After a weekend's worth of fundraising for Nancy's Home Cooking, it's still not clear if the community can help keep the restaurant open.

After a weekend's worth of fundraising for Nancy's Home Cooking, it's still not clear if the community can help keep the restaurant open.

Nancy's owner Cindy King announced several weeks ago that she would close the restaurant June 1. Since then, community groups and individuals have offered help and raised funds to try to keep the restaurant operating, which King's family members say they would like to do.

The Clintonville Area Chamber of Commerce was stationed outside Nancy's last Friday collecting donations, which totaled $3,158 plus two cans of coins that are yet to be counted, said chamber president Donna Leigh-Osborne.

"We had numerous people who just walked up, dropped $20 in the box and went on their way to work," Leigh-Osborne said. Others stopped their cars on High Street in front of the restaurant just to hop out and donate.

Other fundraisers were held by individuals last Saturday and Sunday, Leigh-Osborne said. More community fundraisers are in the works, though last Friday was the chamber's last, she said.

"There are numerous groups stepping up to raise funds," Leigh-Osborne said.

However, no one is sure how much money it will take to pay off debt and cover renovations needed to make the restaurant compliant with city codes.

The fundraising, coupled with an increase of roughly 40 percent in gross receipts, has gone a long way in paying off outstanding bills, said Tracy King McCurry, one of King's family members who has been running the restaurant.

Several groups have offered equipment and labor to bring the space up to current standards, McCurry said. She said the family is waiting on estimates for construction work. They then will decide whether the restaurant can be saved.

"There's a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel," she said.

King said she's touched by the support her restaurant has received. It won't be enough to pay for her medical bills, though some restaurant patrons made donations last Friday to help King pay the more than $75,000 in bills.

Still, her announcement that she planned to close her restaurant has generated a buzz in the community.

"It's the most excitement we've had since the bowling alley burned down in 1980," she said.