Bigfoot’s to reopen in Rising Sun on Sunday
Fire destroyed restaurant 14 months ago
— One of the most popular restaurants in town will reopen Sunday, more than a year after fire destroyed the West Main Street location.
“It’ll be 14 months to the day we burned down,” said Milton McAllister, owner of Bigfoot’s Steaks and Hoagies.
McAllister said Thursday that as long as he passes the final inspection, he plans to have a soft opening Sunday at 10 a.m.
An electrical malfunction caused the June 7, 2015, fire. McAllister opted to raze the building and start over. While the new building only has an additional 200 square-feet, he said it was built as a restaurant. The former building was a converted house with a small kitchen and cramped seating for 16.
“The kitchen was small and the dining room was smaller,” he said. “This is going to be so much easier.”
It will be easier for customers as well, with seating for 30, a larger parking lot
and a handicapped-accessible entrance and bathrooms.
While wading through all the construction issues in Rising Sun, McAllister opened Bigfoot’s Express in Oxford, Pa., 10 months ago for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was to make his popular cheesesteak subs available and to keep his employees working and paid. Most of his Rising Sun employees will return, he said.
McAllister said it was heartwarming to see all his Rising Sun customers make the trip to Oxford to get their Bigfoot favorites.
“It takes a long time to build that customer relationship,” he said.
Some menu items won’t be available right away, he warned.
“The pizza ovens haven’t come in yet,” he said, meaning there would be no pizza or stromboli for about two weeks. “(Customers) have been waiting for 14 months. They can wait a little longer.”
“Everybody’s going to want cheesesteaks and hoagies,” he said, adding that the soft opening will give his employees time to get acquainted with the new kitchen equipment.
Over the past several days people have been dropping by to welcome McAllister back to town.
“They’re almost as happy as we are,” he said. “It’s great to be back.”
His one regret was not having a window built into the entrance to give the Bigfoot statue a permanent home.
“My wife salvaged him,” he said of the iconic figurine that was perched in the front window of the former restaurant. “He got a bath and he’ll be here.”
The new Bigfoot’s Steaks and Hoagies on West Main Street in Rising Sun has more parking, more seating and a handicapped accessible entrance and bathrooms. Owner Milton McAllister plans to open Sunday, 14 months after the fire that destroyed the original restaurant.