Major Damage After Fire at Lakeshore Restaurant
Damage is estimated at $500,000 after fire destroyed a popular restaurant in Emeryville.
Fire crews from Lakeshore and Tecumseh battled the blaze at Twigg's Bar and Grill along County Road 22, which broke out shortly after 4 p.m. on Monday.
Firefighters continued to hose down hot spots, unable to get the smoke under control for a number of hours.
"Due to structural safety concerns and the heavy damage in the investigation area, the fire event cause will be classified as undetermined," said Lakeshore Fire Chief Don Williamson.
According to the restaurant owners, some people were inside when the fire started, but they were able to get out safely.
They also say they plan to rebuild and open again in 2020.
Lakeshore mayor Tom Bain is happy to hear the owners plan to reopen.
"They're a business that was just in the process of expanding what they were doing, expanding into the catering area and then to get hit with this setback in certainly sad news for all of us, but we'll be there to help them what we can in getting re-established," says Bain.
Bain adds the restaurant has become a staple in the community since opening a number of years ago, and the fire has left a hole in Lakeshore.
"It's something that's greatly needed in the community," says Bain. "We don't have an over abundance of nice restaurants. We can always use more and to lose one of our major restaurants is certainly a huge concern to the town."
Bain tells AM800 News the town is ready to help in any way it can.
"We certainly are behind them all the way and hope that they will rebuild because they've provided some great meals there and service was always great," says Bain. "It was a popular place for all of the residents of, not only Lakeshore, but the County of Essex."
— With files from CTV Windsor