After a January 15 fire that closed their doors for over three months, Deb and Jesse’s Hometown Diner in Farwell is completely renovated and set to reopen March 23.
The midwinter fire, which caused extensive smoke and heat damage throughout the building and fire damage mainly to the basement and equipment in the basement, was believed to be caused by an electrical problem, Fire Chief Dave Williams said in a January interview.
The diner, formerly Deb’s and Nana’s, was previously reopened and operated by the mother-daughter team in August, 2010. Before that Kathy Mellendorf owned “Nana’s Place,” and Deb Pacheco owned and operated Deb’s Place on the west side of the Village. Deb’s and Nana’s was purchased last May by Deb and husband Jesse from Deb’s mother Kathy.
Now Deb and Jesse’s is reopening again, this time with a completely new interior – floors, walls and ceilings. “It is all new from the basic framework,” Jesse said. “There’s new insulation, electrical, plumbing, heating, water, everything.”
Deb added, “And, we have updated the menu. We are now offering fresh ingredients, rather than canned and are featuring barbecued ribs, grilled shrimp, homemade appetizers and fresh char-grilled burgers.”
The Grand Opening with free samples and prizes will be held March 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The full restaurant and kitchen will open for business later on the 23rd at 4 p.m.
“We appreciate the efforts of the Surrey Township Fire Department to save the building,” Deb said, “and we really appreciate the work to restore the building by Central Restoration and the great crews that have been working hard to get us going again.”
The restaurant, located downtown on the corner of Ludington Drive and Wright Street, will be open Monday through Thursday and on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; on Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. “We are inviting everyone to stop over and see us,” Deb said.