In November of 1991, following several miscarriages and a difficult pregnancy, Yesmeen Isabelle Mikhail was born. Mary focused on raising their daughter until Yesmeen began attending school full-time while Steve managed the restaurant. In February of 2000 Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer but the couple continued to work hard balancing the restaurant and family despite their challenges. Misfortune struck again in 2001 when Nanna’s Kitchen was lost to a fire that started in a coffee shop located a few doors down. The tiny diner suffered damages beyond repair. By that time Steve and Mary had well established themselves and their “homecooking” in the downtown area and rebuilding Nanna’s was, beyond a doubt, the natural thing to do.