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Restaurant celebrates 100 years

By: Cheryl Glassford Email
By: Cheryl Glassford Email

Their long-time customers just keep coming back.

"It's just good food," said Ralph Covington.

Covington has seen Georgetown grow in his 86 years, but one place seems to have always been around - Fava's Restaurant.

"They treat you real nice, like family," said Covington.

Celebrating it's anniversary Thursday, the popular downtown restaurant opened in 1910, starting as a confectionery.

The original owner was Italian immigrant Louie Fava.

"We're trying to keep the old with the new," said Jeni Gruchow.

Jeni and her husband Howard Gruchow are the owners now.

"We serve plate lunches, some southern dishes," said Jeni.

"It's a place where everyone wants to be," said Howard.

Although a lot has changed outside of the restaurant over the past 100 years, not much has changed on the inside.

The ceiling and tile are the originals.

The old bar has been removed, but remembered with a mural on the wall.

"They say the round tables are where a lot of decisions were made," said Jeni, "there's a lot of history."

The owners say they believe they and those who came before them knew the secrets to having a successful restaurant - persistence and personality.

"Making people feel comfortable and at home," Howard said.

They hope Fava's will continue to be around..for another hundred years.

"Not rushing people, letting them come in and relax," said Howard, "that's the future of Fava's."

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