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Grits Cafe Gears Up for Grand Reopening

3:41 PM, Feb 2, 2013   |    comments
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Grits Café, a mainstay of downtown Forsyth, suffered a devastating fire last March, forcing the doors to close.

On Saturday, it reopens.

"I was actually at home with a brand new grandson that day and just got several phone calls that I needed to get up here, that we were on fire and it was just Grits. I thought it was my shop," says Angie Ellis the owner of Flowers by Helen, a business right next door to the restaurant.

Adjacent businesses saw smoke damage, but the fire completely gutted Grits Café. That was in March. Now owners -- Wayne and Teri Wetendorf -- were laying out the finishing touches before the grand reopening on Saturday.

Their French-Southern flair has cultivated a following, bringing visitors from around the Southeast.

"We're just here visiting people in Atlanta and thought we'd drive down to eat lunch here at Grits, but so disappointed it's not opened yet," says Joe McDade from Montgomery, Alabama.

The couple has run the upscale Southern café in this 125 year old building since 1999.

Built from ash at the original location off West Johnston St, Grits may have a new look, but it's got the same taste.

You might have to wait to get your own bowl of their famous shrimp and grits because the restaurant is fully booked opening night.

"Actually I'm going to work through Ann from Ann's Café to see if she can pull some strings for me to see if she can pull some favors for me," says Craig Keller from Marietta.

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