A restaurant that's been closed for nearly two months because of frozen pipes finally opened again on Monday.

Stanley Dare owns Foon Hai in the Exchange District. 

Dare is relieved he’ll finally be able to open his doors again.

“Well, it's like someone lifted a patio block off your chest,” said Dare." Lots and lots of stress on you because you have to worry about like ah, your payments.  You still have payments everything still come in."

Despite not being open, Dare said he still had to pay the restaurant's $633.62 water bill.

Stanley Dare

Stanley Dare, who owns Foon Hai in the Exchange, said he has lost thousands of dollars in business since the city's pipes leading to his restaurant froze. (CBC)

A communications officer with the city said water charges on utility bills are based on the amount of water used, as measured by water meters. Unless there are pipes frozen throughout an entire quarterly billing period, the city said there is likely to be some limited water charges.

Dare estimated he lost between $60,000 to $80,000 in revenue over the 53 days he has been closed. 

According to Dare, insurance won't cover losses due to frozen pipes. The pipes froze March 3.

Ken Yu has been waiting nearly two months to get back to work. He applied for Employment Insurance, but by the time he went back to work Monday, he still had not received anything from EI. He is glad to have work again.

"Happy of course, excited.  I got income again," Yu said, adding he had some savings to help him through.

Customers were glad the restaurant opened again.

John Barnard said it is one of his favourite lunch spots and spicy schezuan chicken noodle soup is his go-to meal.

"We discovered it was closed when we came down and saw the sign on the door, so we really didn't know and our only way to know was to come back down and check which we've been doing," Barnard said.