Many helped in renovation
In July 2006, landlords Maxine Coker, Loya Beery and Gayla Hougham began remodeling the building at 83rd and Wea, which has been in the Coker family more than 100 years.
As cleanup began, Karen Mitchell and Jenny Wheat dropped by with a question about renting the building for a future restaurant. I looked around the room where cleanup and remodeling seemed a never-ending task. After careful consideration, the challenge was accepted.
At this point, a dumpster was rented and we proceeded to "barebones" the inside. The front was divided from the back and the labor began.
Tear-out and cleanup took more than considerable time and energy after which we installed two new bathrooms, a firewall, new doors and windows, ceiling, colors and new partitions. New heating and cooling were next, followed by drywall, plumbing and electrical.
Finally, Karen and Mark Mitchell and their "crew" were able to paint, decorate, design and custom fit the building for the Bleu Tomato.
Best wishes to them for success and thanks to everyone who contributed and supported this challenging effort including John Beery, Mike Frehe, Virgil Dabbs, Brian Hemerick, Tim Shepard, Steve Chick, "Slim" Pickens, Ladd Service Co., Ron Hutchings, Monster Drywall, John W. Beery, the Bleu Tomato crew and numerous others who stopped by with good advice, useful suggestions and encouraging words.