George Hotel, Poppy restaurant carry on Bush 41's name

Published: Dec. 7, 2018 at 11:05 AM CST
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Our 41st president's name will live on in many places in College station. The Texas A&M Bush School of Government and Public Service instructs students, and the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum educates visitors.

But there's another, newer spot in College Station that carries George H.W. Bush's name.

Outside, the marquee bears his name, but inside the George Hotel, the gift shop bears his socks.

"Mr. George H.W. Bush loves his socks and all they represent,” said Lydia Godfrey with the hotel. “It's a fun little conversation piece, and now our guests can purchase them while they're here."

If the socks are George's, the books are Barbara's: 10,000 books from around the state about the state make up the state flag.

“We decided to dedicate this wall to Barbara Bush after her passing as an honorary thing to her and her literacy efforts,” Godfrey said.

It's one of the most popular attractions at the George, and online too.

“You can find this all over Instagram, Facebook, Twitter,” said Godfrey.

While the George Hotel is named for a handful of famous Texas Georges, Poppy restaurant next door is just for Bush 41.

“[Bush] was given the nickname ‘Poppy’ when he was in college at Yale University,” said Chanté Smith, “We've been told by one of his granddaughters that came into the restaurant one night that the only person who called him Poppy still was Barbara.”

There are tributes at the bar.

“We have 41 wines, white wines, which was his favorite, by the glass,” said Smith.

On the menu, too.

“We've been told that he loves pork, so we have a delicious Iberico pork cheek,” Smith said.

On the logo as well.

“[The logo is] kind of in a handwritten font,” said Smith. “He was known for his handwritten letters and notes.”

And, on the feet of their servers.

“Part of their uniform is to wear the crazy socks,” Smith said. “Just another little touch that we've tried to do.”

Two businesses meant to make us smile and remember the president that adopted Aggieland.

“Their memory will live on forever here,” Godfrey said.

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