Sarah Mirabella was born in Fayetteville, N.C., on March 8, 1922. She
was the daughter of Sir Reginald Theodore Mirabella, a decorated Three
Star General who was instrumental in ushering through the treaty of
Versailles. Reginald served at Fort Bragg after his return from the
Great War in 1919. Growing up with such a dad, Lucille was no stranger
to fireside stories of patriotism, pride, and heroes.
1940 rolled around and the world was on the brink of a Second World
War, Lucille was dating a young man named James Earl Davis, a GI in the
82nd Airborne Battalion stationed at Fort Bragg. Soon after her man
left for the fight of his life in Europe, Lucille took up employment at
the North Carolina Maritime Shipbuilding Company in Wilmington, N.C.
This is where Lucille gained independence, working days at the shipyard
while restlessly awaiting James's return from the war. Frequently,
Lucille would organize "war room" nights where all the ladies of the
neighborhood would gather to read letters from Europe and Asia, knit
blankets, and make batches of jellies, jams, sauces to send to their
boys. Lucille's friends soon discovered her knack for comfort meals and
good southern-style cuisine. When James's letter came back stating,
"Lucille, the boys believe your BBQ sauce could be used in peace-making
negotiations!" all the neighbors agreed. Perhaps her independence
didn't sit well with her folks back in Fayetteville, but they were proud
of the hard-working, young patrior she had become.
the winter of 1945, the war was winding down and Lucille was missing
the comfort of her family and friends back home in Fayetteville. With
no sure return date set for James, Lucille moved back home and started a
cafe. Serving her mom's classic recipes and her newly-learned cooking
secrets from the "war room" nights, Lucille marveled as her cafe soon
became a beacon of all that was comforting to the waves of soldiers
returning home form the war. When James came back in later 1946, he
married his sweetheart and together they worked the cafe. Through the
1950s they developed countless recipes and traditional dinner fare.
Three kids later, James and Lucille had formed a thriving business
guarding their secret recipes and cooking methods. They passed down
their secret recipes from generation to generation. In 1999, those same
guarded recipes were passed down to the owners of Lucille's American
Cafe in Weston and hence, the American tradition was reborn! Today we
uphold the same ideals that Lucille lived and believed in back in the
1940s: great food and friendly service for a fair price. If only
Lucille was here to see us today!
Lucille's American Cafe is a
1940s- style upscale diner that captures the "luncheonette" feel of
that era's most popular eateries, but seasons it with a dash of
21st-Century finesse. It is conceived as a comfortable neighborhood
respite from the home kitchen. Homemade food, served in a stylish but
casual atmosphere, with large portions and value pricing make it
particularly attractive to families with children as well as couples and
singles. Take-out and delivery service, as well as catering, are
available and just a phone call away.
interior design of Lucille's evokes nostalgia while inviting guests to
relax and have fun. You'll experience memories of decades past, with
vintage photos of "Lucille," the fanciful lady who is the inspiration
for the restaurant found everywhere: Lucille at the beach, Lucille
sipping a fountain soda, Lucille riding in a classic convertible and
Lucille with her many friends and admirers.
oscillating fans are hung on the walls over the dining room. Liberal use
of dark wood, ceramic tile, chrome, leatherette, fabric, mirrors,
bullet- shaped hanging light fixtures and wall sconces contribute to the
feeling of authenticity. The predominant colors are seafoam green,
black, taupe and ivory, selected for a 1940s palette. They complement
the interior design and are lively, but easy on the eyes.
is provided in booths or free standing tables. The chairs are framed in
chrome, like those found in a typical family kitchen in the 1940s, and
finished in black leatherette. The booths are upholstered in a
combination of seafoam green and black. Also offered are patio tables
that overlook a vast lake, the perfect atmosphere on a brisk day.
Paul & Beth Nunez believe that high quality food and friendly
service will keep guests coming to Lucille's. The philosophy is simple:
Do everything possible to exceed guests' expectations in food, service
and atmosphere. Lucille's wants guests to feel good enough about their
dining experience that they would tell others of their experience.