ITHACA, N.Y. — On Thursday, a ribbon cutting is happening to honor the reopening of Simeon’s on the Ithaca Commons.

Th restaurant officially reopened on Aug. 26, opening its doors to the public for the first time in more than two years. In 2014, a tractor-trailer pulling vehicles crashed into the restaurant, killing Lansing woman Amanda Bush and injuring others. On opening night, flowers were arranged near a subtle plaque by the bar stating, “Our dearest Amanda, When you found Simeon’s you found a family and we gained a daughter, a sister and a friend. Your beautiful spirit is our continued inspiration as you are always remembered — never forgotten! We cherish our memories and love you forever.”

Previously, Manager Hope Smith said around one-third of the former employees were slated to return to the restaurant — about eight in the front of house positions and about four in the back of house.

The ceremony is happening on from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday. A news release from the Downtown Ithaca Alliance stated that attendees will get the chance to hear from owners Dean Zervos and Rich Avery about new offering at the restaurant, including the newly added Oyster Room. Mayor Svante Myrick is scheduled to speak around 10:45 p.m.

Check out the photos below from the Simeon’s opening night.

All photos by Mike Blaney/The Ithaca Voice.

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