I guess I need to be more observant on my daily commute, because I totally missed this even though I went right by Fresh Starts this morning. But thanks to Jerry McCoy from the SS Historical Society we found out about a car driving into Fresh Starts (8201 Fenton St) at some point during the night. For those not aware, this is mainly a breakfast/lunch place on the NE corner of Fenton St and Silver Spring Ave. I believe its hours are like 7AM-3PM, Mon-Sat.
And I'm not surprised at all given the devoted locals who frequent this establishment that they were still in there this morning eating breakfast amid the glass and debris. Probably had nice breeze.
Jerry points out that the door and windows (both damaged by the wreck) are original to the 1960s building. Let's hope the insurance kept by Fresh Starts will be sufficient so that these can be replaced in their original manner.
Fresh Starts is definitely a throw-back kinda place. Even though the neighborhood is undergoing some serious change I am hopeful they can remain in place. In my opinion places like this help keep the neighborhood real. We don't need to replace everything - all right, I could do with a few less Dominican braiding shops - but we definitely don't need to add chain stores to the Village. I hope those remain in the new development area. What we have south of that is so much more organic and it's unfortunate that those who don't live in the area miss this and often times only see the handiwork of the Peterson Company.
Now I really need to go to Fresh Starts so I can add a real post. It's wierd because while I was walking my dogs last night I was thinking I should check them out this Saturday morning. I wasn't sure if I would order food, but at least go in, order coffee, take a look at the menu. I don't want this blog only highlighting the higher end places in the 'hood. I want to include places such as this, the taqueria on Georgia, and old stand-by's like Vicino.
Thanks again Jerry and let's hope that Fresh Starts can get back on its feet.