Indigo Cafe, which closed recently, had been operating out of the location. The reaction to the reopening of Rick's has been positive, said Dissell.
People around town have stopped him and his wife and remarked about how glad they were that Rick's was reopening.
"I'm just really thrilled that people are excited that we are back in business," he said.
Upon entering the restaurant, some patrons have been on the verge of tears, said Dissell.
Bill Brundage, owner of Brundage Jewelers, just a few blocks away on Chenoweth Lane, said that he and his employees had a longtime tradition of going to Rick's every Thursday night. He said he's excited about the reopening and that he plans to renew that tradition.
"When you went into Rick's, you knew what you were going to get," said Brundage. "The quality and the food was consistent."
Shirl Palmer-Ball, who is chairman of the board at Palmer Products and was a longtime patron of Rick's, has already visited the restaurant since it reopened.
"I think it's terrific," said Palmer-Ball, who added that he likes the menu and atmosphere at Rick's.
Rick's moved from its Chenoweth Square location to a new location at the old Chism's hardware store, at 3814 Frankfort Ave., in 1997.
The new location wasn't profitable, and the restaurant closed after two years (Diamond Pub & Billiards currently operates in the building).
After closing the restaurant, Dissell helped open Blue Parrot Grille in the East End. That restaurant was named after the Blue Parrot Cafe, the restaurant that was down the street from Rick's Cafe in the classic film "Casablanca."
Dissell said that he's already been fielding questions about how "Ferrari" ended up in his restaurant's name.
He doesn't own a Ferrari.
However, since many people through the years mistakingly thought that he took his restaurant's name from Rick's Cafe in "Casablanca," he decided to add a "Casablanca" reference this time around.
Signor Ferrari was the owner of the Blue Parrot Cafe in the movie.
Rick's menu includes some favorites from the restaurant's old menu, and it also includes some new items created by executive chef Doug Scott.
The restaurant's slogan is: "Regional flavors. Neighborhood feel." Menu items include steaks, porkchops, pasta, sandwiches and salads.
Rick's is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is open for dinner Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.
Its phone number is 893-0106.