Toby Keith's bar, grill opens to enthusiastic fans in Folsom

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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FOLSOM, CA - After months of delays, Toby Keith?s I Love This Bar & Grill officially opened its doors Friday evening in Folsom. It is the ninth such franchised bar and grill and the first in Northern California. There are four others that aren?t franchised ? three in Oklahoma and one in Las Vegas, Nev. One family drove from Elk Grove, complete in western attire and carrying ?I love Toby Keith? signs. The Martinez family made the trek Friday morning, hoping to eat lunch at the restaurant on opening day. Unfortunately, the opening time had been rescheduled to that evening. ?I?m his number one fan,? said Sharon, the matriarch of the family, who was sporting a shirt emblazoned with the restaurant?s logo. Her granddaughter, 10-year-old Miranda, agreed. ?Nana got me into Toby Keith,? she said with a smile, sporting a cowboy hat and toting a sign. ?This is my first time (going to a Toby Keith restaurant).? Her mom, Melanie, said everyone is talking about it. ?You don?t know how many people are waiting for this,? she said. Mati Rosa Morphis, a volunteer with the Folsom Chamber of Commerce?s Rodeo Posse, showed up in western attire. ?We were going to be here from the Rodeo Posse to represent and welcome them,? she said, opting instead for lunch with her daughter at another restaurant. The restaurant opened at 5 p.m. to a long line and a packed house for a live performance by the Zac & Jay Band. Reach Don Chaddock at