Rainey’s holds triple celebration

September 4, 2010, marked three significant reasons for Rainey’s Corner to celebrate. Exactly a year earlier, the Independent covered  the grand opening of Rogue Meats, whose Executive Director, Travis Ellis, beamed as he delivered the update.  “I’d like to thank all the customers and citizens of  Sams Valley Area for making Rogue Meats such a success,” he said.

This year, on Rogue Meats’ first anniversary, Ellis announced he’ll also be providing meats for the newest sit-down or take-out eatery–Rainey’s Corner Deli. About a decade ago, that small section of the grocery market housed a Taco Bell Express franchise. Extremely successful for six years, the fast food stand had attained the enviable status of being in the top five percent nationwide, observed Rainey family member Chloe Ellis. But, a sweeping arbitrary corporate decision, Taco Bell’s closure of  all its “express” outlets, left an unexpected temporary void for Rainey’s lunch customers.  Other local entrepreneurs filled that  gap for a few years, but since March of 2010, no eating facility has been available at the location..

In response to public demand,  this popular family business’s proprietor, Bobbi Rainey, spawned an idea to open the breakfast and lunch resource. “Our food is homemade from scratch,” Travis Ellis said. “We hired Valerie Burns three weeks ago to manage the deli.” A life-long resident of the area, Burns typifies expertise quickly evident in her fielding of questions, handling of  food orders, and accommodating customers’ needs. “If  regular patrons are on brief  lunch breaks,” Burns said, “they can phone 541-826-3185 ahead; their orders will be waiting for them to eat here or take out..

The menu selection includes waffles, sausage or bacon sandwiches, breakfast burritos, or biscuits and gravy from 6 to 11 a.m. For lunch–ham, turkey, pastrami, tuna, or roast beef piled high on white, wheat, sourdough, rye or hoagie roll with a variety of condiments  and cheeses that rivals the chain stores, and costs an affordable $3.75. For an additional dollar, Burns offers  the choice of  a generous side dish–coleslaw,  potato, or macaroni salad. She also features a daily special. “Lunches are  available until 3 p.m. We’ll probably expand our menu and our hours as demand requires,” said Ellis.

The grand opening date coincided with yet another Rainey’s corner anniversary. “It’s been four years since our farm and feed store opened,” Ellis continued. “Chloe’s also having a one-day  Purina truckload sale to commemorate that.”

The versatile and energetic Rainey family team retains optimistic reasons to  regard September 4th  as meaningful to their future.  
By F. C. Blake
Of the Independent

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