Mel-O-Dee Restaurant sets tentative date to reopen after tornado repairs

The Mel-O-Dee Restaurant in Park Layne near New Carlisle has set a tentative date to reopen after getting walloped in a storm that stirred up six confirmed tornadoes in the region on May 24. 

» RELATED: Beloved restaurant forced to close after damage from tornado 

» WATCH: 6 videos that show the intense storms 

The restaurant — now sporting an updated entrance and new paint color — is targeting June 26 to begin serving customers again, according to its Facebook page.  

» RELATED: Three tornadoes, zero injuries: ‘It’s a miracle,’ fire chief says 

Like a nearby Family Dollar and Sunoco gas station and others, the restaurant had to close and fix damage from the EF-1 tornado with winds up to 100 mph that stayed on the ground for up to four miles, according to the National Weather Service. 

The Mel-O-Dee opened in 1965 and is known for its broaster chicken and other dishes made from scratch. 

Repairs to the restaurant included the addition of two 10-ton air conditioning units lifted to the roof last week by a crane. The ceilings in the restaurant were removed and being replaced with new. 

» RELATED: Clark County businesses clean up after tornadoes cause major damage 

» PHOTOS: Storm damage to Mel-O-Dee restaurant in New Carlisle 

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