Grumpy’s Restaurant, an award-winning full-service Americana breakfast, lunch and brunch diner, has just reopened its location in Middleburg. Located at 1805 Blanding Boulevard, Suite 107, the Middleburg location reopened its doors to the public on January 2.
The Middleburg location, which originally opened in October of 2020, was forced to close in January of 2022 after an equipment fire caused major damage to the restaurant. A full year later, the beloved diner has been rebuilt and is ready to start serving the Clay County community once again.
“While we made some minor changes to the interior of the restaurant, we did our best to restore it to look and feel just how our customers will remember it,” says Daniel DeLeon, president and CEO of Grumpy’s. “We wanted to ensure it kept the same homestyle feeling as the rest of our Grumpy’s locations.”
The reopened diner was able to retain 80% of the employees, a fact that the brand is proud of. Employee retention and satisfaction is an important value to DeLeon. During the COVID pandemic, DeLeon forfeited months of his personal salary to donate to an employee relief fund to continue providing staff with a paycheck.
“Middleburg was the first franchise location of Grumpy’s,” continues DeLeon. “It was a huge step for the brand and its reopening was a main priority for us. We are very happy to be able to keep serving the community and offer a space for people to gather and enjoy a meal together.”
Grumpy’s prides itself on made-to-order and always-made-from-scratch comfort food and sweet southern hospitality all at a working-class price. Grumpy’s serves breakfast, lunch and brunch along with an array of daily and weekly chalk board specials which include a variety of sandwiches, homemade soups, salads, signature coffee, fresh squeezed juices, homemade hot chocolate and desserts.
Including a franchise fee of $40,000, the initial investment necessary to open a single location ranges between $574,000 and $1,294,000. Each Grumpy’s Restaurant location will occupy approximately 2,800 square feet of real estate and will have approximately 120 seats.