The 15 W. Main St. restaurant is in the process of renovating its intertior, even taking down walls to create a more open atmosphere — something that will produce a two-fold benefit. Besides allowing more air space and better general asthetics, the renovations will allow Berry’s to host various shows and activities right in its main dining room, including murder mystery dinner theater events.
“We are currently reinventing ourselves here at Berry’s Restaurant to open the door to different things,” co-owner Lynn Berry said. “And our first project was being able to do (shows, such as murder mysteries) not in our banquet rooms, but to leave that banquet room for parties and gatherings. We want to use our gorgeous main dining room for it.”
Removing the wall, though, was just the beginning “in a whole series of changes,” she said, adding she hopes to have the facelift completed by Thanksgiving.
“The whole first room is going to be remodeled,” she said. “We’re going to be featuring retail products that we’ll sell to people when they first come in, like our dressings and some of the Berry’s favorites: our coffee, cups, historic items (and) wines, of course. Then our back room will be completely updated to feature our Dinky, but with more of a dinner feel.”
Berry said the updated backroom still will have historic elements, but that the restaurant hopes to “liven it up a bit.”
One thing that will remain the same is the nostalgic, original diner counter. However, the type of food that will be eaten at the counter might change.
“Of course we’ll keep the original dinner counter; that’s not going anywhere,” she said. “We will absolutely keep that and continue to serve our old-fashioned milkshakes. We are updating our menu, though, with some fantastic surprises coming.”
While Berry isn’t revealing the menu changes just yet, she said she thinks “families will be excited.”
Customers also will be able to order online and even have their food delivered if they so choose once the updates are complete.
“Generations change and families have less time and the economy is tough,” she said. “(This will put) us on a whole new spectrum. Mom and dad don’t have time anymore but you still want the traditional, healthy dinner. Now you’ll be able to order it, pay for it, quick pick up or we’ll deliver it.”
Berry said the restaurant hopes the changes will be well received, not only with the local community, but throughout the surrounding areas as well — perhaps drawing more people to the Maple City.
“Let’s keep Norwalk here and let’s bring Sandusky here, showing them we have something to offer too,” she said.