GREENE – After a brief hiatus, Mike Zimmer is back in the kitchen at Baron’s Inn, cooking up the classic dishes which have made the restaurant a favorite among area residents since 1987.
“There is a lot of history in Baron’s, as a restaurant and gathering place for local residents,” said Zimmer, who took back the Greene restaurant in October after leasing the establishment to another operator for a little over a year.
After spending day and night at the restaurant for more than 20 years, Zimmer had been ready for a break. But when it became clear that the lease would not be renewed, the long-time Smithville resident said taking it back seemed like the natural thing to do.
“I love cooking,” he explained. “I love feeding the people.”
Before re-opening, however, he and his staff decided that a remodel was in order. Lucky for Zimmer that Dolores Nabinger - who has served as his right hand, overseeing both banquets and bookkeeping for well over a decade - also has something of a knack for decorating.