Winnie Storter Bomber was the daughter of one of the county's earliest pioneer families. Her grandfather, George Washington Storter, is considered to be the original settler of Everglades City. Winnie became a school teacher in Ft. Myers before she met and married German immigrant and self taught chef, Rudy Bomber. Ed Frank opened his garage in the late 1920's and invited Rudy to Naples and he enthusiastically agreed and opened Rudy's Cafe in 1931. The cafe adjoined Ed Frank's garage so when Winnie would have her car serviced, she would have a coffee at Rudy's restaurant next door.
Winnie and Rudy were married in 1938 and she gave up her career as a teacher to become one of the region's great cooks. The restaurant became a favorite landmark for motorist on their way to Miami.
Lunch at Rudy's cost 50 cents including a main course item such as fried mullet, chicken or roast beef as well as two vegetables, cole slaw and desert. If you wanted a slice of Winnie's home made pie instead of the usual banana pudding, 15 cents was added to the check.
Don Wynn and Anne Merle's children Larry, Tom, Jerry, Tim and Linda