Lebanon Reporter

Local News

June 28, 2014

Lebanon native brings back the Sugar Bowl

John Staton had a destiny to return to Lebanon. And he has fulfilled it by returning to his hometown and reopening a favorite restaurant from his childhood – the Sugar Bowl. Staton grew up in Lebanon. He had his first date at the Sugar Bowl at age 13, in 1955. Staton, now 72, moved out of Lebanon that year and has since traveled all over the country, living in places like California, Michigan, Washington, D.C., and New Hampshire. But something was tugging at his heart to return home. “I believe the Lord brought me back here. We had a destiny to come back here,” Staton said. “I had been looking for a safe haven basically, where I can have my family and we can have a business. I thought for sure it was going to be in North Carolina or Florida, a warmer climate. But the Lord put it in my head to come home and open the Sugar Bowl.” It was a tough sell for his wife Leslie, who is from New York City. It took her about three months to come around to the idea. She said John had wanted to open a restaurant the entire length of their marriage, 17 years. See Saturday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.

1
Text Only
Local News

Featured items
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide