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OUT TO BRUNCH; BLEAKEST OF DAWNS HAILED IN PJ'S.

Byline: Romy Jacobson Daily News Staff Writer

Fuzzy slippers and robes were the proper attire at the Downtown Bistro and Cafe in Lancaster on Thursday during the seventh annual Morning-After Pajama Party.

Anyone dressed in pj's received a 50 percent discount on their brunch.

``We needed something that would be fun to do as a thank you to our guests,'' said cafe owner Mitch Frieder. ``I thought this would be an unusual way to get people to relax.''

Residents who dressed up like Elvis and crooned out a tune by ``The King'' received a free brunch. Restaurant patron Karen Christy, accompanied by Doug Horspool on acoustic guitar, sang ``Can't Help Falling in Love'' for an appreciative crowd.

``It went smooth,'' said Christy. ``This is the first time we played together. I just met Doug.''

On Jan. 1, 1995, the Bistro was flooded with pajama-toting patrons. An Elvis impersonator saved the day by entertaining the crowd for 2-1/2 hours in an effort to make the long wait for bunch a little more pleasant, according to Frieder.

``He saved my life that day,'' said Frieder who incorporated Elvis into the annual event in 1996. ``Without him I would have had a terrible fiasco.''

Lancaster residents Peggy and Jim Scanlan passed on impersonating Elvis and simply enjoyed their brunch in pajamas.

``It's fun to see everybody in their slippers and robes, plus you do get half off your meal,'' said Peggy. ``I would pay full price to see everybody like this.''

``It's a neat way to start the year off,'' said Jim. ``You roll out of bed and roll right to breakfast. Then you go home and watch reruns of the Rose Parade.''

The Morning-After Pajama Party became a new family tradition this year for Rod and Sharon Washington, their daughter, Wendy Wedlund, and their 5-year old granddaughter, Amber.

``This is great, isn't it,'' said Rod. ``We're going to do it every year from now on.''

``Everybody is just super-friendly,'' said Sharon. ``It was a little strange getting gas on the way.''

``It's great if you have a hangover after partying all night,'' said Wendy who partied until 2 a.m. and came to brunch wearing fuzzy, brown bulldog slippers.

The staff seemed to have as much fun dressing up as the customers, according to Denita Butts, a busgirl.

``I think it's really wonderful - the atmosphere,'' said Butts. ``I also enjoy working here and serving the community.''

``People have such a good time,'' said waitress Ginger Davis, dressed in a Tweetie Bird night shirt. ``I wish I was a customer.''

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PHOTO (1 -- color in AV only) Attired in her Elvis pajamas, customer Eva Harrison of Lancaster begins filling her plate at the Downtown Bistro and Cafe in Lancaster.

(2 -- color in AV only) A Downtown Bistro and Cafe patron snaps a photo before the cafe opens Thursday.

John Lazar/Special to the Daily News
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Karen Christy (Member): The Karen Christy in this article was not the Playboy Model Karen Christy 11/17/2009 2:25 AM
Just to set the record straight. The Lancaster resident & local music recording artist, Karen Christy sang and preformed an Elvis song at this event. The Karen Christy that performed and sang at this event is not and has never been a playboy model. Somebody...got their info wrong.

There is a Playboy model with the same name but she was not the Karen Christy attending this event.

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