Summer dining: Red Rooster

QUENTIN ROUX
Q@MISUNTIMES.COM
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Many restaurants fire up their grills and griddles as the sun begins to set, but eateries like the Red Rooster are all about culinary action when dawn lights up from the east.

Run by Anne and Hoot Rudolph for the past four years (and some change), the breakfast and lunch nook is situated at the Shops of Marco, and come December of this year will have been in business for five years.

The couple previously ran a deli in the site where Chase Bank now sits, and named their new restaurant in honor of a rooster which used to hang out in the shrubs and bushes. Henry was his name, and a good Samaritan a couple of years back relocated him to a Fort Myers farm when it because evident Henry's "yard" was in jeopardy.

"We named the restaurant after him, and also because we like the Blue Heaven in Key West, which has roosters and chickens mingling with the customers," Anne Rudolph said.

She and her husband stop short of having roosters and hens mingling at the Red Rooster (code, y'know), but the interior theme of the restaurant has wall-to-wall posters and paintings of roosters, and one special photo of Henry taken by the Sun Times, which documented his particular story starting back in 2010.

Rudolph said she and her staff look back now on an exceptional winter season just passed, but remain open throughout the year except for a couple of weeks in September.

"Every day we have a lot of locals coming in," she said.

The menu's big for a relatively small place, and includes traditional breakfasts such as eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, French toast, Belgian waffles, omelets, scrambles and skillets. Lunch munchers should look no further than an assortment of salads, sandwiches, wraps and burgers, and overall prices run between just under $5 to around $12 for items such as shrimp po' boy and shrimp 'n grits.

"For summer, we have a few Mexican specials," Rudolph said, highlighting the first in the series – a Torta sandwich (with either chicken or steak) along with fresh fruit and a sumptuous salad.

Rudolph said her favorite part of being a restaurateur is mixing with people.

"I know this sounds like a cliché, but people are very nice … and also complimentary if they have a nice time here," she said.

Hours throughout the year are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the contact number is 394-3100.

Web address is www.redroostermarco.com. Anything on the menu is also available as take out.