Derrick Fraley, manager at Mother Rucker’s, cuts the cake for the fifth anniversary celebration of the restaurant. (Photo by Nathan Pfau)
Published: January 21, 2016
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (Jan. 21, 2016) -- A local hot spot on Fort Rucker celebrated its fifth year in business and held an anniversary party to thank its guests for their patronage.
Mother Rucker’s rang in its fifth year of operation with cake, coupons and free giveaways to any and all who ventured through its doors Jan. 15.
“This is our fifth anniversary and we’ve been doing very well providing some great service to the Soldiers here who we support wholeheartedly,” said Derrick Fraley, manager at Mother Rucker’s. “People seem to enjoy us here, and we just love having them here and supporting everything they do for us.”
During the celebration, servers were on hand to give away free shirts to patrons as they walked through the door, cake as they sat at their tables and coupons for free appetizers that they could enjoy throughout the night. Patrons were also able to take advantage of food and drink specials throughout the night, said Fraley.
“We just really want to say ‘thank you’ to them,” he said. “I feel like our purpose, above anything else, is to support our Soldiers. They need to have a place that is kind of like a home away from home, and we’ve got a nice facility and we do our best to take care of it, the Soldiers, as well as all the patrons who come and see us.”
The facility boasts multiple large-screen TVs mounted on the walls for people’s viewing pleasure, as well as pool tables, a full menu and plenty of seating to keep people entertained throughout their visit.
Jane Dreggs, military spouse, said she always enjoys visiting Mother Rucker’s with her friends as a way to melt away the stress of the day.
“I like to come out here with my friends and just have a good time after winding down from the day,” she said. “We all come out here, get some food and just talk for hours – it’s a great time.”
“I think it’s great that they’re here to support our husbands and us,” said Lacy Harding, fellow military spouse. “There aren’t usually too many places you can go out to have a good time on posts, but this is one that we really enjoy. It’s a great place to come out and hang out with friends without having to go off post, and coming in today and getting some free cake and shirts doesn’t hurt either. It just makes me glad to have a place where my friends and I can get together and wind down.”
For some, like 2nd Lt. Joseph Smith, B Company, 1st Battalion, 145th Aviation Regiment, Mother Ruckers is a place where he gets to hang out with his friends and have a break from a hard days work, while being reminded of why he joined the service.
“I really like it here,” he said. “I joined the Army to get into Aviation, and they’ve got a great atmosphere here with all the Aviation memorabilia on the walls. It really gives a sense of inclusion and makes you feel like you’re a part of something bigger.
“I think it’s great that I can come out here with some of my buddies and play a little pool and get a bite to eat,” he continued. “You really can’t beat having a place like this on post that we can come to and hang out, and they’re good people here – they keep us out of trouble.”
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