More than a year and a half after a fire damaged a popular western Kentucky attraction, the restaurant at Patti’s 1880’s Settlement is close to reopening.
Like the big water wheel at Patti’s, the rebuilding of its popular restaurant keeps going.
“We’re excited,” says Director of Marketing Ann Martin. “We think this Christmas, when we’re open, it’s going to be a great homecoming for those that have memories here.”
They plan to have the restaurant open as soon as late October. Contractors are finishing the dining room and kitchen, enclosing the atrium, and rerouting streams around the new restaurant. It will keep the same menu, and most of the same features.
“We’ve tried to keep it the same, keep the same rustic feel. It will have the same tables, the same stain glass windows,” Martin says. It will also have new features, including new entrances and exits and making it more handicapped accessible.
“The old building had teetered floors and step ups. This is definitely going to be great for handicapped accessible. The bathrooms are larger. The hallways are larger,” says Martin. There are also plans to add valet parking.
In February 2018, a fire started behind a safe in the office, damaging a part of the restaurant. But owners decided to tear it down due to water and smoke damage, combined with the building’s age. The rest of the settlement stayed open.
“We struggled. Summers have been tough,” says Martin.
While they keep building the new restaurant, Dining Room Manager Terri Vaughn says staff will test new kitchen equipment and computer systems for their servers.
“We will start doing the reservation systems soon. We’ve done table layouts for the restaurant and dining room,” she says.
Vaughn also says they’ll have soft openings before their grand opening, and they expect crowds to return to the new look attraction.
“We plan to be busy for a few years,” says Vaughn.
(This story was originally published on September 17, 2019)