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The diners seated around them will hail from all corners of the planet, with prime seat- ing out on the sidewalk or on a patio located between the res- taurant and Chesterton Square leading to the new Rockefeller's OPENIN FRESH GLOBAL VIEt : ANT oc !< e-t=e I I e ! Eyeing the crowded street packed with cars from Jani- King's Gulf States headquar- ters on the corner, and other downtown businesses, Saul Ru- bio acknowledged the problem of limited parking. He said the wait time for lunch will be decreased, mak- ing for quick turnaround time, while extolling the laid-back nature of downtown Ponchatou- la where a stroll to and from an automobile adds to the ambi- ence of dining out. A bit later while surveying the back of the restaurant, Ru- bio said he will negotiate leases of available property for the parking spaces the new Rock- efeller's will require. Inside, the new owner em- phasized what will remain from the previous dining experience, such as the huge painting in the main dining room depicting an elegant banquet scene, includ- ing a portrait of the father of previous owner Dr. Bob Ben- son. Rubio said the basic bar area will remain unchanged, "a great place to gather after work." This is the location in the storied building where the late Bob Troyer's law office was first located. Adjacent to the bar in the new Rockefeller's will be the new sushi bar with granite high-top tables. "I want this to be the nicest place with the best food, with music to suit the meals being served, drawing diners from not just Madisonville and Spring- field, but from New Orleans and beyond. People from New Orleans love to come up here. I intend to advertise Rockefeller's nationally. "I had intended to make this a Mexican restaurant but Mi Patio is doing a great job," said the native of Queretaro in cen- tral Mexico. He said he looks TQLILA forward to the opportunity to work with his partner in Rocke- feller's, Jon Wong, of Trey Yuen and Cate Street Seafood fame. "Jon Wong has great ideas. I have known him for 14 years. He ~s my mentor. It was a privilege for me that they wanted to do business together," said Rubio who says the two have grown so close, "My brother says I should switch my name to Wong." PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 30th YEAR ~ L 3 NUMBER 51 trance. ~:~ Where once there was the ] ]tchen, there will be expanded !ning space. Shock is what you would feel you stepped inside the popu- lar restaurant today. And with everything familiar stripped away, to the walls, stainless steel sinks and dishwashers and steamer units and salad serving islands lined up waiting for re- deployment, you would need a guide to make sense of it all. The perfect guide is co-owner Saul Rubio. a longtime friend and an accomplished restaura- ~aUr who owns or co-owns seven Carreta restaurants, the Adobe restaurant in Hammond, and in partnership with Jon Wong, Rockefeller's. Rubio says that Rockefeller's will be his "dream restaurant," the one he has always wanted, and on a walking tour of the gut- ted restaurant building (where The Ponchatoula Times got its start in an office room rented from Breathe Easy Oxygen Supply which had the building back in 1981) Rubio painted his vision of the new Rockefeller's. He started his tour in the front of Rockefeller's, point- ing to a new sign in the win- dow with the prominent words "Fresh," "Global," and 'Vibrant" summing up his vision of the new Rockefeller's. "We will have fresh seafood and vegetables. The menu will be beyond fusion, truly global, Asian and Mexican predomi- nantly, but not necessarily mixed. The atmosphere will be vibrant, and I want my waiters to be proud of that. Indicating the front of the building, Rubio said the ex- isting entrance will be moved ~round the corner, to the south- ern side, where a new patio will be constructed. There and in the front of the building there will be tables set up for outdoor dining. Flower gardens will be planted to soften the sidewalk scene. 50 CENTS Ribbon cut on Caf NOLA A fine assemblage of friends, politicians, Chamber officials and family members turned out to formally open Caf~ NOLA for business in the new South Oaks shopping center. La Secretary of Agriculture Mike Strain, State Rep. Steve Pugh, Police Chief Bry Layrisson, and Chamber President Dr. Karen Carter joined Mayor Bob Zabbia in cutting the ceremo- nial ribbon. The popular restaurant has initiated a series of charity dinners to benefit worthy local groups and causes. (Times Photo) Get your free U.S. Constitution at The Times By BRYAN T. McMAHON In her annual celebration of Constitution Week (September 17-23) 21~t Judicial District Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks is again giving away free copies of the U.S. Constitution in booklet form through The Ponchatoula Times' main office at 145 West Pine Street. In addition to the Constitu- tion, the free booklet contains the Declaration of Indepen- F Pugh addresses Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club Pictured with Kiwanis President Dianne Crim, Rep. Steve Pugh was the featured speaker at last week's meet- ing of the Kiwanis Club. (Times Photo) ~s Report Rep. Steve Pugh detailed the accomplishments of the recent legislative session, especially benefits to Ponchatoula that were hard-won in a tough economy, in a speech to his fellow members of the Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club, with his son Stephen Pugh in attendance and sharing the head table. for new sidewalks and drainage in the city." '~his year we will have 'only' a $300 million deficit. Pugh praised his good rela- tions with Mayor Bob Zabbia and gave a glimpse of improve- PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 5 '"We were faced with a $1.6 billion deficit last year, yet we resurfaced Pumpkin Center Road, funded Port Manchac, made a $6 million payment to the 1983 flood victims. We were able to fund the new Ponchatou- la water tower and find money dence, fascinating facts about the Constitution, the founding fathers, important dates in the nation's history, 20 landmark Supreme Court cases, a listing PLEASE SEE PAGE Florida Parishes Bank latest to help fight cancer Purple birds flocked to the Ponchatoula branch of Florida Parishes Bank, dispatched by the Relay For Life team field- ed by Jani-King to raise funds to fight cancer. Shortly after this photo was taken the birds were sent to another donor in this innovative drive to raise money for a great cause. (Times Photo) By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator You do know that Strawberry Queen XL aka Brooke Per- rin, is a sweet Saintsation - as if we needed another reason to watch the game. What a team! And now Queen Brooke shim- mying and shaking all over TV. You go girl! Who Dat! Who Dat! John Dudek, you cover the burly men in black and gold, I've got sweet Brooke (Thanks for the heads up, Jeff Wright). He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know." -- Abraham Lincoln I believe you should rest these remaining days of September because October is chock-a-block with all kinds of events, my favorite being Alligator Day at Klieberts to start the month. "In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." -- Charles, Count Talleyrand Arden, maybe next time, before you take on the sheriff, his wife, and his entire family, you might wantto make sure the taxman has been paid, and all the enemies you have made are resting quietly in their graves. Okay that last one is im- possible, I agree, but the taxman? "A modest little person, with much to be modest about."-- Winston Churchill Guys, you missed any chance you might have imagined you had winning the hand of Ponchatoula's most beautiful human girl, Caitlin Fulmer, who did the bride stroll between the abbey seating at Rosaryville this past week. The Miss you missed is now a Mrs. It seems like only yesterday she was a bright and beautiful scholar at Magnolia Montessori School.. "I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -- Stephen Bishop If you are going to get on Mayor Bob's nerves, do try to avoid the sciatic nerve, it's already taken (ask him). Ah the Irish and the English... "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend .... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second.., if there is one." -Winston Churchill, in re- sponse The Ponchatouia Time~ - 145 We~t Pine St. - P.O, Box 743 - Ponch=itouta, LA 70454.074: - edit6~l iooChalouia.co~ K ,: . : ...... :: , : : : : : : t