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Nearly two years after fire, Mel's Diner reopens

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Posted at 11:29 AM, Mar 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-07 14:53:39-05

Mel's Diner officially reopened to the public on Monday morning.

The iconic Lafayette restaurant posted to their Facebook page on March 7 that the diner's doors were opened at 7:00 am.

Mel's, located on Johnston Street, closed in April 2020 after a malfunctioning appliance caused a fire in the kitchen.

Following the fire, the restaurant began rebuilding with plans to open in August 2021. That opening was pushed back toSeptember 2021 and delayed again.

Mel's owner Keith Bond says they are excited to be back in Lafayette at their Johnston Street location.

"We've been here as Mel's Diner for 31 years at this location," said Bond. "It's been a year and 11 months since we had our fire and as you can tell we have a full house. We're just happy to be back in the restaurant scene and back in Lafayette."

The restaurant plans to be open from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm, Monday through Sunday.

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