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Weidmann's: The last hours of a Meridian institution

By Staff
END OF AN ERA  Poo Chancellor, left, and his wife, Gloria, close the door on an era by locking the front door of Weidmann's Restaurant on Thursday. The restaurant, owned and managed by direct descendants of the Weidmann family since 1870, has been sold to a group of investors and will undergo extensive renovation over the next nine months. Photo by Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
By Fredie Carmichael/The Meridian Star
Oct. 5, 2001
Some customers left with tears in their eyes, others had smiles on their faces.
But everyone who ate lunch at Weidmann's, Meridian's landmark downtown restaurant, on Thursday did so for the last time. New owners plan to open a refurbished restaurant at the 22nd Avenue site in about nine months.
A group of local investors is finalizing its purchase of the 131-year-old restaurant and formal paperwork for the sale is expected to be final next week. The investors are expected to retain rights to the name "Weidmann's" and hope their project becomes a centerpiece of downtown revitalization.
Ending a tradition
Father and son Jack and John Stack ate lunch at Weidmann's nearly every day for the last 30 years. And they always sat at the same table affectionately referred to by restaurant workers as the "Stack Table."
John Stack, a business professor at Mississippi State University-Meridian Campus, gave his father the lunch bill for last time on Thursday.
Jack Stack said he hasn't had a chance to think about where he and son will eat lunch now.
Looking back
Many customers who left through Weidmann's glass-and-wood double doors hesitated for a moment before leaving, peering back into the restaurant for one last glimpse of history.
Dennis Warren, the voice of Meridian High's Wildcat football team, has been a Weidmann's regular for 20 years. After eating lunch, Warren stared at the front door and remembered the first time he ate there.
Fredie Carmichael is a staff writer for The Meridian Star. Call him at 693-1551, ext. 3228, or e-mail him at fcarmichael@themeridianstar.com.

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