Community Helps Demi’s Make Comeback


Looking at the brick and glass facade of Demi’s Diner in Nokomis on Aug. 2, it is hard to believe that the beloved restaurant was surrounded in rubble less than four months earlier.

But that was the case after the front of the building at 109 West State Street collapsed just after midnight on Wednesday, April 14, leaving it’s owners, Jesse and Sue Sadiku, jarred beyond belief.

“Just like everybody else, we were in shock. We were like what do we do, where do we go?” Jesse Sadiku said.

But instead of letting the business crumble like the bricks in front of the building, the Sadiku’s decided to rebuild, with the help of their community.

“I’m 72 years old, my wife is 58. We didn’t have many choices really. But we chose to stick it out here,” Sadiku said. “It’s the people and not only in Nokomis. We’ve had great support from Hillsboro and from other surrounding communities, even as far as Springfield. They have poured in support, moral, financial and whatever they could.”

Fundraisers were held for the family, including special Montgomery County Bicentennial T-Shirts created by JoAnna Marley of Capital A Creations. The Sadiku’s also received funding from the city through it’s business district redevelopment plan.

The complete community effort made reopening of Demi’s Diner a reality in just 110 short days, with patrons already eager to visit for breakfast and lunch on Aug. 2.

“I can’t say enough about this area around here. Something like that is hard to fight alone, but everyone supported us and here we are. This is the proof.”

Located at 109 West State Street in Nokomis, Demi’s Diner is open seven days a week, from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.


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