Sandollar reopens 8 months after fire

Published On: Nov 19 2012 04:14:10 PM EST
Updated On: Nov 19 2012 08:46:23 PM EST

VIDEO: The Sandollar Restaurant reopens eight months after a fire damages through it.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

Eight months after fire damaged the Sandollar Restaurant on the Northside, it has been renovated and reopened.

The restaurant was able to save all the tables, chairs and decorations to keep its original feel.

Flames ripped through the well-known seafood restaurant in March. Dozens of firefighters worked to put the fire out. What the fire left behind wasn't pretty, but owner Jay McKenzie gave his customers this promise:

"We'll rebuild the kitchen, fix the attic and we'll be back open soon," he said.

After months of rebuilding and a few hundred thousand dollars in renovations, "We're back, just like I told you eight months ago," McKenzie said. "It'd take us a while to get open, but we're back and we're better than ever."

McKenzie said while he was rebuilding, other local restaurants lent a helping hand. They gave his workers temporary jobs at their places, and once the Sandollar's doors finally reopened, it was business as usual and longtime customers came right back.

"As we pass this way going to Jacksonville often, we watched the progress and we were so glad to see them open back up," customer Cheryl Broome said.

"It seems the same, food's still good, everything's still good to me," customer Ben Ayers said.

Despite the setbacks, the restaurant's staff say they're here to stay.

"It's been here since 1988 and it's going to be here a long time past today," McKenzie said.

The Sandollar is open every day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. It has a Thanksgiving Day buffet planned for Thursday.

Comments

The views expressed below are not those of News4Jax or its affiliated companies. By clicking on "Post," you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and your comment is in compliance with such terms. Readers, please help keep this discussion respectful and on topic by flagging comments that are offensive or inappropriate (hover over the commenter's name and you'll see the flag option appear on right side of that line). And remember, respect goes both ways: Tolerance of others' opinions is important in a free discourse. If you're easily offended by strong opinions, you might skip reading comments entirely.

blog comments powered by Disqus