It's been 10 months of anticipation and now the Garland District is complete again: Ferguson's is open for business.
Last September, both Ferguson's and The Milk Bottle were destroyed by fire. In May, The Milk Bottle reopened and now Ferguson's quietly opened Monday morning.
“It's a legend in this neighborhood,” long-time customer Ann Robertson said.
What would New York be without the Statue of Liberty? Or Seattle without the Space Needle?
“I've been walking by here looking in the window,” Robertson said.
And what would the Garland District be without Ferguson's? The iconic restaurant is finally back in business. Owner Dave Jones has meticulously rebuilt the restaurant where childhood memories are made.
“I've been here since I was a little kid, they haven't, but I have since I was a little kid,” Steve Cumbie said, pointing to his two children.
It's a place, Robertson and her husband Bob say, is worth 60 years of dates.
“It's like coming home it really is,” Robertson said.
For Jones, it's a return to what he knows best.
“Back to a regular life and also all my friends that I'm working with are here and all the customers that I've known for years are coming in so yeah, it's great,” Jones said.
Nothing much has changed at Ferguson's; the booths are still yellow, 1960s tunes still play and the food is still hot. The Garland District, and its fans, are whole again.