Couple takes Sunday drive for favorite fast food

Published 12:00 am Sunday, February 2, 2003

VIDALIA, La. &045; Boy, talk about your Sunday drivers. Well, actually Robert and Brenda Lane are not that kind of Sunday drivers. It’s just that driving 40 miles for a hamburger is a little unusual.

But for the Lanes, who live at Lake Bruin in Tensas Parish, Wendy’s restaurant in Vidalia is the place to go when the urge for a classic cheeseburger or a stuffed potato hits.

&uot;We either have to drive to Tallulah or down here.

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There’s not a lot of other choices at home,&uot; said Robert, who retired from Trans-Canada Oil Company &045; formerly owned by Enron.

&uot;Luckily, Enron sold Trans-Canada before I got ready to retire,&uot; Robert said, obviously glad to avoid the disaster of Enron’s now-infamous collapse.

He and Brenda used to fish at Lake Bruin with Robert’s brother, and bought a home there three years ago after their third and youngest child graduated from high school.

&uot;We moved here from Lafayette, La. Fast food is a way of life down there,&uot; said Robert, recalling a special place there that used to satisfy their tastes.

&uot;Pete’s Bar and Grill off Johnson Street near the college &045; they served great homemade hamburgers,&uot; Robert said.

Robert and Brenda found the food fast enough and the midday mood peaceful at Wendy’s.

The Lanes sat at a quiet corner table for their late lunch, sharing the restaurant with one other couple.

&uot;Up here, if I’m going to eat a hamburger, it’s usually at Big John’s in Ferriday or here at Wendy’s,&uot; said Robert.

Brenda, who works at Panola Woods Country Club in Ferriday, is glad the menu at Wendy’s expanded a few years ago to include the stuffed potatoes.

&uot;My favorite is the broccoli and cheese-stuffed potato,&uot; she said.

The Lanes made the trip down U.S. 65 through Waterproof, Clayton and Ferriday in their white Ford Taurus.

&uot;It needs washing, but it’s economical,&uot; Robert joked as they loaded up for the return trip &045; satisfied for another Sunday.