Small Town Restaurant Rebuilds After Fire

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Jeri and David Andersen are counting down the last few days until they open the doors to the new Jeri's Kitchen in Kingman.

"The inside is not going to look anything like the old Jeri's but we hope [to have] the same atmosphere and the same feeling, where everybody feels like they can come in and sit for hours," said Jeri Andersen, co-owner.

In December, a fire destroyed the restaurant's building and everything the Andersens had worked for in 21 years. It was the community and family support that fueled the couple's desire to open the restaurant back up.

"It's really brought us together, I think. All of our kids have been down here one time or another, since the fire, helping out," said David Andersen, co-owner.

Residents in Kingman were glad to hear that the restaurant and most of the staff will return next week.

"'I'm excited for them. It's a good thing. I like to keep people working as close to town as possible," said Lisa Jayne, Kingman resident.

Although the new restaurant will look different than the old one, the owners said the food will remain the same. They were placing orders on the food they will need to make their famous doughnuts and sausage rolls.

"It's really nice to see this one, kind of, be all coming back together. [I] stop in about every other week, a little at a time, just watching it all go together. It's pretty amazing," said Brandee Blick, food supplier.

Like the words on their shirts, the Andersens are ready to get "up from the ashes" and begin the new chapter on Jeri's Kitchen.

"Definitely different chapter. We're older, wiser and a little bit more experienced, so it'll be different. That's okay," said David Andersen.

The restaurant will have a soft opening early next week. The owners plan a grand opening after Labor Day.

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