Table Talk Restaurant on Duke Street was forced into a rare day of closure last week after a drunk driver drove through the front of eatery very early the morning of Wednesday, Aug. 28.
“They never hit their breaks,” owner Nick Kapetanakis said.
The driver came through the front window at the intersection of Duke Street and Holland Lane around 12:30 a.m., Kapetanakis said.
The accident caused enough damage to condemn the building.
Kapetanakis gathered the staff at the restaurant Wednesday morning and quickly began efforts to reopen the throwback diner that specializes on breakfast and lunchtime staples.
The front portion of the eatery was closed off as a result of the accident and the structure was later re-inspected and reopened for breakfast service Thursday morning.
“We’ve got to feed the good people of Alexandria,” Kapetanakis said. “We’ve just got to.”
Kapetanakis said it was just the second time Table Talk was forced to close, with the other time involving a death in the family. The restaurant opened in Alexandria in 1976.
Kapetanakis said the troublesome intersection of Duke and Holland has always been a bit of a concern.
“I called my dad, who was on vacation in Crete, to tell him someone drove into the restaurant,” Kapetanakis said. “He said ‘I’ve been waiting 38 years for that.’”