July 23, 2009
Main Street Café to Reopen on July 23rd
Less than four months after a fire gutted the kitchen area of the Main Street Café, the restaurant is back in business. Doors will reopen to the restaurant on the west side of the Memphis City square on Thursday, July 23rd.
The March 31st fire originated in the rear of the café. Causing extensive damage to the back half of the buildings lower story and destroying the kitchen and business office.
“Basically everything in the kitchen but the dish-washing sink was a total loss,” said Jeanne Snodgrass, who owns and operates the café along with her husband Dave. “Fortunately the quick response by the fire department prevented any major structural damage to the building.”
The restaurant owners spent the first week following the blaze reviewing the damage and working with insurance adjusters to determine the next course of action.
After determining the building was structurally sound, the work began removing the debris and cleaning up the site.
The owners made a few minor changes to the facility. They had to replace the stairwell in the back of the building that led to the business office located in the middle of the store. A design change allowed this improvement to result in a slightly larger kitchen area.
The kitchen itself features many of the same style of appliances. All of the equipment was replaced, but Dave noted he was very pleased to be able to find plenty of affordable options to restore his work area.
Another upgrade is a new computerized point-of-sale cash register system that will making paying the check quicker and easier.
Fans of the café will be pleased to learn that the regular menu is returning, with some new additions. Dave is adding several appetizers, entrees and breakfast items to the normal favorites.
The Main Street Café will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Saturday and from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. The restaurant will be closed Mondays.