Rex Rush was misidentified in a caption last week of Opine-Tallahatta Springs Fire Department personnel. The Democrat knows who he is but the brain and the typing fingers didn't connect to get it right. Our apologies. and opening the restaurant, working a full day at the drugstore he owned at the time and then coming in to close the restaurant.
"Then we hired Denise Newton and she managed it for us. The restaurant business is rough. It's a lot of pressure. You have to watch everything. You have to make sure everything is taken care of out front and in the kitchen and in the office. I don't have any regrets as far as what we've done. I just hate the situation has turned out the way it has."
Wells said most of his employees have already found other jobs. A few of the cooks have decided to take some time off, "but we have the best cooks around. They won't have any problem getting a job.
"The ladies and gentlemen we work with here are very special."
Many of the customers have expressed their disappointment that the restaurant is closing.
Wells said, "It has been here so long. But there is some doubting if it would do well if we relocated. It took five years to get the business paid for. I'm just not willing to start from ground zero again.
"I had hoped our city government would have stepped in and tried to bend their ear about locating somewhere else."
Wells said he is going to miss his customers.
"They start becoming part of your family. Some of them eat in here two or three times a day. The waitresses see them drive up and already have their drinks ready because we know them that well. With any business, that personal touch is what makes it. The people who come here are a part of our family."
"It's just sad," said Kara Jordan, who has been a waitress at the restaurant for three-and-a-half years and also worked for Gaston. "The Grill's been like home."
"I used to come here when I was a kid. My grandfather would bring me here when he came to drink coffee. Quality food and good service made this place what it is," Wells added.
Too late to classify
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