A restaurant serving breakfast and lunch has opened in Salem.
Brian Guthrie opened Sixth Street Cafe a few weeks ago in the building where Miss Kitty’s Cafe closed. Guthrie owns a flooring business next to the restaurant.
The menu includes typical breakfast fare such as bacon and eggs, and for lunch customers will find sandwiches, hamburgers and hotdogs on the menu. The restaurant also has a daily lunch special, such as steak and gravy with a roll.
The restaurant is small at 900 square-foot, and can only seat 19 people at a time.
Gurthrie spent about $15,000 of his savings to open the restaurant. He bought some of the kitchen equipment from the previous restaurant owner and is leasing the building. He also saved money by doing interior renovations himself. He painted, installed a new counter, tile floors and new oak cabinets.
Guthrie also cut costs by finding pieces of equipment on government auction sites. He purchased a grill for $565 through an auction site, he said. The grill had been in a kitchen at to the University of Tennessee.
Guthrie, 52, has owned Guthrie Floor Sanding and Refinishing for 27 years. He is still operating that business, but said it is labor intensive and would like to retire from the flooring business if all goes well with the restaurant.
The restaurant is located at 217 E. Sixth Street and is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.