Roger That!: Green Cove Springs diner gets new name, energy

By Don Coble don@claytodayonline.com
Posted 8/3/22

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – One of the most-iconic diners in Green Cove Springs changed its name, appearance and menu last week – all with the blessing of the prior owner.

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Roger That!: Green Cove Springs diner gets new name, energy

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – One of the most-iconic diners in Green Cove Springs changed its name, appearance and menu last week – all with the blessing of the prior owner.

Roger That! Wings and More celebrated its grand re-opening last Saturday, marking the end of Ronnie’s Wings and Oysters’ 24-year run in the heart of the downtown area.

Although new owners Mallorie and Nate Dippy bought the restaurant seven months ago, they picked July 30 to show off their newly-remodeled eatery.

“We named it ‘Roger That!’ after my grandfather,” Mallorie said. “Today is his birthday, so that’s why we waited to officially change the name.”

County and city officials joined an overflow crowd of residents for the celebration. They were greeted by freshly-painted walls, new flooring and fixtures and a fresh menu.

Mallorie Dippy welcomed customers with a short comment ahead of the ribbon-cutting.

“When I think about my Papa, Roger Zebulan Lentile, I think about hard work, pride and integrity,” she said. “He only did a job one way – the right way. And that is the spirit we intend to honor his name with.

“These last seven months have definitely been a whirl-wind mix of excitement, sometimes panic….but mostly joy.”

Former restaurant owners Van Royal (Crooks Restaurant) and Ronnie Munsey (Ronnie’s Wings) were at the ribbon-cutting. In all, they ran a restaurant at 232 Walnut St. for the past 27 years. Both said they were enthused and impressed with the newest generation eatery.

“I am flabbergasted,” Munsey said. “What they’ve done here is incredible. We needed new energy here. The restaurant business is very transitory. I had it for 24 years. Oddly enough, they are the same age I was when I took it over. I believe they’re going to do very well here.”

The Dippys said following Munsey’s legacy will be a challenge.

“And we recognize how blessed we are to be a part of this community. We knew we would have big shoes to fill coming in behind Clay County Icons like Ronnie and Lilian (Munsey),” Mallorie said. “But this community has embraced us, offered so much encouragement, and has shored us up during a difficult start-up time.

“We look forward to serving you for many years. We promise to give you great food, great service and a great time. Roger That!”

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