Columbus, MS - At the end of the lunch shift Wednesday in the Front Door / Back Door Restaurants, Chef Sarah Labensky called a staff meeting.
Along with the usual staff diners have grown to love, there sat new faces.
As Chef Sarah introduced Steve McLemore and Jim Lewis, the staff learned they would all be keeping their jobs and the restaurant would remain open.
Steve McLemore and business partner Jim Lewis will be the new owners of the Front Door / Back Door Restaurant starting this Monday, September 10th.
They plan to keep the menu, staff and hours the same.
Chef Sarah Labensky will remain as a business consultant for the next 30 days and then will re- concentrate her efforts on her writing business.
“One of the most difficult decisions I have ever made was closing the restaurant. Knowing that the staff as well as our customers will continue to be able to enjoy the history and tradition of The Doors makes my heart truly at peace,” stated Chef Labensky.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” laughed Jim Lewis as he introduced himself to the staff. “We have been here almost every day since last Thursday and the menu, the people it all just works,” said Lewis as he explained they would be keeping the hours, menu and staff the same. Lewis has 35+ years in the restaurant industry and Steve McLemore has 40+ years experience in the medical service industry and retail business background.
The official paperwork and buying of the business all started last Thursday, August 30th.