It didn’t take long for the shell of NuMaude’s restaurant to come down Monday afternoon. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
It didn’t take long for the shell of NuMaude’s restaurant to come down Monday afternoon. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — NuMaude’s may be gone but it will not be forgotten.

The Rev. Rich and Mallory Rakay tried to save the old restaurant many from near and far remember from childhood.

“As we got in there, the second floor didn’t meet the new codes and repairs to a support wall were very expensive,” Rich Rakay said. “It was just more cost effective to tear it down and start over. We are trying to do this as debt-free as possible. We loved the old building and what everyone has shared about it but we just couldn’t save it.”

Those who patronize The Noble Goose Bakehouse, the establishment that will be built on the lot just east of 4K Tire, will see benches and tables and more made from reclaimed wood from NuMaude’s.

“We wanted to use it in some creative way in the new space so people would feel like it was a part of they remember and the feeling it gives them,” Rakay said.

Mallory Rakay resigned as a pharmacists in April to concentrate on her craft and hasn’t looked back, according to her husband.

“She feels like this is her niche,” he said. “She has been busy with farmers markets in Lima, Bluffton, Findlay and Delphos and supplying the Topp Chalet with pies and other baked goods to Coffee Amor in Lima and Wapakoneta. She is very busy.”

The plan for The Noble Goose is to create an inviting atmosphere.

“We want to create space for people to gather for fellowship. They can get a coffee and a pastry and feel at home,” Rakay said. “We want to provide that space.”

Rakay said the couple is in it for the long haul and they appreciate everyone’s patience.

“The community support has been just great,” he said. “It’s going to take us a while. We don’t have a time line. We just know we’re going to keep moving forward.”