Chapman: Food variety on the way
I hope you join me in welcoming our new friends to the community as they work hard to transform the former Cornerstone Cafe into authentic Mexican restaurant Rancho Grande. I felt at home when I walked in the building the other day. David Serrato is still a month away from opening the restaurant, but my imagination took over and the smell of fresh ingredients and sizzling meats came back to me.
We chatted in a mixture of English and Spanish and I was reminded of many summers of my youth spent working with some great Latino amigos. I couldn’t get enough of the food and my co-workers appreciated the interest, often bringing extra food for me to sample at lunch. (My offer to trade peanut butter and jelly was respectfully declined.)
Rugby sure isn’t hurt by an increasing variety of dining options, and what better than an authentic ethnic addition? Serrato, wife Bella Rizo and friend Aaron Bingham plan to offer the best traditional Mexican fare in miles. Don’t think of that faux-Mexican stuff Paradiso slaps on plates; think fresher ingredients and true family recipes.
Stop in or take a minute to welcome the group, if you see the newcomers around town. Welcome in Spanish is bienvenidos!
Can Legion baseball return?
On page 12 of this week’s Tribune, you will find a reprint of a 50-year-old article detailing the Rugby Junior American Legion baseball team’s state title. Rugby was a baseball town!
This summer was a bit odd as it was the first of my three in North Dakota not covering American Legion ball. I talked to a variety of people from coaches to American Legion leaders to parents. Interest doesn’t appear to be what it was 50 years ago, but a few parents expressed a desire to see the program return. We do live in a different time with more opportunities for kids and more people taking plenty of relaxation time away from town while it’s warm.
That said, there was a healthy number of young baseball players in the city this summer. The boys from Towner account for some of the best players on the Rugby High School team. It may be time that leaders, organizations and businesses from both communities see what can be done to revitalize baseball, and that means exploring a return of Legion. The community stands to gain from having a Legion team again. It’s a great way for our youth to honor our veterans. Home games will bring people from other towns to spend money in Rugby. Residents of our own area will have another form of summer entertainment and a team to take pride in. Hopefully, we’ll have the vets out on the mound reading the American Legion Code of Sportsmanship once again.
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