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New location for an old favorite

Rattler's Bar B Que has moved to Centre Pointe Marketplace.

Posted: March 27, 2008 3:21 a.m.
Updated: May 28, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Rattlers' co-owner Mary Harrigan and general manager, Travis Histings, sit inside the restaurant's bar in their new location in Centre Pointe Marketplace.

 
How does Rattler's Bar B Que restaurant celebrate 20 years of being in business?

With a move to a new location, numerous charity events, menu specials and even uniquely decorated cowboy boots.
Rattler's recently found a new home at Centre Pointe Marketplace in Canyon Country, just a few miles away from its original spot on Soledad Canyon Road.

Co-owner Mary Harrigan described the new location as "really beautiful" and "updated."

Although the Golden Valley Road restaurant offers the same space for customers, Harrigan said it now has a patio and bar.

Additionally, the menu has expanded and specials will be added to commemorate the anniversary.

In an effort to give back to the community, Rattler's is organizing a fundraiser April 20-26 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

The event has a special meaning for Harrigan, as her nephew was diagnosed with the condition at 7 months old.

Additionally, in May, Harrigan said they hope to gather all of the former servers for a "retro night" charity event.

With a new location, Rattler's has also undergone a facelift by redecorating the restaurant to look new while still incorporating a western feel.

Along with the updated look, artist Celeste Korthase turned 25 ordinary cowboy boots into works of art.

The boots, which dot the restaurant's booths and tables, each represent their own theme, Harrigan said, adding that they have become "conversation pieces" among the customers.

A Rattler's family
The Rattler's concept has led to the creation of two other popular restaurants: StoneFire Grill and Wood Ranch.

Ofer Shemtov, who initially started Rattler's with his cousin, Kaduri, opened the first Wood Ranch restaurant in 1992, according to Harrigan.

In 2000, StoneFire - originally Wildfire - opened in Valencia.

"Rattler's gave birth to StoneFire," Harrigan said.

Although all three restaurants focus on a barbecue theme, they vary as Harrigan, owner of StoneFire, said StoneFire was designed to offer a casual setting and a more varied menu when compared to Rattler's.

Along with the Rattler's restaurant family tree, the two decades have allowed workers and customers to develop bonds.

"I'm proud of the history of Rattler's in terms of the family that was developed," Harrigan said, noting the family feel of a restaurant is a "rare" find.

Cindy St. John has worked as a server at Rattler's since 1988, months after the restaurant's initial opening.

"It's really been a pleasure seeing them grow into what they are today and being part of that," the Saugus resident said.

"The servers have changed a bit," she said while reflecting on 20 years, but added, "There's still is a sense of family."

The Rattler's server explained that employees have always helped each other out in times of need.

Linda Lopez has spent 17 years at Rattler's.

Although she initially applied for a job at Rattler's to support her friend, Lopez said she ended up getting the position and soon ended up enjoying her years at the restaurant.

"It's very family," she said.

Even as people left, Lopez said employees have managed to stay in contact, noting that the men and women who work at the restaurant are "a bunch of brothers and sisters."

The new location for Rattler's is 26495 Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country.

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