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Councilman Yates joins Mayor Fischer in welcoming back Good Ole Jessies Dixie Diner to Dixie Highway

Sunday June 29, 2014

For Immediate Release:
Democratic Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137 / 526-3622

Louisville – On Friday, the people of southwest Metro Louisville officially welcomed back an establishment known for many years as the place to go to eat good home cooking, enjoy a family atmosphere and friendly conversation.

Councilman David Yates (D-25) joined Mayor Greg Fischer, owners Tom and April Whitted and others for the Grand Reopening of Good Ole’ Jessie’s Dixie Diner.

“There are many people who have fond memories of Jessie’s and many of us were glad to hear that Tom and April were not only going to open a new restaurant in this area but they were bringing back to life a place that meant so much to so many,” said Yates.

The original Jessie’s Family Restaurant closed in 2012 after many years of operation in the Valley Station area. At the same time, Tom Whitted wanted to get back into the restaurant business where he had been some 19 years before. He owned his own remodeling company and said one day he drove by and saw Jessie’s up for sale.

“We wanted our own restaurant and like many people I had eaten at Jessie’s over the years,” said Tom. “This restaurant was just a great local place to come to if you grew up around here. There are so many people who have memoires here and it just seemed like a good thing to do.”

Remodeling of the facility began in October of 2013. On the outside, there is new paint and new signs. The Whitted’s said there were major renovations on the inside that could be called “nostalgically new” but the overall floor plan of the restaurant is unchanged. Good Ole Jessie’s features a special military room and a derby room as part of its décor.

Jessie’s opened its doors earlier this week.

“Little by little, we are getting things up and running and hopefully everyone will be patient,” said Tom. “We have had many people stop by and give us their support and encouragement.”

“We always encourage new businesses to come to the Southwest,” said Yates. “In this case, it is great to see someone make the investment in time and effort to rejuvenate a local restaurant that has served us for so long and will continue to serve our community for years to come.”

Good Ole Jessie’s Dixie Diner is located to 9609 Dixie Highway.

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David Yates (D) 25