"C'mon, let’s go for a walk.”
It’s the Friday morning of all-star weekend, and Jon Cooper is on a quest for one of those breakfasts that doesn’t cost much money, fills you to the gills and plays havoc with your cholesterol. Looking down at his phone to get his bearings, he receives a brush from a university kid on a power scooter. “They just ordered 1,800 of them in Tampa,” he says. “They’re a nuisance.”
After changing course a couple of times, he settles on a spot called Peanuts Deluxe Cafe on San Fernando Street across from San Jose State University. It’s a place that really isn’t so deluxe but has a ton of ambience and character, where people are drinking beer at noon on a Tuesday. It reminds him of the dive bars he likes to frequent, places like Shale’s Cafe in Pittsburgh and...
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