Employees met at New Buffalo’s City Hall around 4 p.m. to collect their paychecks. Some people, including Heidi Arbri left with a Michigan Works! folder with information on how to collect unemployment and job assistance.
“(The meeting) gave us hope for what’s to come in the future,” said Arbri.
While Stray Dogs’ owner declined numerous requests to talk to WSBT-TV, employees say they learned there are plans in the works to rebuild the restaurant with a grand opening target of spring/summer 2013.
Meanwhile, investigators and inspectors spent Friday at the restaurant, looking at the extensive damage.
On Thursday, New Buffalo Assistant Fire Chief Jack Kennedy told WSBT –TV the building inspector wants the restaurant demolished.
Posted on Stray Dog’s Facebook page Friday afternoon:
On behalf of everyone at The Stray Dog Bar & Grill we would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude for all of the incredible help we received on Tuesday when our beloved restaurant caught on fire. The immediate and thorough response we received from police and firefighters was truly amazing. Although The Stray Dog will have to be torn down, we have every intention to rebuild it bigger and better! Thank you again for all of your help and support. We'll be sure and keep you updated here!