About Us – A true story
In the late 1970’s, one young teenager got a job in a busy restaurant in Huntington Beach California. He worked in many capacities at the restaurant, but his love was cooking. In the years he worked there, he learned to love the business of serving the public. Little did he know, but his stint at the restaurant was just a way to put himself through the Fire Academy, where he learned to serve the public in a different way.
He graduated from the Academy in 1983 and was hired on with the Palm Springs (CA) Fire Department in 1984 and was quickly assigned to kitchen detail. Using his kitchen skills he learned in the restaurant, he immediately gained the trust of even the saltiest of veterans (at least as far as meals were concerned). Knowing that his love for the restaurant business still lingered, he kept his dreams alive by “knowing” one day he would own a restaurant.
The opportunity came to life one day while floating in the pool sipping a margarita with his girlfriend Jayme. While the firefighter and Jayme floated, they shared common dreams of owning their own restaurants. In fact, the two met in a great little restaurant as Jayme served the fireman and his friends some good food and cold beers. They quickly discovered that they would make a great team in business as well as life.
After discussing goals and dreams, the couple felt confident that they could fill hungry bellies full of good “firehouse” type food and they purchased a vacant restaurant in June of 2001. They (and lot’s of their friends) built a new kitchen and remodeled the place all summer and opened their doors six month’s later. Well, here we are.
We only use the freshest quality ingredients in our food and take great pride in providing you with “Firehouse-style comfort food”ROC
There’s hardly a day that goes by when you won’t see either (usually both) Jayme or her favorite fireman working at the restaurant. The items on the menu are best described as excellent yet inexpensive, casual, abundant and “fireman friendly”. You see, firemen love lots of good food that they don’t have to pay a lot for. Too many meals have been left on the kitchen table while the firemen answered emergency calls, so the cheaper the better.
Many items are tried and true favorites of the fire station. All of our soups, sauces and dressings are homemade. We only use the freshest quality ingredients in our food and take great pride in providing you with “Firehouse-style comfort food” right down to the hand formed crab cakes to hot pastrami sandwiches and fresh Crème Brule.
Don’t hesitate to bring the kids either. We’re a family friendly place with a kids menu that they’re sure to find something they like. You may even notice some Firemen and Policemen enjoying lunch or dinner, many times interrupted by emergency calls. By the way, my name is R.O.C., short for Roland Otto Cook. I’m the lucky fireman with Jayme as my girl and partner.