While it's certainly not business as usual at the Witch of Endor Pub, it will be as soon as repairs can be made.
The process has begun, owner Justin Strange explained after fire gutted the kitchen of the local establishment last Thursday morning.
How long the repairs will take remains to be seen, said Strange, who is owner of the Justin Strange Group of Companies, which owns the Witch.
"They're [insurance investigators] in there right now, trying to understand the damage," he told The TIMES.
Maple Ridge fire officials have ruled the fire accidental, saying the blaze began in a deep fryer in the kitchen in the rear of the building.
"The kitchen is a total loss," noted Strange.
He added that it's unknown how extensive the smoke and water damage is to the rest of the building.
"It's an opportunity for us to improve our operations, make a new menu, and create a better space for our customers," Strange commented, stressing there are positives, even in the case of a fire.
The pub will obviously go through improvements as the repairs are conducted, but Strange noted that regardless of what needs to be done, the pub will retain the same feeling and experience for customers.
"That's my number one priority," he noted. "The customer base we have is appreciated, they are a valuable group of people and are very loyal."
Until the insurance company is finished their investigation, timelines for repairs and reopening can't be estimated.
In the meantime, staff from the pub have been relocated to other properties in the Justin Strange Group of Companies. "Obviously everybody is a bit alarmed and shaken up," Strange said of the staff response to the fire. "Everybody will be taken care of, we will be preserving our staff."
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