The Smith family, Jim, Linda and Ginger Smith Gallagher, are planning an open house for the recently renovated Red Cedar Inn building on East Osage Street.
The event will be held Saturday, April 28, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
They say they want to reacquaint people with the city’s flagship Route 66 building.
“Since it has been remodeled it’s a completely different building inside,” Jim Smith said. “And Ginger and I have been in there scrubbing so it’s clean as a pin.”
The iconic building was constructed with logs cut on the Smith family farm. It has been featured on “Good Morning America” and was a favorite eatery of several athletes and public figures over the years.
Recently it was temporarily a used car lot. Jeff Schneider, who operated the used car lot, removed the restaurant kitchen and created a series of offices and meeting rooms. He also replaced the roof and resealed the parking lot.
“It’s not the same building,” Smith said. “We just want people to stop by and have a look.”
Smith said he contacted friends, neighbors and several Route 66 organizations inviting them to stop by.