Jodi Graham was a long-time customer before becoming a waitress at Patrick’s.
“I’ve worked at restaurants before, but I’ve never been a part of opening one,” she said. “It’s been really interesting to see all the prep work of reopening an established restaurant. I’m kind of on pins and needles thinking if everyone is coming back.”
Another change for Patrick’s was bringing in a new chef, Roger Duran.
“The excitement of opening a new place was what really brought me here,” Duran said. “I really like the freedom and having the liberty to create new items.”
Duran said some changes have been made to the menu, but the lunch menu is still the same.
“We are bringing in some multi-cultural and international flavors,” Mullen said. “We will probably be changing the menus monthly, but we really want to give (Duran) a chance to show off his skills and creativity.”
Mullen said opening the doors for the first time was exciting.
“We have a lot of gratitude for everyone in the community, who helped us out,” he said. “It was really inspiring. I couldn’t go into a business in town without someone asking ‘When are you going to open?’ or ‘Is there anything we can do to help?’ That was really inspiring.”