Sweetwater announces re-opening

Oakhurst residents will be happy to hear that Sweetwater Steakhouse underwent renovations and has re-opened following unrelated accidents that temporarily forced their closure more than three months ago.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 Sweetwater Steakhouse received an unexpected visitor when the driver of a Mercedes Benz drove their car through the kitchen doors causing extensive structural damage and leaving the business unable to operate. The restaurant remained closed while the structural integrity of the building could be affirmed and necessary repairs could be completed.

Though no one was injured in the accident, the damage forced owner David DeSanders to close his doors while repairs were made to the 5,000 square-foot facility. Turning and negative into a positive, DeSanders used the temporary closure time to make cosmetic renovations to the restaurant and improvements he had wanted to do for some time. Major improvements were made to the bar as well as new flooring, lighting and paint. Tables received new cushions, vinyl and DeSanders personally restored, finished and stained all the wood trim improving the overall presentation of the restaurant.

“We made the best of the opportunity to do what we have envisioned for several years,” DeSanders said. “We are just happy to be re-open for our customers and be able to give the employees their jobs back.”

The steakhouse re-opened its doors Wednesday, Feb., 11, and is once again fully functional.