Dothan attorney Terry Bullard put his elbow on the bar inside 256 N. Foster St. and leaned over, slowing down his speech as he talked about his new venture.
“We need Mrs. Boomer’s back,” he said.
There is a ton of work still to be done. However, if work proceeds as scheduled, the once-popular downtown eatery/hangout will grace Foster Street again this summer.
“We hope this will be a place just like it was, where you can come and hang out and enjoy yourself and eat good food,” said Bullard, who is partnering with local chef/caterer Shann Mann to bring Boomer's back to downtown.
Mrs. Boomer’s (most locals just call it Mizz Boomer’s), was a staple downtown for many years. It attracted residents of all stripes who enjoyed the décor of funny hats hanging from the ceiling, as well as the famous “Boomer Burger” and other tasty menu items.
Its customer base deteriorated several years ago before it moved from downtown, first to the Metro West Center on Ross Clark Circle, then to Highway 231 North before closing.
Bullard said Mann will cook and oversee the day-to-day operations of Mrs. Boomer's.
The goal is to give the restaurant the old Boomer’s look and feel, with hats and everything. Bullard said he envisions live entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as monthly block parties with live music as well. The menu, he said, will have many of Boomer’s old favorites along with some of Mann’s most popular items.
Bullard said he hopes now is the time to bring Boomer’s back. Efforts continue to revitalize downtown and attract more traffic.
The project received a $50,000 loan from the Dothan Downtown Redevelopment Authority last week. Bullard said more than $135,000 will be put into the restaurant before it opens.
Bullard said he would like to have Mrs. Boomer’s open by mid-July, but unexpected additional renovation work could push the opening date back a few weeks.
“We’re going to work hard to make it a place people want to come to,” Bullard said. “Mrs. Boomer’s was always a place where you could come, be yourself and have a good time.”
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