June 9th, 2016
As fire crews searched for hot spots, curious people looked on from nearby parking lots, westbound traffic on East Main Street was temporarily taken down to one lane in front of the restaurant and about a half dozen restaurant employees stood around in the parking lot talking. They told the Gazette they were not allowed to make any statements to the press.
There was no indication Thursday morning as to when the restaurant would be reopened for business. Signs blocking the entrances to the parking lot Thursday afternoon simply stated work to refresh the restaurant was under way and that it would be reopening soon.
According to a U.S. Fire Administration analysis of restaurant fires conducted over the period of 2011 to 2013, the most recent analysis on the topic on the organization’s website, around 5,600 are reported across the country on average each year, with 63.5 percent tied directly to cooking and nearly 68 percent of the fires being contained to where they originated.