The Detour American Grille & Bar opened this morning on time and with a slow but steady flow of lunch-time customers.
Even after the doors opened, painters finished final touch-ups on the hostess station and a sign-maker adjusted the new Detour logo on a wall.
The restaurant opened at 11 a.m. in the face of an ongoing dispute between the city and the leaseholder of the space in The Commons, Greenhouse Restaurant LLC. The city contends that the company broke its lease by closing the Scotty's Burger Joint in The Commons on Dec. 30, while the company contends that a simple amendment could fix the lease problem.
Judy Johns Jackson, the city's community development director under former Mayor Fred Armstrong, and her husband Norman were among the morning's first customers. She said they were planning to eat lunch out anyway, but wanted to come to Detour to support the business and its employees.
Jackson said that this evening, she plans to bring in a party of about 15 people, including Armstrong, former Clerk-Treasurer Brenda Sullivan and Jim Norris, the public safety director under Armstrong.
Look for more details in Tuesday's Republic.