I experienced a moment of great joy on my homeward commute today. The Sugar Shack, aka Rainbos, aka the Palmyra alternative to Subway, is re-opening soon under new management. This time as a Mexican restaurant, La Palmas.
I’m of two minds about this. On the one hand, I fear for any restaurant that attempts to serve “real food” in that building, as it’s a remodeled bungalow. To say that it doesn’t exactly have a commercial-grade kitchen is being pretty generous, no offense to those who’ve admirably attempted to make a go of it there. I think Sugar Shack lasted as long as it did because they stuck with what they could execute well–soups, sandwiches, salads and frou frou coffee.
On the other hand, I would LOVE to have a decent restaurant in town, and I adore Mexican food. There is another restaurant in town besides Subway and the local pizza joint, but I swore I’d never go back there after they received a “C” from the health department this year. I’m sorry–there’s just no excuse for that. You know they’re coming! The fact that they now have an “A” just means that they managed to clean up their act for one day for the follow-up inspection.
Regardless, this is just more confirmation of my theory that Mexican restaurants are becoming like Methodist churches: there’s no town too small for one.