The Yelling Goat is close to reopening after a February fire forced extensive renovations of the Lancaster restaurant.
Investigators couldn't pinpoint the reason the fire started in an upstairs apartment at 206 Central Ave., said owner Laurie Kutas.
"Initially all we had was water and smoke damage, and it didn’t seem so bad," she said. "Then you start digging into this stuff, and the wiring needs to be redone, this is damaged, we have to take this wall out. It turned out to be a rebuild of the entire building, head to toe."
The roof needed to be replaced. The building's floor plan hasn't changed, but "everything's getting a bit of a facelift." The bar's in the same place, but it's new.
The Yelling Goat should be open by the end of May, Kutas said.
The restaurant's pet-friendly patio will be improved and enlarged, she said, welcoming even more dogs, goats, pot-bellied pigs and their humans. About 10 seats have been added.
The food's going to be the same. Co-owner John Rooney has "come up with a few new dishes during our hiatus," she said, "but it's going to be mostly the same."
The Yelling Goat staff, numbering more than 20 people, will remain mostly the same, as well. The owners had insurance for lost income and were able to pay most of their employees' regular wages for two months, Kutas said. "We've got everybody in place, and that's a positive."
"All we want is to get back to work," she said. "It's been a very trying time."
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