Momma's West Main Cafe co-owners Bobbie Barr (left) and Jeretta Barr (right) are pictured with Hillsboro safety and service director Dick Donley outside the restaurant Wednesday. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
Momma's West Main Cafe co-owners Bobbie Barr (left) and Jeretta Barr (right) are pictured with Hillsboro safety and service director Dick Donley outside the restaurant Wednesday. (HCP Photo/Caitlin Forsha)
After 104 days of being closed — and months of discussion from city officials, business owners and engineers — Momma’s West Main Cafe is set to reopen.

Staff members are getting everything prepared now, and the restaurant will officially reopen to the public Monday, Sept. 16.

As previously reported, the front section of the vacant building at 119 W. Main St. in uptown Hillsboro collapsed Monday, June 3. Some of the neighboring buildings have been deemed off-limits by the city since that date, including Momma’s West Main Cafe at 131 West Main Street.

Hillsboro safety and service director Dick Donley told council Monday that city officials met with the Southern Ohio Historic Preservation Investment Group recently to do a “walk-through” of their properties (125 through 135 West Main), including the restaurant. Donley said Wednesday that engineers have “signed off” on the building’s safety.

 


“We’re really excited about getting it back open,” Donley said. “It’s about the safety also.

“Their engineer signed off on the inspection and put their stamp of approval on it, and that makes it acceptable to the city.”

Co-owners Bobbie and Jeretta Barr were happy to announce that all of their staff members, including cooks, servers and dishwashers, are returning to the restaurant. Bobbie said that they will have “a new look, same great food and same great staff.”

While the business was closed, the Barrs have worked on making the restaurant feel even more their own, with new paint, flooring and lighting fixtures, upgrades to the bathroom and a variety of new decor.

In addition to improvements to the building, the Barrs announced expanded hours on Thursdays, with dinner now being offered three nights a week. Once they reopen Monday, the restaurant’s hours will be: Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Jeretta Barr said that the restaurant lost a lot over the past three months, so while “we’d love to re-open tomorrow,” they had to re-order all of their food and begin prepping everything. They’re putting the finishing touches on the decorating side of the business as well, with all of their staff pitching in to help Wednesday.

Jeretta Barr added that she was happy not only for those who work in the restaurant, but for their many area vendors, including local butchers and farmers who depend on the restaurant for meat, eggs and vegetable orders.

Donley — who was appointed safety and service director in July, following the resignation of former SSD Mel McKenzie — said Wednesday that he appreciated the Barrs’ cooperation.

“It’s been a while, and I kind of came on in the middle of this,” Donley said. “I’ve known the Barrs for several years, and they’re good people. I wanted to see them get back in business. We tried to put things on the fast track.”

In the middle of sweeping, hanging decorations and overseeing the cleaning of the kitchen, the co-owners stopped and hugged each other in the dining room Wednesday morning.

“We’re so excited,” Bobbie Barr said.