EXETER – Nearly a year and a half since an early morning fire heavily damaged Grico's Restaurant, the Exeter landmark is ready to welcome back customers.
Longtime owner Pat Greenfield cut the ceremonial ribbon Friday night, announcing her eatery's grand reopening while surrounded by her staff and dozens of loyal friends and customers. She felt numb as she took in the reality that her Wyoming Avenue business was finally back, she said.
Among the well-wishers was Mary Pat Coleman. Grico's has a lot of sentimental value, said Coleman. My husband and I had our first diner date here.
Exeter Councilman John Morgan and his wife, Michelle, said they also shared their first date at Grico's.
Chefs and restaurant manager Shauna Strellish said, It has been a very long year and a half, but it is very worthwhile because of Pat.
The business has gone through several transitions since the Aug. 28, 2011 fire, Strellish said. Greenfield and the staff set up a catering business in the former Seton Catholic High School before returning to their Wyoming Avenue home. In between, Greenfield served breakfast on Sunday mornings at the Moose Lodge in West Pittston for victims of the September 2011 flood.
Greenfield and her loyal staff worked tirelessly to clean up and rebuild after the fire.
I don't know how she does it, but she does and she always has a smile on her face, said Strellish. I never met anyone like her.
Grico's will open for dinner starting on Monday, and reservations are required for the first week.
The restaurant is expected to be open 5-10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 5-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Valentine's Day reservations are being accepted.