The line stretched into the gravel parking lot here on Sunday morning.
People arrived in or on red Corvettes, black choppers, white sedans and silver pickups to eat, to socialize, to support.
It took a good 90 minutes for some to inch into the El Dorado Cafe, six miles shy of Placerville, the scent of Eggs Benedict, coffee and triumph emanating into the crisp air. They arrived from Galt, Woodland, Elk Grove, Rocklin and beyond.
“Well worth the wait!” one customer said upon exiting the eatery, followed by another who chanted, “USA! USA! USA!”
Restaurant owner Cherie Baldridge on Friday announced on her Facebook page that she would reopen for full dining-room service for the weekend and beyond. The white board that greets customers by the front door reads, “Welcome back. We are here to stay!”