Pineville Grill Closes Af­ter Two Decades Of Ser­vice

McDonald County Press - - COMMUNITY - Sally Carroll

They sur­vived a dev­as­tat­ing fire, made lots of de­li­cious pan­cakes and fos­tered a lot of friend­ships.

But the folks at The Pineville Grill have closed the doors af­ter 21 years of busi­ness.

The last break­fast was served on July 16.

The sign on the door of the Pineville Square busi­ness says, “Closed For Good.”

The Ri­vard fam­ily launched the busi­ness 21 years ago, on July 31. “Grandma made her dream a re­al­ity and took over a res­tau­rant,” Amy Ri­vard wrote on a Facebook post. “It’s not al­ways been easy and it’s not al­ways been fun but it’s al­ways been home!”

When the fam­ily got its start in the res­tau­rant busi­ness, they leased the space and con­tin­ued to call the res­tau­rant the Old Timers Cafe.

In Jan­uary 1997, the fam­ily ex­pe­ri­enced a dev­as­tat­ing fire, just months af­ter tak­ing over. The fire de­stroyed the kitchen and most of the din­ing room. The cafe re­mained closed for clean-up ef­forts un­til April 15.

In ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the Pineville Fire De­part­ment, who saved ev­ery­thing they could from the fire, fam­ily mem­bers be­gan a new tra­di­tion — an an­nual fire­men’s pan­cake break­fast.

Two years af­ter the fire, Grandma pur­chased the build­ing and changed the name to The Pineville Grill.

Lots of cups of cof­fee and break­fasts have been served. Friends and neigh­bors met to share news. Lo­cals as well as those who va­ca­tioned here passed through the doors.

Fam­ily mem­bers say they have been blessed to all work as a fam­ily at the busi­ness, and have made many friend­ships over the years.

“Need­less to say it’s been a long 21 years and Grandma is tired and ready for a change,” Ri­vard wrote.

“We are very sad to see it go but ex­cited to see what the fu­ture holds!” Ri­vard wrote. “So thank you Pineville! For mak­ing the past 20 years some of the best mem­o­ries!”

Many have posted on The Pineville Grill’s Facebook page, say­ing they will miss the café, the friendly staff and the de­li­cious food.

Roger Cot­trell prob­a­bly summed it up best when he posted, “You re­ally can’t have Pineville with­out The Pineville Grill. You all will def­i­nitely be missed.”

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