The Vintage 1889 café plans to reopen on Monday, September 20. The recent remodel has more than tripled the seating space, and the newly added decor adds more history, memories, and uniqueness to a space that was already a favorite hotspot for many locals and tourists alike.
The restaurant is located at 151 8th St. NE in Fort Payne. Anyone who has visited the company before knew that places were limited after hearing about the atmosphere and the food. An additional room and a patio / terrace have been added to the main dining room. A large garage door has been installed to open on sunny days to connect the two spaces.
The owners, Dr Stephen Brewer, DMD and his wife Lynn Locklear Brewer, have worked diligently to add memories that are important to them, as well as to the community. The cabin of an authentic fire truck has been incorporated into the decor which is showcased both inside and outside the remodel, the truck sits in the center of the musicians’ booth. “The fire truck is from Binghamton, New York,” said Dr. Brewer. “It comes from the same location that the local fire station owns. I had the name of Fort Payne painted on the front of the truck and the lights all work on the truck; I just need to do some extra electrical work to be able to use them.
Other collectibles include the large ceiling mounted NASCAR piece in honor of legendary racing driver Bobby Allison. The ceiling is also a talking point due to the multiple bikes in the Brewer / Lockear family. A fire hydrant from the early 1900s is on display. “People see the water towers here around the old mill and don’t realize what they were for,” Dr Brewer said. “They were for the suppression of the fires. They are not as old as the mill, but they were installed in the early 1900s because if the mill caught fire, the city’s water pressure would not have been sufficient at that time to put out a fire. . Other consecrated objects that were found on the property were also on display.
The kitchen has also been enlarged several times compared to the previous space and new kitchen equipment such as freezers and coolers have been purchased. A chargrill was installed in addition to a regular flattop grill. This new grill allows the use of wood chips to give steaks and burgers the smoky taste of outdoor grilling. “There is nothing like a remodeled and expanded kitchen,” said Lynn Brewer. “I’m also happy with the way the bar turned out.” Blue lights have been installed in the bar highlighting the selection of spirits.
Customers can expect the same great food selections, with subtle additions made over time as business grows in the weeks to come. “I wish I could add weekend brunch to the schedule,” said Lynn Brewer. “This will definitely be something we add to the Cafe when business picks up.”
Current hours are Monday to Wednesday 11:00 am to 3:00 pm Thursday to Saturday 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Phone: 256-845-3380. To follow on Facebook.
– Spotlight on Business by Marla Ballard appears in the weekend edition of The Times-Journal.