May 23rd, 2012
Ruthie’s restaurant continues to deliver family, faith and food
Floyd Johnson, Lila Holley and Thomas Holley, the owners of Ruthie’s Restaurant in New Windsor, NY, which now features a brand new menu. Photo by/SHONDU
New Windsor - Family. Faith. Food. These are the words etched in the emblem of Ruthie’s Country Style Cooking Restaurant, located at 42 Windsor Highway (Route 32) in New Windsor, NY, where they are serving up some of the best soul food in the area. These are the same words owner Lila Holley says helped her survive 22 years of active duty service in the United States Army.
Holley returned to the area in December 2011 to help run the family-owned restaurant after retiring from the Army as a Chief Warrant Officer Four specializing in the field of Military Intelligence. She came home with her husband Thomas, a Mount Vernon, NY native who himself served 21 years on active duty, and their 8-year-old daughter, Jaida.
Holley credits her family’s support of her career choice for her success in the military. She was especially grateful that her family was able to travel to Fort Knox, KY to attend her retirement ceremony in November, 2011.
“I was fortunate enough to have my family travel with me at various points throughout my military career, so it is very special to me that they’ve traveled to Kentucky for this momentous occasion,” Holley stated during her farewell speech at her retirement ceremony on November 18th. Holley’s mother and her four youngest siblings lived with her while she was stationed in Georgia, Colorado, Kansas and overseas in England. She really wanted to show her family that there is a big world outside of Newburgh, and the military allowed her to do that.
“It has always been a dream of mine to own a restaurant,” says Holley. “When my dad made it a reality, I knew coming home was the only option for me when I retired from the Army.” Holley’s father, Floyd Johnson, is the owner of Ruthie’s. For Holley, operating a restaurant is a big change from what she did in the Army.
Holley admits she’s a hugger and greets regular patrons at the door with a friendly smile and a hug. “I am very grateful to our wonderful customers who continue to spread the word about how great the food tastes,” she says. While the food is great, many customers would likely say that Holley’s demeanor makes the experience at Ruthie’s that much more enjoyable. Whatever the reason, the team at Ruthie’s Restaurant is truly appreciative of the continued support from the community.
Ruthie’s Restaurant serves an all-you-can-eat buffet on Fridays from 4-8 p.m., Saturdays from 2-8 p.m. and Sundays from 2-7 p.m. Ruthie’s new hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., while being closed on Mondays. Ruthie’s Restaurant recently debuted a revamped menu featuring new items such as Ruthie’s hearty breakfast sandwich, caesar salad with chicken, triple decker sandwich, and meatloaf with gravy. They’ve also added Family Meal Deals that consist of Ruthie’s Smokin’ Spicy BBQ Ribs and Delicious Down-Home Fried Chicken. Despite the rising costs of food and gas, Ruthie’s Restaurant has kept their prices reasonable. Ruthie’s Country Style Cooking Restaurant is a great place for families because it is truly a family-owned and operated restaurant. To learn more, give them a call at 845-563-0507.