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Posted in Announcements & Events, Route 66, on 9 October 2016, by , 0 Comments

img_0592Often referred to as the ‘Mother Road’ for its status as America’s oldest highway, the famous route will turn 90 this November. For many years it was a driving force for tourism and, whilst only sections of the original road remain, this symbol of the American Dream still inspires minds all over the world.

First constructed as a way to create a network of roads across the country, Route 66 was the first highway of its kind in the US. It became a household name when it hosted a long stretch of the Trans-American Footrace, popularly known as the ‘Bunion Derby’, a 1928 race over 3,423.5 miles from Los Angeles to New York City.

The road, perhaps surprisingly, profited greatly from the Great Depression, when government funds were used to build roads, and paving was completed in July 1937.

The end of World War II saw a boom in the car industry as well as a surge in holidaymakers traversing the route. Towns providing fuel, food and the iconic motels, sprung from the roadside as Route 66 became a huge source of income for the settlements that lined it.

However, with increased popularity came unwelcome peril and the lack of a central reservation led to monikers such as Bloody 66 and Death Alley.

Historic-El-Rancho-Grande-Mexican-RestaurantWhen the Federal-Aid Highway Act was passed in 1956, it was the beginning of the end for Route 66. The towns that had proved so lucrative through the glory years became abandoned and impoverished. In 1985, the AASHTO approved the Route’s decertification, and it seemed headed for oblivion.

That was until Angel Delgadillo, a business owner in Arizona, known as the ‘Guardian of Route 66’, campaigned for its survival. Thanks to his efforts, travelers can still get off the highway and drive along sections of the road today.

In fact, all along the route locals are bringing its original character back to life with great success. Nostalgia-ridden fans can stop in at attractions from Chicago and St Louis to Albuquerque and Santa Monica, with exhibits and events to celebrate the legendary road.

“…Now you go through Saint Louis, Joplin, Missouri, and Oklahoma City is mighty pretty. You’ll see Amarillo, Gallup, New Mexico, Flagstaff, Arizona. Don’t forget Winona, Kingman, Barstow, San Bernandino. Won’t you get hip to this timely tip: when you make that California trip, get your kicks on Route sixty-six.”

For more information on the events and stops along Route 66, head to the Historic66 website.

Source: http://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/tripideas/in-photos-americas-oldest-highway-is-about-to-celebrate-its-90th-birthday/ss-BBwJIof?li=BBnb7Kz

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Posted in Announcements & Events, In the News, on 25 May 2016, by , 0 Comments

click.e3.tripadvisor.comTulsa, OK – 5-25-2016 – El Rancho Grande Mexican Restaurant today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses that have earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience.

El Rancho Grande owner, John Walden, says, “We have people from all over the world stop in as they travel Route 66 to eat and take a photo of our famous neon sign. We have four generations of family members as regular customers. It’s a thrill to receive the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor.”

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honors hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travelers,” said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travelers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travelers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travelers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

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TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors, and 350 million reviews and opinions covering 6.5 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 48 markets worldwide.


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Posted in Announcements & Events, Blog, Route 66, on 15 June 2015, by , 0 Comments

el-rancho-grande-tulsa-3Tuesday is T-Shirt Tuesday at El Rancho Grande Mexican restaurant! Answer the weekly challenge question on our Facebook page and you’ll be entered to win a FREE t-shirt.

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Check out our weekly winners:

6/16/2015 Amanda Teague

6/23/2015 Tracy Gardner

6/30/2015 Terry Teague

7/7/2015 Camille Speir

7/14/2015 Diana Le Riche Sarver

7/21/2015 Ken Hill

7/28/2015 Bill Powell

8/4/2015 Lavender Pink

8/11/2015 Melanie James-Lawson

8/18/2015 Jamey Zuniga

8/25/2015 Camille Hammons Hoverter

9/1/2015 Linda Rash

9/8/2015 Debra Smith

9/15/2015 Julie Sorrels

9/22/2015 Kennedy Johnson

9/29/2015 John Spiegel

10/6/2015 Melinda McCoy-Crouch

10/13/2015 Bryan Harjo

10/20/2015 Cody Grigsby

10/27/2015 Sharon Fox

11/3/2015 Ashley Ennis

11/10/2015 Cheryl Robinson

11/17/2015 Morgen Hickey

11/24/2015 Cara Bass Palmer

12/1/2015 Laurie Hearne Reed

12/8/2015 Brian Young

12/15/2015 Clarice Hoover

12/22/2015 Terry Baxter

12/29/2015 Angie Carpenter Pyle

1/5/2016 Billie Billups

1/12/2016 Leslie Davis

1/19/2016 Arlie Snow

1/26/2016 Leann Montgomery Manes

2/2/2016 Steve Sawyer

2/9/2016 Shannah VanHoose

2/16/2016 Kyle James

2/23/2016 Neil Dirickson

3/1/2016 Becky Clayboy Wyse

3/8/2016 Carol AnnGirty

3/15/2016 Brian Young & Debbie Lewis

3/22/2016 Rebecca Thomas

3/29/2016 Bill Runk

4/5/2016 Bob Knickerbocker

4/12/2016 Taryn Renee

4/19/2016 Greg White

4/26/2016 Elizabeth Smith Curtis

5/3/2016 Lou Ann Walker

5/10/2016 Chris Turner

5/17/2016 Anita Thomas Busby

5/24/2016 Michael Sherwin

5/31/2016 StanBarrett

6/7/2016 Linda Dellinger

6/14/2016 Kyle Epps Alfieri

6/21/2016 Lois Cordes

6/28/2016 BJ Hobsen Mullen

7/5/2016 Michael Sherwin

7/12/2016 Lesli Crawford

7/19/2016 Emarie McFarland

7/26/2016 LeeAnn Kemo Clark

8/2/2016 Sarah Gaza

8/9/2016 Jacki Reese

8/16/2016 Diana Hight

8/23/2016 Terry A. Baxter

8/30/2016 Alan Daggs

9/6/2016 Shelia Hanson Sellers

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Posted in Blog, In the News, Pearl District, Route 66, on 28 February 2015, by , 0 Comments

By Mark Brown, This Land Press

Eighty-one-year-old Chris Rhodes has been eating the same thing in the same restaurant for 71 percent of his eating life, give or take a mouthful. Seldom does a restaurant get old enough to even claim such a customer. Rhodes has been eating at El Rancho Grande since his father, also Chris Rhodes, and Ed Hieronymus, his law partner, were kicking courtroom-ass and taking names.

“For a long time, it was Rhodes, Crowe, Hieronymus, Holloway & Wilson,” said Rhodes. “Then it became Rhodes, Hieronymus, Jones, Tucker & Gable.” To reiterate, Chris Rhodes the Younger, older than Elvis would have been had he eaten fewer fried banana sandwiches, has been eating cheese enchiladas since Rosa Parks’ arrest, since the first chill of the Cold War, since the first transistor radios, since the first screening of Oklahoma! Exclamation point.

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