“It’s just such an important part of the community,” Kizziah said.
The Frosty Mug has been in operation for more than 50 years.
The three friends — Kizziah, Paulette Murray and J.J. Lovingood — signed the papers to purchase the restaurant on April 28, 2011.
Though they were unable to reopen the drive-in to serve food directly after the storm, the owners donated the Frosty Mug’s storage to organizers of the relief effort in Sipsey. The building was used as a separate storage facility for volunteers with the Argo Fire Department, who provided food, clothes and other items to residents dealing with the aftermath of the tornadoes.
Throughout the last year, the owners of the Frosty Mug have made major renovations, leaving their day jobs to work another eight hours cleaning and painting. They have replaced the walls, the windows, the floors and have installed all new appliances for the kitchen.
“We gave it a really good face lift,” Kizziah said.
Several of the original staff members of the Frosty Mug stayed to help with renovations. Kizziah said the workers were so dedicated to the drive-in that the three owners decided to keep them on the payroll.
Despite the renovations, the owners say they have worked to keep the 1950s, drive-in decorum of the restaurant.
Kizziah also said that they have worked to maintain the patrons who have supported the town landmark for generations.
“We have some customers that we just can’t thank them enough,” Kizziah said.
She added that the property the Frosty Mug sits on is a historical landmark, too. According to Kizziah, the Union soldiers led a Confederate POW to the banks of the Black Warrior River and told him he would be free if he could make it across the river.
She said the soldier was indeed able to ford the river, winning his freedom and showing Union soldiers a decent spot to cross the Black Warrior. The spot in which the soldier landed is now on the property line of the Frosty Mug.
The new owners of the Frosty Mug plan to hold a celebration at the restaurant on Saturday to commemorate the first anniversary of the new management.
“We’ve really enjoyed this first year because the people have made us feel so comfortable,” Kizziah said.
She said the owners plan to have an inflatable bouncing house for kids, and they will introduce funnel fries — french fries made from funnel cake batter.
The celebration will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
“We just want everybody to come out and let us say thank you,” Kizziah said.