Bottom of the 9th, 2 outs, bases loaded, and down by 2. That is how we felt Saturday, May 6th at 4:00p.m. We were getting the last piece of equipment in about that time, and folks were already waiting at the door to eat when we opened at 4:30. We were booked to the limit with reservations and short on staff. All the major aspects of the kitchen were in place,(mind you we hadn’t even had a chance to work with them yet) and things were thrown everywhere. But, we made it and I would have called the game that evening a narrow win at best. All of my players were worn out, physically and mentally from a week of complete overwhelming stress and hard work. Not to mention the game (re-opening) had already been postponed 2 days due to circumstances beyond our control. We were not going to let our customers down one more night, we were determined.

Now it’s all in our rear-view mirror and we couldn’t be happier. We have been operating on half working equipment for far too long in a space that was far too small. Now we have so much room that we’re not use to, and that is a new challenge within itself. It’s one we are willing to get use too. The planning of our new kitchen has been going on since June of last year, with many obstacles along the way. Though it’s not something you the customer can physically see, it is a transformation that was done because you, our honored guest.  We knew it was time to do whatever it took to make your experience much more timely and consistent. It will also make our job a little easier. We are still not completely finished with getting everything put where it needs to be, and some of our small equipment is still not in. When it is all done, I will post a update of our finished kitchen.

Now it’s on to the next phase. As this is being written, we have men outside, building scaffolding around the chimney. Although Pop’s is not thrilled that his chimney will be covered up by the addition, it will certainly be spotlighted on the inside of the Mercantile. The chimney will have to be raised about 9 feet in order to clear the roof line of the new structure. Also as we write, Pop’s is outside in the gazebo putting up hand railings around the outer edge. He will soon have help building a “Cupola” for the top of the gazebo to finish things off and landscaping will begin. The possibilities of all the different types of outdoor events this massive structure can host are endless and will be a perfect addition to the farm.

Over the last 6 years we’ve seen numerous people from outside Princeton come to our town. We see the potential that our little farm and our home town has to continue to draw more and more people. Our goal is to not only have a restaurant with great food but other entertainment possibilities as well. We want to give folks “MORE” reason to visit Princeton because we know all it has to offer.

Lastly, thanks to everyone for being patient with us this past week and we’ll ask for continued patience as well. Long about August 22 we can take a collective sigh of relief that the work is completed and we can begin gearing toward the upcoming holiday season. It will be our first with the Mercantile and I promise it will be worth the drive to see all our offerings. Until then, thanks for reading and we’ll keep you updated.

All that is to come!


Scott & Kristina