, Muskogee, OK

May 14, 2013

Chamber Notes: Chamber, owners celebrate Fajita Rita’s new locale

— On May 8, the Fort Gibson Chamber of Commerce, Fajita Rita’s owners Rene and Maria Corral, and family and employees held a “Grand Opening Ribbon-Cutting” at their new location off U.S. 62 and Scott Street.

After 14 years at their old location on East Poplar Street, they are excited to be in their new restaurant to continue to serve the residents of Fort Gibson, as well as the surrounding area, with their great Mexican dishes and hospitality.

Actually, Fajita Rita’s is a Corral family-owned group of restaurants, currently in both Fort Gibson and Broken Arrow, and at one time in Muskogee as well.

Maria says that they started in the restaurant business in Houston before moving to Oklahoma.

Present at the ribbon-cutting were Steve Clinkenbeard, Budo Perry, Denise Bain, myself, Maria Corral, Luke Parker, Kelly Nichols, Gaby Chavez, Jennifer Beaver, Jackie Corral, and Sydney Murray.

Absent from the ceremony was owner and chief cook, Rene Corral, who was home sick. The offer was made to postpone the event so Rene could join us, but Maria told us all to proceed. We wish them much success at their new location. Based on the daily crowds, that won’t be a problem for them, as they are open daily for lunch and dinner.

Speaking of Fajita Rita’s, our Weekly Chamber Luncheons are being held there for the month of May. Come join us at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.

This past week we had a great group: Mark Young, Justin Young, Cheryl Hill, Kathy Perkins, Lisa Clayton, Carol Milligan, Rhonda Lee, Tonia Cooper and myself. Again, we will be there each Thursday throughout the month of May.

The big news for the coming week is our sixth annual Historic Golf Tournament at Pecan Valley Golf Course on Saturday.

Being the Historic Golf Tournament doesn’t mean it is just for old people — the four-man scramble is open to all ages, both male and female.

The tournament will get started at 8:30 a.m. in shotgun form, and the price is only $200 per foursome.

The entry fee provides 18 holes of golf with a cart, an official T-shirt, lunch and other prizes and surprises.

We will also award cash payouts to the top foursomes, along with “Closest to the Pin” and “Longest Drive” awards.

Two “mulligans” will be available for each player for the fee of $5, and company hole sponsorships are also available for those businesses that want to get their name out on the course for all the players to see.

Several teams have already signed up, but you can register your team the morning of the contest as well. We look forward to a great day of golf and fun.

One final word about the 19th annual Car, Truck, & Motorcycle Show scheduled for June 14-15.

Friday evening features the burnout and loud pipe contest and cruise, all taking place alongside the Phillips 66 station at Lee Street and U.S. 62, while the actual showing of the cars, trucks, and motorcycles are on Saturday in downtown Fort Gibson.

Saturday also features great cruisin’ music from Chris Mann and both food and merchandise vendors.

We also have live entertainment, prizes and giveaways, and a “free space” auto swap meet area.

This is always a great family event that brings some of the best rides to our area.

There is no admission fee for any of the events, and we will have bleachers set up for the Friday night happenings.

If you want to enter a vehicle in the burnout or loud pipe contests entry fee is only $10, with cash and trophies for the winners.

To enter a vehicle in the car show, entry is $20, which includes a dash plaque, and chance for trophies and other prizes. Don’t miss this great annual event.