Good news! Rico now has a new restaurant, which opened this past weekend and this created quite a stir in town.
The name of the restaurant is Dew South, and the proprietor, Danny Holcombe, is the father of the family. Scott, his son, is the chef, and his daughter-in-law is the one who wears all the other hats. They are experienced in what they do best, and they do the best! They are from Georgia and have some recipes we seldom have an opportunity to try. Besides a menu of comfort food that we all require, they offer the mouth-watering, etouffee which is made of shrimp, crawfish, the Southern style andouille sausage and creole sauce. Also, you might want to try the salmon croquettes or black bean roasted corn turkey chili. Our Rico residents enjoyed a real celebration at the grand opening, and so did the Holcombe family. Now that we have an establishment offering lunch, I would rather go out than cook!
Because of the snow covering the area every other day or drizzling sleet and rainy slush, food has been quite scarce for our winged friends, the black headed grosbeak, finches, the gregarious jays, black birds and the larger bullies such as the magpies and crows. It is also a bit surprising that our two little hummingbirds are managing to hold out through this uncomfortable time for the birds.
Mike Curran of Hot Springs, Ark., and Rico is back for the summer and found his lawn in perfect condition, which surprised him because sometimes when they finally get here, the landscape looks badly in need of some TLC. Anyway, it is good to see him again after the long winter.
Carole Rychtarik, a member of the womens club and the museum and all that good stuff, and a member of the old-time Rychtarik family, which has been around for a few decades, is back from Tucson and has the fireplace fired up and the furnace chasing the chill out of the house.
By the way, Patrick Curran plans to deliver his book (that we have been mentioning) to the publisher this week. It is all about Rico, and there will be chapters that might remind some of our old-times about the good old days while they lived up here during the 1950s and the 60s!
Marcy Snelling Hallstrand, former resident of Rico, and her daughter Patsy Young stopped on their way to doing the San Juan Skyway loop to visit some friends. It is no small wonder when you really know that you have a real forever friend on this good Earth.
By the way, I want to send a hello to someone special back in Illinois, Cryiss and Mike Cruit. Hope all is going well for you!
Marlene Hazen has lived in Rico for two decades. An active member of the community, she participates in organizations such as the Rico Womens Club and Rico Historical Society.