Jarvis Brill returns to grill at Finishline Cafe after tragedy leading to temporary shutdown | Local

Jaci and Jarvis Brill pose on Jaci’s old hospital bed in Rapid City. Their restaurant, the Finishline Cafe, reopened on Saturday. It had been closed since Jaci was injured in a motorcycle accident in August.

A little less than two months after the temporary closure of the Finishline Café, its owners will reopen the community restaurant.

Saturday October 2 at 7 a.m. Owner / Chef Jarvis Brill will return to the kitchen with the help of his mother, daughter and friends. His wife, Jaci Brill, will greet guests via Facetime from her hospital bed at Regional West Rehab.

On August 7, the driver of an SUV collided with Jaci Brill’s motorcycle near Rapid City. The accident severely injured his legs, with lacerations from the thighs to the calves, requiring several blood transfusions and surgeries. It wasn’t until recently that the woman became stable enough to move from a hospital in Rapid City to Scottsbluff.

It will take even longer before she can leave the hospital. Jaci has been lying in bed for over 50 days straight.

“She’s going to have to learn to walk again,” said her husband Jarvis.

Jarvis was with Jaci, staying in their RV with their dogs, and didn’t return to Nebraska until Tuesday, September 26. When he returned, he needed to clean up the cafe and order new foods.

“We are delighted to be back,” he said. “We have missed our customers … it’s not like they’re just friends, they’re family.”

The Brills had run the restaurant, located just off 10th Street behind the Gering Dominoes, for 11 years. It’s a small establishment, with less than 50 seats, but they did it on their own. Finishline was their only source of income.

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