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Charles Dowell, 84; owned restaurant touted by Andy Griffith

Snappy Lunch and Charles Dowell (right) were known for their fried pork chop sandwiches. Mr. Dowell became the sole owner of the North Carolina restaurant in 1960.

Susana Raab/new york times/file 2005

Snappy Lunch and Charles Dowell were known for their fried pork chop sandwiches. Mr. Dowell became the sole owner of the North Carolina restaurant in 1960.

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — The owner of Snappy Lunch, a Mt. Airy, N.C., restaurant made famous by ‘‘The Andy Griffith Show,’’ has died after an illness.

Charles Dowell died Tuesday. He was 84.

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Mr. Dowell was known for his ‘‘World Famous Pork Chop Sandwich’’ and for the many years he stood cooking the pork chops while tourists watched through a window.

Griffith’s TV character, Sheriff Andy Taylor, once recommended Snappy Lunch as a nice place to take a date.

The restaurant opened in 1923 inside a former post office building and provided lunch for mill workers and students at nearby schools. Mr. Dowell started working there in 1943. After buying out his partner, he became the sole owner in 1960.

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