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Jul 6, 2011 9:56 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Restaurant rises from storm-damaged produce biz

KINGSTON, La. (AP) - An April storm tore up their strawberry field and destroyed most of their peach trees. So a DeSoto Parish couple bounced back by opening a restaurant that now serves a steady stream of oil field workers.
John and Nancy Myers tell The Times of Shreveport that they had already made a big investment in a building to sell their produce. After the spring storm, a friend suggested they open a barbecue stand featuring John's brisket. That idea led to them turning their produce building into what is now the Kingston Orchards restaurant.
Word of mouth and a hot pink and yellow road sign advertising the restaurant's homemade ice cream helps pull customers in.
Customers have mostly been oil field workers, everyone from roustabouts who toil in the fields to executives.

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