Déjà Vu to hold grand re-opening next week

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It’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the owners and staff at the new location of Déjà Vu.

“Our first three months were growing pains and learning,” said Brandon Richardson, co-owner of Déjà Vu restaurant along with his wife Tammy. “Now everything’s good. We try and have lunch in 15 minutes and then we try for supper half an hour or less. At the beginning it was quite a long wait.”

The restaurant opened in its new location on March 1. Next week, from Monday to Saturday, the restaurant will hold its grand re-opening at its new location across the street at 23 High St. E.

There will be lunch specials featuring a chicken wrap, boneless strips or boneless dry ribs with homemade fries or soup. After 4 p.m., kids will eat free with the purchase of an adult meal. There will also be prizes and giveaways.

“We’re just celebrating the new location,” said Richardson. “After this is up and running, we’re going to start franchising.”

The decision to begin franchising the restaurant comes as the third phase in a set of goals. The first was to build a successful restaurant. The second was to “buy our own building so we can gain equity,” he said. The third goal to work on next is franchising.

Some of the potential locations that have shown interest include Regina, Saskatoon, Estevan and Medicine Hat.

“We were on You Gotta Eat Here, (on the Food Network). That helped out,” said Richardson.

Since buying the former Dutch Bakery building, he added everything has been “awesome.”

“We’re getting air conditioning hooked up Friday,” he said. “Then we’re good to go.”

The previous location across the street had 50 seats while the new location has 80 seats.

“We have a new front milkshake and ice cream area,” said Richardson. “We have a much larger kitchen, probably about eight times larger.”

After purchasing the building, it was gutted and all electrical work, plumbing and heating is new.

“Everything’s brand new except for the booths and the tables and chairs,” said Richardson. “We didn’t want to change the look… Everything turned out great.”

Some elements from Dutch Bakery still remain in the restaurant.

“We kept some of the old Dutch Bakery. In our overflow room, we have the original Dutch Bakery floor. “We have a couple more old pictures of the Dutch Bakery. It’s a very strong 110-year-old building, that’s for sure.”

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Organizations: Déjà Vu, Dutch Bakery

Geographic location: Saskatoon, Medicine Hat

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