REMSEN — When the Soda Fountain Restaurant closed its doors in the fall of 2019, the future looked uncertain.
Owners Steve and Lynn Boucher had considered a few different options, but nothing had come to fruition. Then the COVID-19 pandemic came swiftly and forcefully into the picture, and they decided to wait it out to see what move to make next.
Now that the pandemic has lessened some, they are re-opening the 50’s theme restaurant that offers up homestyle favorites, such as chicken and biscuits, meatloaf dinners, and ice cream sundaes.
They are aiming to open the restaurant May 6 and tentatively plan to stay open through September. “We are committed to opening back up for the season,” Steve Boucher said. “People have been cooped up a long time. We want to give them a nice experience. Maybe they can come back to one of their favorite restaurants, sit at a booth or a table and feel like it’s great to get out again.”
They will be encouraging customers to make reservations, so that they can ensure they can be accommodated.
The Soda Fountain first opened for business in May 2008. The Bouchers had a goal to open a restaurant in their hometown that could be a gathering place for the locals and folks from surrounding areas.
The restaurant was in operation for 11 years and closed for the season in 2019. It did not open at all in 2020.
Boucher said that because of COVID restrictions, things might be a little different than what patrons were used to when visiting the Soda Fountain in pre-pandemic days, but he is eager to welcome everyone back. “We are excited,” Boucher said. “We really do miss our customers. I see people all the time that tell me why this place is special. Maybe they got engaged at the Soda Fountain, or they had their grandpa’s birthday party there, or another event. This is a place where families come together, and that’s something you can’t put a price on.”