It's located in Lincoln, about 15-20 minuted from their house in an area called Arnold Heights. There is a lot of industrial buildings, a small airport and a small town of residential houses, just outside, the main part of, the city of Lincoln.
My hubby and I have been able to go down and help them with remodeling the restaurant to get it ready for opening day, which has been pushed back a few times, but is looking more and more to be this upcoming Monday June 27th, 2011. We are all really excited for the restaurant to open, and by the look of all the foot traffic, it seems that the locals are pretty excited too.
Here are some fun before and after pictures of the improvements made to the restaurant:
In front of the restaurant:
(One of the things I got to help with was cleaning off the windows and making a window sign for Annie's Sunshine Cafe... the next project will be the billboard sign on the side of the building)
The grill and front bar:
(note the pop machine in the background and the broken fridge holding the sodas)
Pop machine and broken fridge are gone... new use for the pop machine stand... a beverage center for coffee, iced tea, lemonade etc.
(note the cash register at the corner of the bar... limiting another possible seat)
Cash register is no longer at the corner, but now at the end where the fridge used to be... two more spots at the bar for customers!!!
(all of the wooden trim is all painted grey to match the weather beaten styling of the wainscoting)
This doorway leads into the dinning room... Check out the chalkboard!! A blank canvas for the specials :)
This is just before painting all the wooden trim grey. Check out the new Chalkboard I got to work on for Annie's specials...
(these are also a good pictures to show you the difference with the old paint and the new yellow paint)
The dinning area:
(note the "basement" feel of the room with the lighting and red paint on the walls)
My father-in-law, the electrician, re-wiring the lighting...
The ceiling was raised (since parts we sagging), the electrical was re-wired for new sconces on the walls and the old lighting was taken out. A fresh coat of the same color paint (from the front room) really brightened this room up and makes it feel less like a "basement" and more like a cafe.
My father-in-law had to gut the bathroom because it was disgusting! When you stepped on some of the tiles water would squirt out... enough said! Needless to say the first thing they worked on was the bathroom...
They put all new drywall, and flooring and even a brand new **clean** pedestal sink...
which really opens up the space quite a bit!
At last, the customers at Annie's Sunshine Cafe can go to the bathroom in peace!
Check out the sign I made for the bathroom door :)