FERNDALE, Wash. — Saturday, October 19th, at 9am will mark the end of nearly 2 months of an unexpected closure for business owner Rhonda Wright.
Wright said she is ecstatic about being able to reopen her business, The Meeting Place, after being required to close due to a surprise finding by a Whatcom County Health Department inspector. “They required me to move my ice machine and add 2 sinks,” Wright said. Then it was the matter of waiting for them to return and give her a thumbs up. “I now have 9 sinks so I guess I’m the sink queen now.”
Wright says she will be there Saturday when the doors open at 9am. “I am so looking forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces as they come through the door.” She added, “I deeply appreciate the words of support and kindness from everyone during this ordeal.”
Wright said she lost all of her food inventory during the closure so she is restocking prior to Saturday’s reopening.
“We will have chili and cheesy broccoli soups along with everything else on the menu,” Wright said. Everything else includes bagels, sweet rolls and pastries, sandwiches, salads, coffee, espresso, tea and more.
Wright is also in the process of re-scheduling use of the free private meeting room for several groups that have had to find venues elsewhere for the past 2 months during the closure. Anyone wanting to reserve the meeting room should call Wright at (360) 913-4589.
All but 1 of the original staff will be back too. The 1 staff had moved away and she will be missed, Wright said. Live music will return soon too.
The Meeting Place hours are 6am to 4pm every day except Sundays.