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Truckee community sees return of a familiar face

Mike Thompson/Sierra SunBilly McCullough and Dick Howell of Dragonfly stand behind the bar Wednesday afternoon. McCullough brought Howell, former owner of OB's, on as general manager at Dragonfly last month.
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TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; About a year ago, a familiar face disappeared from the downtown restaurant scene.

After 39 years, Dick Howell shut down OBand#8217;s Pub and Restaurant in May 2008, closing the doors on the restaurant that brought locals back downtown, acted as the de-facto town hall and hosted many community events over the years.

But now heand#8217;s back, managing another familiar restaurant and#8212; Dragonfly Cuisine.



and#8220;I needed a new general manager, and there were a lot of choices out there in this economy, but when I stacked him (Howell) up against everybody else, I couldnand#8217;t pass up his experience, knowledge of downtown Truckee and his customer service,and#8221; said Billy McCullough, owner of Dragonfly. and#8220;And weand#8217;re very like-minded in being community members, not just businesses.and#8221;

Howell said he suffered through 13 months of health issues before coming back to work, and is excited to be back downtown again.



and#8220;I really enjoy being back and#8212; I really missed this relationship with the community,and#8221; Howell said.

Starting in June right as the summer season started to ramp up, Howell said he has hit the ground running.

and#8220;He brought people in the door right from the start,and#8221; McCullough said. and#8220;Weand#8217;ve focused on the food for so long, Dick brings attention to the front of the house and customer service, he had a great following at OBand#8217;s that never came to Dragonfly, and now theyand#8217;ve followed him here.and#8221;

Thatand#8217;s good news, considering the state of the economy, Howell and McCullough said.

and#8220;This economy has effected everybody, and in a lot of ways we are hit as hard as anybody in a tourist area,and#8221; Howell said.

McCullough said a lot of people are still going out and#8212; just not spending the same amount of money.

and#8220;We had our May special and it was our second-busiest month, it shows people want to go out but they want value,and#8221; McCullough said. and#8220;The number of people coming out is as strong as ever.and#8221;

Another reason McCullough said he hired Howell was his community involvement and#8212; hosting meetings and events for local groups, and even providing space for the burgeoning town before they had a town hall.

and#8220;Dick has always been one of my heroes for his community spirit,and#8221; he said.


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