Ribbon cutting held for Momma Joe’s

Published 10:21 am Friday, December 1, 2023

The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Momma Joe’s restaurant in Valley. 

Owner Darrell Dunn said he looks forward to serving the community at 1100 Boulevard for years to come. 

“I just plan on being here to serve the community … Give them good food, nice eating and dining for as long as I can,” Dunn said

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The restaurant had its grand opening on Nov. 14. They had a soft opening the day before where they hosted city officials, the police department and the GVACC. 

Valley Mayor Leonard Riley attended the ribbon cutting to show his support. Dunn said he was grateful for the support that he’s received from the city. 

Dunn first worked for another restaurant at a truck stop that closed. He said he saw the building many times, and it was his dream to buy it for himself. When the former restaurant closed, he was prompted to take a leap of faith to provide for his family.

The building had been empty for a year when Dunn purchased it and began his renovations. Riley said he was glad to welcome the new business to the city.

“We want you to be successful, and we’re going to help you be successful,” he said.

However, the renovation was a huge undertaking. Dunn said it took a lot of hard work to get the building ready to open. 

Still, GVACC Director Carrie Wood said Dunn did a great job upgrading the space. 

“It’s a beautiful location,” Wood said during the ceremony. “You did a great job of revamping it.”

Now, the restaurant has opened and the positive reviews were a highlight of the ribbon cutting. Riley welcomed Dunn to the community. He praised Momma Joe’s food.

“I’ve had the food here, and folks, it’s good,” Riley said during the ceremony.

Dunn thanked the community and city for their support. He said he was grateful for the hard work of his employees in getting the restaurant up and running as well.

“I just want to thank all my supporters — each and every one,” He said. “If there’s ever anything that I can do, please come in and let me know.”

Now that he has opened his own restaurant, Dunn said anyone who is 80 years old or older can dine at Momma Joe’s for free. All they need to do is come in with their identification. 

“I want to tend to my elderly,” Dunn said. 

He said the older generation of the community has done so much, and he hopes to give back to them in this way. 

Dunn also provides a Thanksgiving meal for the community every year free of charge. He said he accepts donations which go toward helping serve the community.