On Sunday, August 7, 427 days after fire leveled the original building, the Rising Sun Bigfoots opened for business. On June 7, 2015 the 100 year old building caught fire.
"I feel great. I'm very excited to be back. Bigfoots is back! The employees are happy and excited," said owner Milt McAllister, Sr. McAllister said about 30 employees and former employees who came back to help would work Sunday to deal with anticipated customer volume.
"We are going to get food out as fast as we can. But it will be quality. I've made sure we have enough people working," he said.
"I want to thank everybody who helped us come back. Crothers Insurance. It's nice to have a local company that knows your name. And McQuitty Construction for building this beautiful building. It's so nice," said McAllister.
Shirley McAllister has worked at the restaurant for years. "I'm very happy. It feels like we're home again. The family is all here working," she said.
There was some confusion about which day the store would open. Many anxious customers called on Saturday hoping to place an order. McAllister said there were 40-50 missed calls on the Bigfoots phone lines when he arrived at the store early Sunday.
Deborah Lambert was waiting for the opening. She said she and her mother eat at Bigfoots every Friday night. "I would get my mom a chicken salad sandwich and myself a cheese steak. I'm glad it's back," said Lambert.
Mayor Travis Marion and members of the town council cut the ribbon signifying the opening of the restaurant.
Commissioner Joe Shephard said he ate at Bigfoots frequently when he worked locally. "It's good to see they rebuilt here. It's awesome," said Shephard.
"I'm glad to see them back. It's been a long time coming," said Commissioner Brian Leishear.
Commissioner Dave Warnick and the mayor both said they are fans of Bigsfoots cheese steaks.