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An Englewood restaurant remembers Queen of Disco Donna Summer

An Englewood restaurant remembers Queen of Disco Donna Summer

By Julie Salomone. CREATED May 17, 2012

ENGLEWOOD- Susan Atamanchuk, owner of the Lock 'N Key restaurant on Manasota Key still remembers the first time the five-time Grammy winner came into her restaurant.

"One of our servers recognized her, but did not know exactly who she was so they went up to her,
teasing with her just joking around, and then Donna Summer said I'll give you a hint, I work hard for my money," said Atamanchuk.

That first visit to the restaurant was nearly 6 years ago, but Susan says Summer stopped by the restaurant whenever she stayed at her Englewood home. Donna and her husband had a home on Manasota Key and the restaurant was a place she could go with no pressure to sign autographs.

"We wanted her to feel comfortable here and she did we never bothered her with that," said Atamanchuk.

Employees at Lock 'N Key, quickly learned Summer was much more than a famous face.

"If somebody noticed her and quite a few times people did notice her she was so gracious, so very humble, she was modest, and so very sweet," said Atamanchuk.

Summer's death at just 63, came as a surprise to Susan who had been a fan of her music for decades and didn't even know the singer was sick.

"It broke our hearts. She was a legend,a sweet person," said Atamanchuk.

On Thursday night, a band at the restaurant sings Summer's 1979 hit which still gets people dancing, decades later and it brings back some favorite
memories.

"We had a band here on a Friday night and they were playing her song Last Dance and she came shimming down the bar. It was just awesome. I couldn't believe she was here," said Brett Barber, Lock 'N Key.

Now Lock 'N Key remembers a legend with a big voice and an even bigger heart.
 

Summer died from lung cancer in Naples.

Julie Salomone

Fox 4

jsalomone@fox4now.com