Weidmann's Opens Again

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

From the outside, Weidmann's looks about the same. But inside the atmosphere is alive. Many enjoying this first lunch say they have been hoping for this day.

"The atmosphere is much better. The food is excellent. A lot of the old Weidmann's people are here," said Meridian resident Dick Simmons. "James, who a lot of people know, is back there cooking and service is just tremendous."

James Watson worked at the old Weidmann's for over 20 years and says he's glad to be back home.

"They were looking for originality and I needed a job, plain and simple," Watson said.

But it's not just original staff like James and Pamela that new owner Charles Frazier has brought back. He has touched up the atmosphere by adding
hardwood floors, knocking out the back wall to create the lunch counter and putting back peanut butter jars that patrons liked. However the new ones are changed with every table.

And then there's the menu, which wouldn't be compete without homemade black bottom pie.

"The menu has gone back to a lot of the old Weidmann's," said Frazier. "We've have veggie plates, shrimp remoulade, sandwiches, salads, lots of good fresh items. Price points are a lot of accessible and that is what we are tying to do. Welcome them back in and show them they can afford to eat here several times a week."

The restaurant will be open for lunch-only this week, and next week will also be open for supper.

And just like in the old days at Weidmann's, if you clean your plate, you can pick a piece of candy from the treasure chest, a gift to Frazier from the mayor.


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  • by wildman Location: Meridian on Aug 2, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    If you have to define the acronym then you should not use it.
  • by Mary Location: Meridian on Jul 30, 2010 at 03:42 AM
    I totally agree with Observer. Thank you for labeling these people who want to see everything fail in Meridian. CAVE people ( Citizens Against Virtually Everything ). Dear CAVE people, please leave Meridian.
  • by Amazed Location: Meridian on Jul 29, 2010 at 06:13 AM
    I brought my lunch to work today, as I do several days a week. Yesterday I had the grilled catfish, green beans, fried green tomatoes and cornbread at Weidmann's for a delicious $7.95! Someone else at my table had the muffuletta for about $7 and it was HUGE! So huge a teenage boy built like a football player couldn't eat it all! Best of luck to you Weidmann's! And please ignore the people who would rather sit at home and gripe than get out and support local stuff!
  • by Wynne on Jul 28, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    That's wonderful, I was in Sage Coffee and Books one day when some out-of-state visitors asked us where to find the famous Weidmann's. I hope they do well!
  • by Observer Location: Meridian on Jul 28, 2010 at 01:55 PM
    Here come the CAVE people (Citizens Against Virtually Everything).
  • by eoe Location: Meridian on Jul 27, 2010 at 05:58 PM
    In this economy only an idiot is going to this place for lunch. Smart people are taking their lunch to work. Glad to see there are some idiots eating lunch at this place. A fool and their money will soon part.
  • by Pogo Location: Mdn on Jul 27, 2010 at 03:49 PM
    I'm looking forward to it. We love Crescent City Grill. I hope there will be an option to eating on the sidewalk too during decent temps.
  • by Suzanne Location: Meridian on Jul 27, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    Does anyone know if I can find a new menu and serving hours online to share with folks from out of town?
  • by J.R. Location: Meridian on Jul 27, 2010 at 05:01 AM
    I've eaten at Weidmann's in it's previous incarnation. The food was fantastic, but the price put it out of reach except for "extra special" occasions, which in our case was once in a blue moon. I can't wait to go back and try it again. If the price is reasonable and the food is good, I'll gladly go there rather than down to one of those places on the Frontage Road.
  • by Meridianite Location: here on Jul 26, 2010 at 05:41 PM
    This is GREAT news! I am eager to get over there and check it out myself.
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