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PETE TITTL: Welcome back, Narducci's

Old Town Kern is a pretty quiet place on the dining scene lately. Sure, there’s Luigi’s for lunch and Wool Growers always lures them in, but Noriega’s moved to the southwest and when we drove past Arizona Cafe early on a Saturday night recently, they had those metal security screens pulled down early.

Thankfully Narducci’s Cafe has reopened to add some punch to that side of town. And it’s another feel-good story about America as a former dishwasher has taken over the shuttered business with the cool bar and dining room. Our first impression was solid, even if the service was way too casual.

Pete Tittl's Dining Out column appears in The Californian on Sundays. Email him at pftittl@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter: @pftittl.