Ind. BBQ joint helps out ousted breakfast eatery


RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — The owners of an eastern Indiana restaurant have opened its doors and kitchen to a popular breakfast joint temporarily driven from its longtime location by an unsafe wall.

Paulee Restaurant closed its doors Dec. 24 after a brick wall it shares with an adjoining Richmond business was found to be in danger of collapse.

But the owners of the Firehouse BBQ & Blues opened their doors to Paulee's, allowing the eatery to use its space starting Monday until the wall is repaired.

Firehouse BBQ & Blues serves lunch and dinner. Co-owner Tom Broyles tells the Palladium-Item ( ) he feels good about allowing the breakfast eatery — which has been a fixture in Richmond since it opened 1948 — to use its space.

"So many times when something happens you feel like you want to do something, but you can't. We're just glad we've been able to be part of coming up with a solution," Broyles said.

The Firehouse installed a counter for Paulee's customers, who can also use the restaurant's tables. The two restaurants began sharing space and a kitchen Monday.

Jenny Orbik, who runs Paulee's with her son, Josh, said she was amazed by the Firehouse's act of generosity.

"It was just overwhelming to think that someone would go to that extreme to help another business," she said.

Orbik said she offered to pay rent to Firehouse but the owners said there would be no rent needed.

Paulee's will operate at the Firehouse location from 5 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday for the foreseeable future, ending its breakfast service before Firehouse opens for lunch.

"We've just told them they can stay as long as they need to," Broyle said.

Orbik said working in the new space will require some adjustments on her part. Because she will be at the counter and her son in the kitchen, she said the eatery will need written order tickets for the first time in its history. The new layout will mean other changes as well, but Orbik said she's not worried.

"We're just glad to get back to working, serving the people," she said. "We'll make it work."

Broyles said he and Firehouse co-owner Rick Bolen admire Paulee's longevity. Their restaurant is relatively new, having opened in January 2102.

"We've been (running a restaurant) for a year and have just been astonished about how hard it is to keep going. Paulee's has been around so long," he said. "We just have so much respect for that."


Information from: Palladium-Item,

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