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R.S. Jones in Merrick has just turned 20. In honor of the milestone, co-owners Margaret Mueller and Carole Olkoski will celebrate Nov. 3 starting at 4 p.m.with an evening of live music and lots of reminiscing.
It was back in 1993 that Mueller, the manager and Olkoski, the chef, first launched the casual Western-Southern spot originally called Rattlesnake Jones. They had to change its name in 1995 because of a trademark issue. But what hasn't changed very much, said Mueller, is the crew — most of whom have been around since opening day.
At the anniversary celebration, the featured band will be the Biscuit Kings, described by Olkoski as playing “foot-stomping” music. John Gelinas, former chef of The Bayou in Wantagh and Big Daddy's in Massapequa, is the group's main man. “He's been a mentor to us over the years,” said Mueller.
Anyone who comes to the restaurant that night with an original Rattlesnake Jones T-shirt or other memorabilia will receive a free Stampede, a rum punch drink. Mueller added that there will be plenty of giveaways and door prizes, too.
About the food: Order a la carte from the regular menu, which, except for the prices, is pretty much the same as it was when the restaurant first opened.
Space is limited, so if you want to reserve a table, call soon.
R.S. Jones is at 153 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 516-378-7177, rsjones.com.