Patti's 1800's Settlement finally reopens

The newly built atrium at Patti's 1880's Settlement begins to fill with patrons Friday evening as the business opens its doors for dinner. After a devastating fire forced the Grand Rivers restaurant to close for 19 months, Patti's is again open for business.

THOMAS DEAN STEWART | The Sun

Business was brisk at Patti's 1800's Settlement this week as the well-known Grand Rivers restaurant reopened after being closed since a February 2018 fire.

"We opened at 5 o'clock Wednesday and had a wonderful night," said Ann Martin, marketing director. "We were completely booked."

Martin admitted it had been difficult to tell people exactly when the restaurant was going to reopen in the interim while construction was going on.

"The hardest thing was giving estimates, because with construction there are always changes. I don't know how many times I said 'soon, it's going to be soon,'" she said, in answering questions from the public.

"I was sick of saying it, but it's worth the wait."

The marketing director was particularly happy the restaurant was reopened in time for Thanksgiving.

"That made it a little more special," she said. "You know, the people that have always had Thanksgiving here missed it last year, so it was exciting that they got to come back this year."

According to Martin, a lot of patrons have been amazed at the result of the "new" restaurant.

"They still feel it is like it was in the old days, the same Patti's feel," she said. "We kept the tables the same and our carpet, which was strictly made for us, we had remade the same."

Much of the same stained glass from before is being used along with a few new pieces, she said.

"You get the surroundings, like the girls in their dresses and the boys in their overalls, so I think it has that same feel with that."

The response has been nothing short of overwhelming, according to Martin, even crashing the phone system at startup.

Some subtle differences include taking a few of the larger rooms and making them into smaller dining rooms. There are also three new private rooms.

Reservations are taken for those who do not wish to wait for tables.

"We're back to our regular schedule. We couldn't be more excited," Martin said.

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