At Novak’s, it’s now a matter of days – Hasso Hering


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At Novak’s, it’s now a matter of days

Written March 3rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

On the afternoon of March 1, the restaurant was still closed.

Judging by Novak’s following on Facebook, lots of people in the mid-valley have been waiting for the Hungarian restaurant in downtown Albany to reopen. For them, the wait is almost over.

Karen Novak had told me earlier she intended to reopen by Feb. 27, the one-year anniversary of the basement fire that forced the family business to shut down for what proved to be difficult repairs. The project ran into one thing after another and took way longer than originally expected.

When the anniversary came and went, I inquired about a new date.

“One week later,” Karen texted back. “March 5th, hopefully quietly.”

Eight hundred and thirty people “liked” a recent Novak’s Facebook post that said the business was in the “home stretch” and announced it would be “reopening soon.”

So the hope for a quiet opening? That might be a forlorn hope indeed. (hh)

Postscript: And yes, the restaurant opened to the public on Thursday. And when I looked Thursday evening, the place appeared to be full.

6 responses to “At Novak’s, it’s now a matter of days”

  1. J. Jacobson says:

    The Corvallis City Council just fixed/changed/modified their municipal code regarding ADUs. Perhaps Albany City Council should take a Field Trip to Corvallis and learn how governance is done. The GAPS Little Yellow Bus could carry the entire cast, saving money, resources and the environment.

    • centrist says:

      JH et al
      Might consider a comment pertinent to the story.
      Mayhap you caught the wrong bus.

  2. Patricia Eich says:

    Happy to hear that. We have been eagerly anticipating the reopening.

  3. centrist says:

    Good to hear that Novak’s is close to reopening

  4. Richard Vannice says:

    THEY ARE OPEN – we had lunch their on Thursday the 5th of March.
    The interior is fresh and really looks nice. Food an service still up to the standards initiated by Mamma and Pappa.

  5. Marcie Howard says:

    Welcome back, Novak’s! We’ve missed you!


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