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|Ray's PeGe brings decades of good taste to WM|
For decades folks from all over northeast Louisiana have devotedly driven miles to taste one of Ray's PeGe's signature subs soaked in brown gravy.
Starting Oct. 1, people in West Monroe won't have to drive as far for one of those famous subs because PeGe's will officially open the restaurant's second location. It will be located in the former Roxy's restaurant on Cypress Street. PeGe's Monroe location will continue to operate as if nothing has changed.
Kevin Taylor and his wife Teresa, who have owned Ray's PeGe for the past three years, say they will open PeGe's West Monroe location at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. Business hours will be 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Taylor said Ray's PeGe will hold a grand opening party for the community on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Ray's PeGe serves about 600 to 800 people per day through in-house dining and it's take out window at its Monroe location on DeSiard Street.
Taylor knows many of the restaurant's customers in Monroe are West Monroe residents who have for years wanted a Ray's PeGe in their city.
Taylor is excited to finally offer that to West Monroe.
"Without exception we have not had anybody who thought this was a bad idea, or thought it wouldn't work," Taylor said. "The excitement from the community is very high. People have said it's been years coming."
"We have a lot of customers from West Monroe and we're excited to give them the option they have requested for so many years … having a Ray's PeGe in West Monroe," Taylor added.
Longtime Ray's PeGe employee Michael Rodriguez will run the West Monroe location for the Taylors.
Rodriguez started working at the restaurant when he was 15 and anyone who frequents Ray's PeGe knows him, Taylor said.
"He has been with the Pierce family (the original owners) for the better part of his life," Taylor said. "He's an extremely capable man, and I don't think we could have done this without him."
Familiarity is the key to Ray's Pege's success.
That and the gravy.
"It's all about the gravy," Taylor said. "The gravy is what makes us different from what anyone else has to offer."
Ray's PeGe has on numerous occasions won Delta Style's Taste of the Twin Cities award for best po-boy.
The West Monroe location will offer the same menu as the Monroe location, and the restaurant will be adorned with memorabilia from local schools.
The Taylors also are in the process of naming one of their items the Rebel burger, named after West Monroe High School's mascot. They have to get approval from West Monroe High School first.
"Our intent is to incorporate our business with the local high school and the community like what we do in Monroe," Taylor said. "We'll still be based on the old school mentality of doing things … we're just taking the same operation and moving it over here. We're going to keep it the same as the one in Monroe."
Teresa Taylor is a 1994 graduate of West Monroe High School. One of the reasons the Taylors wanted to open the new location in the former Roxy's restaurant is because of its proximity to the high school.
Johnny Johnson, who has been involved in the local restaurant and real estate scene for years, owns the property where the new Ray's PeGe will be located.
"I am just so happy they are coming to West Monroe," Johnson said. "It's the place to put it … right in the middle of West Monroe near the high school."
"They are good hardworking people," Johnson said of the Taylors. "I am just pleased to get them here. I'm just jumping for joy because it's going to be a plus to West Monroe."
One advantage the West Monroe location has over its counterpart is the former Roxy's facility is much bigger, so more people will be able to dine at the restaurant.
The Taylors plan to keep the restaurant's signature "walk-up window," but the one in West Monroe will be located at the back of the restaurant. They'll pour asphalt over the rear concrete and provide extra security lighting in that area for late night take-out orders.
Taylor says he is looking to hire residents from West Monroe, and he plans to do as much of his business for this location within the city.
"We're going to try and make this a West Monroe company in everything we do," Kevin Taylor said.