CORNING -  Popular local eatery Donna’s Restaurant commemorated its new location at 54 East Market Street Monday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that drew local dignitaries and a small crowd of supporters and media.

Former Republican congressman Amo Houghton Jr., Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning, Sen. Tom O’Mara, R-Big Flats, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning, Mayor Bill Boland, Corning Enterprises President G. Thomas Tranter Jr., and representatives from the Corning Chamber of Commerce were just some of the people in attendance at the restaurant’s new location Monday.

Owner Donna Robbins was humbled by the amount of support she received Monday and throughout the relocation of her restaurant the past several months since she was evicted from her former location down the street in July.

“It’s just absolutely incredible,” said Robbins. “I am so grateful to the community, to Corning Enterprises, Amo Houghton, the whole Gaffer District, everybody, for making this happen. Without their support, without their backing, and without the backing of my customers, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Those in attendance Monday were grateful that the longtime Corning restaurateur, who has been in business for 34 years, has been given new life.

“Donna has always been a big part of my life,” said Houghton. “She’s a terrific person. She represents the finest ingredients."

“It takes people (like Donna) who own their own business, who stay around, and have an impact on the whole community - from the kids, all the way up to the grandparents."

 “This is a great day in our city,” said Boland. “We have a community treasure, a Corning institution, back in business. It’s just a testament that in our city, we make things happen.”

Robbins said she approves of her new location, which formerly housed Dippity Do Dahs and was renovated to accommodate Donna’s.

“I like it,” she said. “It’s bright, it’s cheerful, it’s pretty.”

Robbins said business has been “unbelievable” since the new location opened Nov. 5.