Written by: Kate Konopka
When my son Zach submitted his scholarship essay to the Greene County Historical Society on the History of Reds this past December we had no idea that the more specific theme of his essay would carry such an eerie ring to it just a few short months later. He begins the essay with this quote: "Success is not final; failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.¨ (Winston Churchill). He credits the "couragous entreprenuerial spirit that embodied each of the four eras of ownership" for giving Reds the esteemed title of the oldest independently owned and operated restaurant in Greene County, in continuous operation since 1944. Zach goes on to illustrate throughout the essay that "each owner’s ability to recognize and adapt to changes in the social, economic, and political environments allowed them to progress and innovate in ways that set Reds apart from other restaurants in the region, and helped to secure the longevity of the restaurant through each transition of ownership. Every owner faced obstacles and unforeseen circumstances that impacted the business in sometimes unexpected ways, but ultimately their commitment to explore, evolve and persevere not only helped them to survive, it has helped define what Reds is today."