FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) - In the last few years most of what has been reported about restaurants is them closing either because of COVID-19 or increasing property prices.

A classic spot has reopened after a 2.5-year hiatus.

Keeping a restaurant open isn’t easy when the landlord keeps raising the rent.

Kellye King closed Halfway Market and Diner 2.5 years ago because of that. She always figured it would be temporary.

Her response to it all was simple, “Oh no, never give up. Never give up. We knew we’d be back.”

That’s what made Monday so special. After 30 months, the open sign came back on. Husband Paul was back cooking and cheeseburgers, catfish and conversation were all back on the menu.

They moved two blocks to West Main and Hill, fired up the grill and now just remember the past.

“Yes, we worked really hard then for 13 years,” King said.

The food is old fashioned. So too is the spirit.

“Well, you just love people and that does it all,” King said. “Some say it even makes the food taste better. Everyone loves everyone around here.”

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Terry Bulger has been bringing you stories of the people and places that make Tennessee unique and interesting on News4 since 1990. Contact Terry if you have an interesting community story for him to cover.

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