Cracker Barrel Reopens After Deadly Shooting

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BROOKLYN, Ohio -- The Cracker Barrel, where a Strongsville man shot his wife and two daughters, is now open for business.

The restaurant opened its doors at 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

As you can imagine, it was a tough morning for employees who had to walk through those doors for the very first time.  It was also a tough day for the loyal patrons.

"Quiet. Everybody's kinda quiet, that's all," said Danny Phillips, who described the atmosphere inside the restaurant on Tiedeman Road Tuesday morning.

He and his wife, Wilma, are regular patrons.

For them, going back to the scene of a double murder was mixed with emotion.

Wilma Phillips said, "Things happen so you just live with it, I guess."

It was just before dawn when employees reported back to work for the first time since April 12, the day Kevin Allen opened fire on his wife, Kate, and two daughters during a birthday celebration.

Kate and Keri, 9, were killed.

As of Tuesday evening, Kayla, 10, remained hospitalized but was making tremendous progress at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Kevin Allen was shot and killed by police inside the store when he refused to drop his weapon.  That store was completely renovated before Tuesday's reopening.

Workers declined comment, but Cracker Barrel spokesperson Julie Davis said employees were glad to see their regular guests and thanked the entire community through this difficult time.