Dale’s Family Restaurant in Franklin Township remodels to offer a warm, industrial feel

Dennis Beikman, owner of Dale’s Family Restaurant, completely remodeled the business in July.
Dennis Beikman, owner of Dale’s Family Restaurant, completely remodeled the business in July.

Dale’s Family Restaurant has reopened for business. Closed during July, owner Dennis Beikman had the business completely remodeled, going for a warm, industrial design.

“I feel like there is nothing else around here like this,” Beikman said. “We wanted to bring a little of the Northside, downtown to the Southeast side that I’ve lived in my entire life. We’re trying to give our customers the atmosphere that they deserve. We’re also adding beer and wine, so it was a good time to make all of these changes. The business is doing well. I felt like we could go to the next level if we went ahead and put ourselves out there a little bit.”

Beikman said his favorite aspect of the remodel is the custom metal work that was created for the restaurant. Dan Newton of D&D Service Pros was contracted to complete the work, using reclaimed and recycled materials.

“My wife (Brandee) started dragging home pallets about a year ago and making crafts out of them,” Beikman said. “In December, when I started thinking about doing a remodel, I thought why not? The crafts look good, the restaurant will, too.”

Everything in the restaurant is new, from the floors, walls, furniture, kitchen equipment and installation of a bar. It reopened July 28.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the reaction on my customers’ faces,” Beikman said. “Everyone that’s seen it so far has liked it. I’m hoping they love it as much as we do. Ultimately that’s what it’s all about is the customers. They’ve been loyal to us, they’ve supported us and we want to do the same to them.”