Regular customers have enjoyed Lenny’s Restaurant, 23418 Three Notch Road, California, for 56 years. Moms, dads, granddads, uncles, kids. Everybody came to Lenny’s,

Dan and Robyn Rebarchick in the
remodeled bar at Lenny’s.

generation after generation. “If you left Lexington Park, you went to Lenny’s or out of town,” said third-generation owner Dan Rebarchick, who earlier this spring decided Lenny’s needed a facelift. .

Staying in business is about keeping relationships but being current, he said explaining he closed the restaurant for five months of remodeling. Lenny’s reopened yesterday, with customers seeing a brighter, more current look highlighted with some nostalgia.

“It is like our customers are coming back to a new house that is still their home,” Rebarchick added, noting the remodeled restaurant has a separate bar and front dining room in an area where the two functions were previously combined. The original fireplace is still in the St. Mary’s Room, but walls have been restored and freshly painted.

“When renovating a building this old you uncover things,” Rebarchick said. “When you open a wall, you don’t know what you’ll find inside. There was a photo of my dad, my grandfather and my grandfather’s siblings inside one wall,” he smiled, sharing he had also had to replace the entire floor in the front dining room. Lenny’s menu, on the other hand, is as good as ever.

The restaurant specializes in seafood, steaks and prime rib – casual dining at fair prices. Everything is made from scratch using fresh ingredients. Lenny’s cuts its own beef and nobody ever opens a plastic bag and microwaves its content.

The bar stocks 12 beers on tap, and for lunch, customers can choose one of three Reuben sandwiches: corned beef, turkey and the famous burger – sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing on pumpernickel.

“I love to cook and make people happy, Rebarchick, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., said. “I hope our regular customers will enjoy the changes at Lenny’s and come back soon.

“Welcome,” he said to new customers. “I hope you’ll become a regular.”

Lenny’s is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with brunch served from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (301) 737-0777.