REYNOLDSVILLE — An East Main Street Reynoldsville restaurant is continuing the tradition of home-cooked, family-style food and fellowship, but with different ownership.
Our Hometown Restaurant was owned by Laurie Maicki for around 13 years. After facing health setbacks due to celiac disease, she decided to pass the torch to someone who could could carry on the Reynoldsville business.
“This comes from great sadness and a very heavy heart — I am no longer able to keep up the pace needed to maintain this restaurant,” she posted on the Facebook page Nov. 14.
OHR will reopen as “Annie’s Hometown Restaurant” Tuesday at 8 a.m.
Brockway natives Anna “Annie” Miller and her husband, Brian, are now Reynoldsville residents. It’s been a dream of hers to own her own restaurant for years, following in her parents’ footsteps, Annie says.
Over the years, the Millers ate at OHR a few times and always enjoyed it, she said.
In order to make the transition as smooth as possible, the new restaurant has kept all of its employees, and will have the same menu, the Millers said.
“The employees are being extra helpful,” she said. “We need them here. They are here to grow with us, and we are incredibly lucky.”
The dining room will appear the same, too, besides new décor on the walls in place of old Reynoldsville and graduation photos. The Millers are “just country folks,” they said, and the décor reflects that.
“The customers love the food the way it is, so we aren’t changing it,” Annie said. “It will be easier on us and on everyone.”
In the future, they plan to incorporate different menu items, she adds, but only after testing them with customers first.
The Millers observed the OHR environment for two or three weeks, Brian said, watching the routines of the employees and meeting regular customers.
Through the transition, they’ve received support from both Maicki and the community, Annie said. Maicki gave her a hug when she handed everything over, and has been a helping hand throughout the process, answering any questions they’ve had.
“Everybody has been wonderful — local friends, families — we’ve received so much support,” she said.
Just as Maicki was a dedicated baker, so is Annie. She bakes homemade bread at home, and will be creating pies and cakes for the restaurant, too.
“We just want to keep that old-fashioned atmosphere to come and get a good meal and have good conversation — somewhere it feels like home,” she said.
Maicki definitely left big shoes to fill, Annie says, and she is honored for the opportunity.
“She said to me, ‘If someone can do it, everyone has told me it’s you,’” she said.
The Millers have worked in the restaurant business their whole lives, and plan on being very hands on and bussing tables or helping employees with whatever they may need.
“We are looking forward to serving people,” Annie said. “We can’t wait.”
Annie’s Hometown Restaurant will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check the Facebook for more information.