Greek cuisine makes a triumphant return to downtown Berryville as the Santorini Grill reopens Friday, August 24th. The restaurant, which originally opened on March 23rd of this year, was forced to close for almost eight weeks after a fire occurred on July 3rd. A refrigeration compressor used to power a walk-in cooler caught fire and quickly spread to the walls of the small room where it was located at the back of the restaurant.
Santorini Grill owner Tom Diamantis said, “The fire happened very quickly and it was very intense. It destroyed everything in the room.”
Although the fire was contained to the room on the back of the structure, the intense heat caused extensive damage to the room and the equipment housed there. Additionally, smoke from the fire entered the main structure and necessitated a thorough cleaning of the entire building before the restaurant would be ready for business once again. Coordination of all the work with insurance and the property owner took time and as days slipped into weeks the business owners worked diligently to get their restaurant open once again. Diamantis said, “It was a small fire, but there was a lot of work that needed to be done before we could open again.”
Now, work has been completed and Santorini’s is ready to once again begin serving their Greek specialties to the community. Diamantis said, “We are very happy to reopen and get back to business in Berryville.”