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“It was quite a hit,” said owner Luke Goucher. “We were able to remain true to who we are without losing the building’s intimate charm. It’s very Lodi-esque.”
Goucher said that since the place opened last December, business had become so good that people were ending up waiting to be served. He said the expansion had originally been part of their three- to five-year plan, but it was executed it at nine months instead.
“The extra seating gives us the opportunity to satisfy more of our guests,” he said. “People have responded really well.”
The original space didn’t allow them to seat large groups, which the new space can accommodate. Goucher said they will be able to host more private parties and events. With the addition of a ramp off the back and modifications to the bathroom, they were also able to make the building Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible.
“We’re pretty proud of that,” he said.
The cost of the expansion, between $75,000 and $80,000, also benefited local businesses, as the owners attempted to utilize as many local suppliers of materials and laborers as possible. They also tried to keep the look of the renovation as similar to the original space as possible, in keeping with the authentic feel of the 125-year-old building.