WEBSTER COUNTY, Ky. (1/2/13) - On August 12, 2012, Jeri’s Cafe in Clay caught fire and burned. The 2,100 square foot building which included the kitchen and dining area was a nearly complete loss.
But, if tragedy had to strike, it couldn’t have picked a better time.
“We were only two weeks away from getting the expansion finished,” said Andy Delamar, who has owned Jeri’s since March of 2001.
Jeri’s Cafe was closed for three weeks, while workers hurried to get what was supposed to be an expansion ready to handle all of the business.
During that time Delmar continued to operate the catering portion of Jeri’s, doing much of the cooking on site. Delamar said that the catering business is still doing well.
The expansion was only slightly smaller than the original building, about 2,000 square foot, but it was not designed to house the entire business. That puts Jeri’s is in the middle of its second expansion in the last year.
“We have to build back the old section,” Delamar said. “We don’t have a kitchen in the new facility. This was just supposed to be additional dining and a little ice cream shop.”
Delamar new construction will be on the site of the original building that burned, and will be about the same 2,100 square feet. That will bring the restaurant’s total size to right around 4,000 square feet.
Jeri’s Cafe offers an assortment of products, including catering, plate lunches, daily lunch specials, ice cream and fried catfish on Fridays.
“Hopefully we’ll have it open by February,” he said.
Fire investigators never determined a cause of the blaze that struck Jeri’s in August.
“They sent two fire investigators out there and they still couldn’t figure it out,” Delamar. “They just knew it was something in the ceiling, probably electrical.”
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