Patti's 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers will be serving customers in time for Thanksgiving, and that is welcomed by many in Lyon County.
According to an announcement on the iconic restaurant's Facebook page, it will reopen today (Wednesday). The business was destroyed by fire in February 2018. Construction hampered by a rainy summer was part of the reason for delays in readiness, Marketing Director Ann Martin told WPSD Local 6.
Gainings a seat at the restaurant will require a reservation, but getting through to set plans may be difficult. After being closed for almost two years and with reopening coming at the holiday season, the response has been overwhelming.
"We are getting thousands of calls, and we are doing our very best to answer," a social media post read Sunday. "The numbers of calls coming in are bogging down our phone system, making it hard to get through."
The restaurant expects to officially open at 5 p.m. today and is also scheduled to be open Thanksgiving Day. Regular hours should be available beginning Saturday.
It will be closed Dec. 24-26 for Christmas.
The opening is good news for Lyon County tourism. Lake Barkley Tourist Commission Executive Director Debi E. Dodd said Patti's closure has had a negative effect on the local tourism industry, particularly during the offseason for recreation on the lakes.
The restaurant regularly draws visitors from other states who often lodge overnight and spend money in Lyon County.
The Christmas lights display at Patti's is already up, decorating Grand Rivers each night.