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July 6, 2010

G’s Pancake House undergoing major renovations, to reopen soon

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Dan Dalrymple (left) of Quality Construction meets with Cindy and Tony Sueiro to review progress of the G's renovation.

The popular G’s Pancake House on Riverside Drive is in the final stage of renovation with an anticipated opening within a week.

Owner Cindy Sueiro began working at G’s when she was 12 and her father, a Vietnam veteran  with the 101st Airborne, owned the business. She took over the business  in 1988.

G’s — open 24 hours a day — is a popular breakfast spot and has a loyal customer base. Then came the flood of 2010, and G’s like hundreds of other businesses — was inundated by the Cumberland River, which four feet high inside the restaurant. Their dumpster disappeared in the floodwaters,  though the walk-in freezer had to be tethered to the building lest it meet the same fate.

Like many of the older businesses in “flood recovery” mode, G’s is getting a facelift. Stripped down to its block walls, the building is being rebuilt from the inside out. Dan Dalrymple of Quality Construction has spent the past month gutting and rebuilding G’s.

“We needed an upgarde,” said Sueiro, ” and the flood kind of forced that on us.” She is pleased with the near-finished result. Ironically, she was among the few business owners with flood insurance, which helped jumpstart the rebuilding process.

The counter is longer, the dining areas boast new sheetrock about to be painted. The kitchen and prep areas are completely redone. “The coke machines are coming in tomorrow,” Sueiro  said. Optimistically, she hopes to open Friday (July 9) but depending on the installation of fixtures and the timeliness of  municipal inspections, that could be next week.

Dalrymply has been working nonstop to ready the restaurant for customers. “The whole point is to get it open and get back to making a living,” he said.

G’s Riverside Drive location has 15 employees, all of whom have been deployed to two other  G’s sites in Clarksville until the  Riverside Drive eatery is back in business. “They’ve been very loyal,” Sueiro said.

Photos by David W. Shelton

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