Southern comfort cafe opens in former school

Southern comfort cafe opens in former school


>>>WELCOME BACK. SCHOOL DISTRICTS FACE SPECIAL CHALLENGES WHEN SELLING AN ABANDONED SCHOOL BUILDING.>>IN FACT, THEY’RE SO UNIQUE WITH CLASSROOMS, GYMS AND SOME OF THE LARGE RESTROOMS. BUT AS RICH NYE FOUND, ONE FAMILY REALLY SAW AN OPPORTUNITY THAT COULD BENEFIT THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY.>>Reporter: INDIAN CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLOSED IN 2016. BUT IS BACK OPEN NOT FOR CLASSES, BUT FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER.>>THAT WAS GOOD. GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT, RIGHT?>>YEP.>>Reporter: THE CORN COMFORT CAFE OPENED LAST MONTH IN THE FORMER SCHOOL CAFETERIA.>>IT’S BEEN A FEW YEARS SINCE YOU HAD LUNCH IN HERE.>>QUITE A FEW. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Reporter: THE OWNER AND HEAD CHEF JAMES BOUGHT THE ENTIRE SCHOOL BUILDING IN SEPTEMBER. INCLUDING THE GYMNASIUM BUILT IN 1939.>>BEEN PLAYING BASKETBALL ON THIS IS AMAZING.>>Reporter: CLOSED HIS FORMER LOCATION ON STATE ROAD 135 AND MOVED HIS COOKING RESTAURANT INTO THE SCHOOL IN DOWNTOWN TRAFALGAR.>>IT’S NICE TO TAKE SOMETHING THAT’S CLOSED AND TURN IT INTO SOMETHING NEW AND EXCITING.>>TURNING IT INTO A RESTAURANT MIGHT SEEM REASONABLE. BUT WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE REST OF THE SCHOOL? THE OWNER DECIDED TO MAKE IT HOME.>>THROUGH THESE DOORS IS THE MAIN LIVING AREA.>>Reporter: UPSTAIRS THE LIBRARY IS NOW A HUGE OPEN LIVING SPACE STILL UNDER RENOVATION FOR THE OWNER AND HIS FIVE CHILDREN. CLASSROOMS NEXT DOOR ARE NOW BEDROOMS. THE SECOND GRADE ROOM BECAME A THREE-YEAR-OLD’S PLAY ROOM.>>IT WAS A HUGE UNDERTAKING. A LOT OF PEOPLE TOLD ME I WAS NUTS OR CRAZY OR THOUGHT IT WAS A RUMOR.>>Reporter: WITH 67,000 SQUARE FEET, HE CAN PUT MANY ESTABLISHMENTS IN. THE GYM IS AN EVENT CENTER WITH THE OLD SCHOOL OFFICE SERVING AS THE CONCESSION STAND.>>SOMETHING HERE THAT THE COMMUNITY CAN BE PROUD OF, FOR ONE. AND KNOW THAT THE PERSON THAT’S IN IT IS NOT GOING TO TRY TO BENEFIT FOR THEMSELVES, BUT BENEFIT THE COMMUNITY.>>IT HAS CHARACTER. YOU KNOW? AND I’M SURE IT HAS GOOD BONES. IT IS BUILT WELL.>>Reporter: CUSTOMERS LOVE THE FRESH CUT TENDERLOINS. ONLY AVAILABLE IF YOU GO BACK TO SCHOOL. RICH NYE, CHANNEL 13 EYEWITNESS NEWS.>>I THINK WE ALL WANT TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL. IT’S OPEN EVERY SINGLE DAY, EXCEPT TUESDAYS. THE OWNER SAYS THE FOOD IS THE SAME AS WHAT WAS ON THE MENU AT THE RESTAURANT WHEN IT WAS LOCATED ON STATE ROAD 135. BUT THEY ALSO ADDED MORE SELECTIONS AND NOW SERVE BREAKFAST ALL DAY LONG. I LOVE THAT.>>I THINK HIS KIDS WOULD LOVE HAVING THEIR OWN BASKETBALL GYM.>>HOW COOL IS THAT?>>I LOVE HOW THEY JUST REPURPOSE IT. REPURPOSEED IT FOR SOMETHING BRAND-NEW. AND IT’S HELPING THE ENTIRE


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