WARM SPRINGS, Ga.- Back in June, a Warm Springs landmark burned to the ground. In September, owners Peter and Sandy Lampert announced they would be opening a temporary location on the main street of Warm Springs.
Tuesday, the new location opened its doors and nearly 300 people came through those doors and ate at the new tables. Owner Sandy Lampert said she did not think they would be able to re-open six months after losing the original restaurant, but they did.
Even though the building is different, the menu, staff are the same.
News 3 spoke with Mike Slade who has been going to the restaurant with his church for 20 years. He says the combination of old and new makes him like the new spot more. “When you put God into the equation, he causes all things to work for the betterment of his people before his glory and this is a blessing,” Slade said. “We wouldn’t change a thing. God ordained us coming over here day one and it’s been phenomenal.”
Lori Oglesby has worked at the restaurant for the past three and a half years. She says when the restaurant burnt down, she went down with it. Tuesday, she was reunited with her second family. “Just like being at home. I feel so comfortable and I’m just so happy to see everybody everyday,” Oglesby said. “I don’t dread coming to work. I’m up and at em ready to go to work because we love it here. We love it here. It’s not a job. It’s just fun.”
Lampert said she and her husband saw the outpouring of support to re-open the restaurant and they did not want to let it die. “People were heartbroken and they want to be able to come back and eat here again,” Lampert said. “And most of them said, it doesn’t matter where it’s at. We just want the food, the people, the service. That’s what the Bulloch House is to us. Not just brick and mortar.”
The gift shop that was next to the restaurant at its original location is back and is called Fireflies. It got that name because Lampert sad she saw a large collection of fireflies at the old restaurant after it burned down.
The restaurant is open Monday-Friday 11 to 2:30 p.m. for lunch; Saturday from 11-8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 to 2:30 p.m.