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A Man and His Dreams
a profile of Rollie Dick

In the tiny fishing village of Sayulita it's not uncommon for visitors who had planned a brief stay to become permanent residents. The influence of the little town is difficult to describe; unpretentious with few of the amenities so essential to modern living such as banks or a post office, it nevertheless exerts a spell on the most practical.

During the Christmas of 1998, Rollie Dick, his wife, Jeanne, his son, Joshua and daughter, Jody arrived in Sayulita to spend a ten day vacation. Two months later, Rollie returned alone, buying a three-story building barely off the town plaza, the first floor of which he remodeled into a restaurant thereby realizing a dream of decades.

This decision was hardly to be expected from the recently retired High School principal, a post he had held for 25 years following 15 years as a teacher. But magical Sayulita exerted its spell on tall, genial Rollie. He engaged pretty, young Adrianna, a mother of three children who has become an indispensable aid to the former principal, and set about to make his ambition a reality.

Rollie did not intend to lose the leisure his retirement insured and his restaurant was to take up only part of his time. The restaurant serves breakfast only and is open from 8 a.m. to noon. The varied menu includes Rollie's famous sautéed potatoes, and ample quantities are served. Rollie's fine selection of CD's serves as entertainment.

When Joshua arrived from the States to assist his father, he brought his guitar and often the duo entertains the patrons. The restaurant also houses a collection of paperbacks for the convenience of diners. The good-will Rollie extends his customers is often expressed through his insistence that they be well fed.

From time to time, he will come out of the kitchen wearing his signature chef's hat, assuring everyone that he expects them to ask for more if they're still hungry.

Nothing about Rollie or his establishment is typical; just as untypical is his philosophy maintaining that the feeding of people is an act of love. That this has proved effective is evident in the success of his enterprise.

Open seven months of the year, Rollie exemplifies the kind of entrepreneur that adds to the allure of magical Sayulita. When his attractive wife retires the first of the year from her post as teacher, she will join him.

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