Dog was packed for the afternoon lunch crowd. The red stools were filled with people waiting for their hotdogs and Baby Coke.

“The tradition here with the classic pink hot dogs, that’s something we are striving to keep alive,” said Clark.

Dating back to 1925, Skeeters is a Wytheville staple. It’s a place for many that bring back a ton of memories.

“My case, it was my parents, after I would get off from preschool, we would walk down here, get a Skeeter-Dog and then walk right back to their office up the street,” said Clark. 

“I used to sneak out of high school for lunch and come down here for lunch, eat real quick, then go back to class and then I got expelled for skipping school,” said Freda Timmons.

Timmons, her son and his family all bellied up to the counter. Three generations enjoying a tasty tradition.

“Small town history,” said Timmons.

“I was born here, in Wytheville, my family moved away when I was almost two, and every year that we come back. I just always come so I’ve been here with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents,” said Todd Wampler.

Newcomers, who were there to make new memories, also made their way into the restaurant.

“To me, life is about those little things, those little moments in life and this is one of those important moments,” said Bill Dobbs.

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