Restaurant re-opens after fire and foundation collapse in Holyoke

Customers demanded Susan's Cafe reopen

HOLYOKE, Mass, (WWLP) – After a collapsed foundation and a kitchen fire last Fall, a landmark lunch and breakfast spot has re-opened on Hampden Street in Holyoke.

While Susan’s Cafe officially reopened to a mob-scene of customers last weekend, dozens of Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce members filled Susan’s Cafe Wednesday night for an “after hours” event celebrating the re-opening of the “mom and pop” business.

Susan’s Cafe had been closed since last October after the field stone foundation gave way to erosion in the century-old building. At the time, the owners had decided they were going to stay closed, until their loyal customers demanded they re-open.

Restaurant co-owner Susan Goff told 22News that the people of Holyoke told her that there’s no place like this to get a good breakfast. “They like the friendly atmosphere. They like that we treat them like their part of our family. So the outpouring was amazing,” said Goff.

Longtime customer, Holyoke resident Fred Marion said he and his friends vowed not to let the place shut down, and staged fund-raisers to help support the place. “We’re glad that they’re back, cause we had no other place to go. This is our spot for many many friends and family,” Marion said.

Goff told 22News the kitchen was demolished and completely rebuilt. She said old customers will notice a new coat of paint, and new items on the menu.

Susan’s Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesday through Sunday.

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