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Election party to be held at Rexall

DULUTH -- Gwinnett's maligned Rexall Grill will open next week -- at least for one night.

The grill, which was closed last month by the state for failure to pay sales taxes, will be the site of the Election Night party for Duluth congressional candidate Jef Fincher.

"As a long-time member of this neighborhood, Jef Fincher understands and appreciates the importance of familiar places where individuals can come together and reconnect, unwind, and get to know one another," Fincher's campaign said in a press release about the 41-year-old community fixture.

Linda Alley, who owns the adjoining Rexall Drugs and the name and location of the grill, said she hopes to reopen the restaurant as soon as possible under her own business license. She purchased much of the food and fixtures (on top of the ones she already owned) during a state auction last week. Fincher said those chairs and tables will be available from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. as he and supporters gather to watch election returns.

Fincher's wife Kathy said she wanted to make sure state Rep. Brooks Coleman, who has held Saturday morning town hall meetings at the location for years, is "at home."