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Family Gatherings to fill void after Priceville restaurant closes

By Ronnie Thomas · 340-2438

PRICEVILLE — Owners of The Portugue Restaurant in the Priceville Business Center on Alabama 67 weren’t able to sustain the business, but the building wasn’t vacant long.

Friday, Family Gatherings Restaurant is set to open at 4:30 a.m. for breakfast, followed by lunch and dinner, according to owner Jane Massa of Arab.

“We’ll be buffet-style for all three meals, and for our first week, coffee, soft drinks and tea are free,” she said. “Also, breakfast for the first week is a $3.99 special, including eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, hash browns, gravy, grits, biscuits, chocolate gravy and pancakes. We’ll serve only one type food all day, and that’s plain old Southern cooking.”

Massa said she will change the menus for lunch and dinner daily.

She named the restaurant appropriately because it is a family effort. She said her daughter, Sharon Campbell, and granddaughter, Amber Campbell, of Morgan City will assist. Amber is a senior at Brewer High School.

Also helping is Massa’s brother, George Cannon of Somerville. Massa and Cannon will cook.

And assisting during the first week to get the restaurant running are Massa’s sisters, Ann Turner and Judy Ransom, both of Athens.

“We’re anxious to get going so we can gauge our business,” she said. “I’m not sure if we’ll be open seven days. We’re just going to try to stay open and see how it goes.”

Massa said she has worked in restaurants but has never managed one.

“It’ll be a new adventure from that respect,” she said. “I just hope we’ll have a parade of customers who will enjoy what we provide.”

Massa said she decided to come to Priceville after looking at the building and deciding it had almost everything she needed for a start-up.

For more information, phone 341-5906.

Town Clerk Kelly Dean said The Portugue closed at the end of January.

“We got a call from the owner in California, who wanted to clear the sewer bill, telling us she was closing,” Dean said.

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