Sign relighting heralds return of Glenn's Cafe

The Glenn's Cafe sign lights up Columbia's streets Friday for the first time in more than a decade.

A small knot of customers cheered as Glenn's Cafe relit its historic sign in Columbia Friday for the first time in more than a decade.

Friday night's brief ceremony marks the conclusion of a long odyssey for the restaurant, a fixture on Columbia's culinary scene from the early 1940s until its closing in 2002. Executive chef Stephen Cupp reopened the restaurant at Boonville's Hotel Frederick in 2006 before moving back to Columbia and into the Tiger Hotel in late 2013. Cupp told KRCG 13 he was happy to be back in Columbia. He said longtime customers will see slightly more upscale and modern decor but largely the same menu they are used to.

"We hope that our old customers will help put the word of mouth out there that we give you an honest plate of food for your money," he said.

According to the cafe's website, the restaurant originally sat on what is now Business Loop 70. Between 1988 and 2002, it was located on the corner of 9th and Cherry, the space now occupied by Kaldi's Coffee.