Mr. G’s to open next week

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 26, 2004

Finally… the garlicky smell and tomato taste of home cooked Italian food is less than 2 weeks away. According to construction workers at Mr. G’s, they are planning on opening the doors on March 1.

One of the major holdups has been the weather and all that rain from last week sure didn’t help the process. Gerald Gilbert, Mr. G’s owner said that they originally wanted to open the second of February, but the weather has just been too bad.

They are still working on the parking lot and some of the exterior of the building, but the inside of the restaurant looks great. It will be great to finally move into the new building, but I miss the old one very much-said Gilbert. The old Mr. G’s has been a Demopolis landmark for 30 years now.

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“There are so many memories at the old building, that it will take some time for Demopolis to get use to a new Mr. G’s,” said Gilbert.

The new restaurant will be 5,700 square feet, a little smaller than the old store, but is able to seat 180 people comfortably, which is more seating than the old store. “I have lived in four different states and countless cities and Demopolis is by far the best city I’ve ever lived in. I enjoy living here and I plan on being buried out on 43 one day,” Gilbert said.

There will be countless improvements that the new store will have compared to the old store, but one for sure will be the new drive through window. “We will have to see how the public reacts to it, I don’t want the customers inside to have to wait while we tend to the ones outside,” Gilbert said.

It has taken longer than Gilbert thought for the building to be completed due to weather issues and delays in the completion of the architecture plans to get finished. “Eaves Construction is doing a fine job with the building so far, I hope we can get finished without any more delays. Everything else is ordered and ready to be installed in the new building,” Gilbert said.

There will be a few new items on the menu, but all of the old favorites will be there also.