Local Restaurant Provides Flame to Town’s Rebuilding

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Since March, Michelle has been working hard to build her dream restaurant.

She and her husband were looking at different locations, and they thought of Clendenin’s old Gino’s and Tudor’s building.

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As a result of the incredible flooding from the historic 2016 floods, the building needed its interior completely replaced be ready to be a restaurant after it was destroyed – including new wiring, new plumbing, new heat as well as air conditioning. Thanks to O.V. Smith and Sons, their dreams became a reality.

“It feels good. We’ve worked really hard and I think the people of this town are going to appreciate it. For the last two to two and a half years, we have tried to come back from the flood and rebuild, and a lot of people have moved out. And hopefully this will bring some more people in and bring them back home”, remarked Michelle.

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She comes from a large family and in creating her dream restaurant, sought the family setting style that has allowed the town of Clendenin to rebuild following the flood.

She has taken a complete redirection, having used to work for the Y.W.C.A. and has named the restaurant “The Cupboard”.

Michelle says she wants the restaurant to be a haven for people to relax from their busy lives, and to enjoy family time with good family cooking.

“There will be steak and gravy, spaghetti, chicken alfredo – my husband comes from a pretty good-sized Italian family. So I had to bring in the pastas and everything. We’ll have fish and fries, shrimp, steak – sirloin and ribeye, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes – you name it – just good ole’ homecooking. And we can’t forget about chicken and dumplings.”

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The Cupboard opens on Wednesday, November 7th, and is open from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, and closed on Tuesdays.

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For more information about the Cupboard, visit their Facebook page here.

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