Addy, Tracy, Jim and Hannah Jensen stand in the bar area of the old BJ’s Bar & Grill and most recently, Fajitas, where they are working to tear out and replace outdated walls and other decor. The family is looking to recreate an old-time diner feel with their new business, The Filling Station.
She’s taken care of people for a very long time as a CNA and an LPN.
Tracy Jensen of Trent, however, has long dreamed of taking care of people through their tummies, serving up the best home-cooked meals they might ever have.
So when she and her husband Jim saw the former Fajitas Bar & Grill for sale, they jumped at the chance.
“Being an LPN, you have to do certain things, and it’s just been to the point I feel like there’s another direction God is putting me to. I feel like he now wants me to take care of people stomach-wise,” said Jensen.
The couple plans to open an old-time style diner called The Filling Station in the former BJ’s and Fajitas spaces on Wind Street in downtown Flandreau. The goal is to have the place open by the holidays or as quickly thereafter as possible.
They have their work cut out for them. The two, along with daughters Addy and Hannah, were ripping out walls when we caught up with them just a week ago.
The building, built in 1915, needs some updates along with the decor they hope gives it a new, but old-time diner feel.
The kitchen, though, is all but ready to go.
“We’ve been trying to get several places in Dell Rapids. There was also a bar in Egan that we tried to get at one time. So this has been a dream that we’ve had for quite awhile. Nothing until now has ever worked out,” she said.
“I want home-cooked food, I want the experience of people talking to each other without the phone. That’s been my dream for a long time. I want them to go back in time where life is simple.”
Jim owns a mechanic shop in Dell Rapids where he will continue to work. Jensen, who only recently started working in the kitchen for Steve’s Bar & Grill in Trent, said that for now, she will be doing all she can to get up and running but she is looking for staff to come on board.