Posted: 4:29 pm Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Kelly Ripa raves about restaurateur Rocco Mangel of Rocco’s Tacos and Grease Burger Bar 

By Allison Ross

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West Palm Beach restaurateur Rocco Mangel got woken up on Monday morning by a phone call from his mother telling him she had just heard Kelly Ripa talking about him on Live! With Regis and Kelly.

Ripa, who spent last weekend in Palm Beach County, spent several minutes on Monday’s show praising Rocco’s Tacos and its co-owner.

“It’s truly unbelievable to be mentioned on national TV,” Rocco told me today. “I’ve actually gotten some business out of it. It’s a big deal.”

The story: Ripa was in West Palm Beach this past weekend for the Wellington Winter Equestrian Festival with her husband and kids.

While at the show, she met Rocco’s wife, Julie Kasle, who last Thursday took Ripa and her family to Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar on Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.

Owner Rocco is known for donning white disco shoes and a sombrero, jumping on the bar on a weekend night, and pouring free shots of tequila. After a little encouragement, he did the same thing that Thursday evening, he said.

“On Saturday, she came back for lunch with her husband and parents,” Rocco said. He said he even ran across the street to another restaurant he co-owns, Grease Burger Bar, to grab a burger for Ripa’s dad.

“They are super super super nice people,” he told me. “She asked if she could mention my restaurant on the show, and what could I say? I of course said yes. I just didn’t know she’d go as in-depth or as long as she did.”

Rocco didn’t have any photos or videos from last Thursday with Ripa, but a woman from North Carolina who happened to be at the restaurant on the same day shot pictures of Ripa and Rocco and posted them on her blog. You can see the one of Rocco here.

Watch the clip of Live! With Regis and Kelly here. The mention of Rocco’s Tacos happens about 7:30 into the video.

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