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Historic Martin business reopens in time for Christmas

Historic Martin business reopens in time for Christmas
Historic Martin business reopens in time for Christmas | Olivia's Opera House Restaurant, Opera House, Olivia Adcock, Tammy Erwin

Olivia Adcock and Tammy Erwin
From one visionary’s dream of creating a fine dining experience in the heart of downtown Martin to a family’s reinvention of that dream, the historic building twice known as the Opera House will open its doors to the public once more.
With a change of ownership as well as menu selections, Olivia’s Opera House Restaurant still offers the same aesthetic appeal former Opera House customers knew and cherished. Under the guidance of former owner Brenda Ofenheusle, the historic structure took on its latest reincarnation as an upscale restaurant with replica punch-tin tile ceilings and brick interior walls that mimicked the earlier days of the building’s life. The building’s intricate and expensive renovation has been one of the cornerstones of Martin’s historical business district as the downtown undergoes an amazing reawakening. Other businesses are following the lead of The Opera House with renovations and ideas that will most likely change the face of the city’s center.
The building, which at one time housed an Otasco’s store, an antique mall, was the first building to house Wade’s Furniture and last served as Nunley’s Furniture Store housing the now-famous cane collection of Rev. R.C. Nunley which has been spotlighted around the state, has seen an incredible reconstruction over the past few years into the establishment it is today.
The building has an illustrious history, and the new owners are eager to bring it into a new phase.
Olivia Adcock, new manager of Olivia’s Opera House Restaurant, said she plans to offer family dining with entree prices ranging from $9 to $20.
With the grand opening less than a week away, employees are busy preparing the restaurant for its re-emergence as a fine dining establishment.
Menu items include something for all senses with appetizers, soups, salads and entrée choices of pork, chicken, pasta and beef.
The restaurant will be open form 4:30 until 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday with the bar and lounge open until the “last customer is satisfied.”
A new touch under Adcock’s tenure is patrons will also have an opportunity to book the second floor banquet hall for large-party special occasions.
Joseph Adcock will serve as head cook with Jessica Lovett responsible for the grill. Lovett’s restaurant history has garnered her awards throughout the area. Daniel Fitzgerald will manage the floor while Tammy Erwin, a former Las Vegas bartender, will be responsible for the lounge.
This Friday marks the opening of Olivia’s Opera House Restaurant at 214 S. Lindell St. in downtown Martin.
Offering a feast for the senses, the reinvention of an old staple promises to satisfy not only the culinary minded but those watching downtown Martin enter a renaissance period.
WCP 12.04.07

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