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New Weidmann's owners committed to success

By Staff
BUSY LUNCH Willie McGehee, left, head chef at Weidmann's, and Meridian businessman Fred Wile stand in the dining room of the downtown restaurant Thursday during a busy lunch. Wile and his wife are the restaurant's new owners. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
Oct. 15, 2004
Meridian businessman Fred Wile and his wife, Sissie, are now the owners of Weidmann's a historic downtown restaurant.
Wile purchased the business from Jackson restaurateur Nick Apostle last month when Apostle decided he wanted to sell the eatery. Wile will lease the building from Weidmann's Square LLC, the group of 58 local investors who initially put up the money to remodel the downtown landmark which opened in 1870.
Weidmann's has been a popular Meridian fixture for more than 100 years. It was owned and managed by descendants of the Weidmann family from the day it opened in 1870 until the day it was sold to the group of local investors in 2001.
The investors each put up about $20,000 to renovate the 22nd Avenue building. Lauderdale County native and Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward was one of the people who spearheaded the renovation efforts.
Weidmann's closed in October 2001. After months of work on the interior, the downstairs dining room was reopened in January 2003 followed by the second floor lounge a short time later.
Wile, who also was one of the investors, said he is committed to making Weidmann's a success.
Wile said one of their goals is to mix some of the "old Weidmann's" in with the new decor.
Some of the changes Wile plans to make will be to the menu. Other changes, he said, will be to the restaurant's appearance.

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