New restaurant with new flavor opens in Demopolis

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 27, 2005

A new restaurant with a new flavor has opened in Demopolis. Monday Napoleon’s, which is located in the Demopolis Inn opened its doors to its first lunch crowd and showed what unique treats they had to offer.

The idea for the restaurant came from owners Randall Douglas and Ray Saliba who felt Demopolis was ready for something a little different.

“Ray and I had been in the restaurant business off and on for several years,” Douglas said. “Ray was with Touchdown’s in Auburn where he managed the restaurant there and I was an area manager for McDonalds.”

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Both used that experience to create a new and unique place for are diners. Douglas said while there were many places to dine in Demopolis they felt a different flavor was needed for the perfect mix.

“We felt like there was a need in Demopolis for a restaurant that served a wide variety of menus for lunch and a larger variety for dinner,” Douglas said. “We wanted to provide the finest food we could with the best service.”

Douglas and Saliba said they plan to have a kid friendly environment with coloring placemats with a kids menu on it.

At night Napoleon’s will take on a fancier approach with white satin tableclothes.

Saliba said they will have a traditional soup and salad lunch menu with their own special additions.

“For lunch we will have salads, soups and sandwiches and our lunch specialty is our chicken salad,” Saliba said. “That is kind of our headliner. We have a very good variety of salads and sandwiches.”

Two soups will run all the time with a featured soup of the day. A meat and two vegetables plate will also be offered.

The desert menu is also impressive with quadruple chocolate mousse cake, bourbon pecan pie and ultimate cheesecake along with ice cream for the children.

The dinner menu will include prime rib, certified angus beef steaks and pork tenderloin and chicken. Beer and wine will also be served.

The restaurant also features a furnished patio for diners who prefer to enjoy the lovely outdoor weather.

The name for the restaurant came from the rich history of Dmopolis and the building itself.

“When Napoleon fell from power he was exiled,” Saliba said. “Many of his people settled here to establish a vine and olive colony right here in Demopolis,” Saliba said. “This room was also actually known as the Naploeon room. There is an old banner over the door. There was an old men’s group thar used to meet here and they called it the Napoleon Room.”

Lunch will be served Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Dinner will be served Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.