David reported in last week of a stop-work order on the door of the soon-to-be Decatur Diner. The sign was still there late last week when I stopped by, so I sent a email of inquiry to part-owner Bill Langford. Here’s his reply…
We had hoped to be ready to open by now or at least with in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately when you’re dealing with various contractors, ordinances and inspectors, the best of plans seem to get derailed.
Although I haven’t been directly involved in the build out, the stop work order had something to do with some minor changes made to original interior plans and the failure of our general contractor not informing inspectors with updated blueprints. The new blueprints were delivered at the end of last week.( after a wait to have them changed) With the holiday, it’s another waiting game for inspectors to come back out. Not always a quick process even without a holiday.
I assure you nobody wants to get the doors open any quicker than our owner group. Our best guess now is another 4 weeks. But again you never can tell exactly.
The major construction obstacle now is our hood and fire suppression system which will take approx two weeks to construct and install. That is in the process and again hopefully will go in fairly soon. After that everything else will go quickly.
On a positive note, we’ve had tremendous response from the community. To date we’ve had over 2,000 applications for employment and scores and scores of people stopping buy welcoming us to the community.
We are excited to get going and becoming an intricate part of the community.