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Published on October 12th, 2015 |

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OK Cafe finally re-opens after 10 months; take-out to open Oct. 19

After 10 months of being closed following a major fire Dec. 6, 2014, Buckhead’s famous OK Café was finally open again for business beginning today, Oct. 12, with the take-out side of the business slated to open next Monday, Oct. 19.

Although there were media reports there would be a major grand opening event on Wednesday, north Buckhead resident Lynne Moscow told BuckheadView, “I saw (co-owner) Richard Lewis, who said the Wednesday grand opening will not take place.”

Moscow reported, “They are simply re-opening the restaurant today (Monday) and the take-out next Monday without fanfare.” The hours of operation of the restaurant, located at 1284 West Paces Ferry Road NW, are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

OK Cafe was damaged in a Dec. 6, 2014 fire caused by a water heater in an upstairs space. It took months to repair the damage, but OK Cafe owner Susan DeRose had originally planned to re-open the restaurant in May of this year. The City of Atlanta made demands which delayed the re-opening.

During the recent racially-motivated mass shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, SC, OK Cafe became the target of civil rights activists who wanted the eatery to remove a carving from the restaurant walls, which prominently featured Georgia’s 1956 state flag—a flag of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. A state senator wanted the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau to ignore the restaurant unless it agreed to remove the symbol.

Despite the setbacks, OK Cafe made its return to the Buckhead restaurant scene on Wednesday.

The fire has kept some 100 staff members away from their jobs at OK Café for 10 months; but the Buckhead community rallied behind the displaced workers, offering them temporary restaurant jobs and setting up a fundraiser that ensured each staff member had money to get through the 2014 holiday season.

At the time of the fire, DeRose told BuckheadView the employees could expect to be paid for their time off when the restaurant re-opened for business.

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