Garrison Ale House will be closed for 6 months
Fire officials say the blaze is not suspicious and have ruled out electrical problems
Owners of the Garrison District Ale House are now expecting the popular Fredericton restaurant will be closed between four to six months after the building was hit by fire on Jan. 4.
Doug Williams, the restaurant’s co-owner, had initially hoped the Garrison could be open in six weeks, but on Monday he said it will take much longer to finish the renovation.
"We're estimating right now probably four to six months because of water in the electrical room downstairs. We basically have to haul the whole electrical system out and rewire everything, so that takes quite a bit of time," he said.
Fredericton fire officials say they are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire. However, officials say the fire not suspicious and they have ruled out an electrical malfunction.
The Garrison District Ale House outlined some of its challenges on its Facebook page on Monday.
"Construction crews will be spending a few weeks stripping everything down before the rebuild," the Facebook post said.
"There is some good news. The shelving in the back of the restaurant appears to be fit to keep, as does the bar itself."
The fire has not only been a setback for the restaurant’s owners, but also the staff who worked there.
Williams said his staff won't be able to wait it out for the longer renovation period.
He said they have started looking for other work and a few have found other jobs already.