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Village Restaurant opens in new location

 

Christopher Andersson

Village Taphouse & Grill waitress Monica St. Clair, right, takes the bill from customers including Don Harquail, left, during the restaurant's grand re-opening on June 24.

The Village Restaurant held the grand opening of their new location on June 24 after their previous building burned down earlier this year.

For many decades the restaurant had been a well-known part of the Marysville downtown core, however a fire destroyed most of the building during the morning of Feb. 19.

About four months later the Village Restaurant, which is now known as the Village Taphouse & Grill, was able to move next door to the former Maxwell's Restaurant building where they plan to stay as their new permanent location.

"It was so horrific to lose the business next door and I was devastated, but to get to this in the end, it's amazing and now I feel like I won the lottery. It's so crazy," said Alicia Adamson, owner of the Village Restaurant.

Adamson said the new location is an improvement for their restaurant.

"I like how absolutely beautiful and new everything is. It's quite a step up from what we had it before," she said. "If I dreamt up my dream restaurant I would not be able to dream this big."

Village employees also are enjoying the new building.

"It's gorgeous. Just very gorgeous," said Jessica Warren, manager for the Village Restaurant.

Warren also said that a remodel was done before they moved in, "apparently just for us, because of the sequence of events that happened, and we're very fortunate for that."

The restaurant held their grand opening on June 24 but have been open since June 14.

"We tried not to tell anyone so we could work out all the bugs and get moved in, and figure out where to put everything," said Adamson.

All but one of the previous staff members returned to the re-opened restaurant.

Warren said employees are happy to get back to work for the restaurant.

"It is so exciting, super exciting to be back to work," she said. "It's been a long time coming."

From February to June most of the employees took temporary jobs to get by.

"Almost all of our employees got jobs in the in-between. A lot of people in the community reached out and hired them temporarily and it was nice of them to do that," said Warren.

Although during that time many employees were looking to get back to the Village.

"We kept a message feed going with everybody to keep the staff informed, and they kept on messaging me 'can we give our notice yet?'" said Adamson.

Adamson said that many of the Village Restaurant staff are tight-knit and kept in touch during the four months when the restaurant was down.

"Even when we were all working other places, we got together for dinners and game nights," said Adamson.

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Village Taphouse & Grill owner Alicia Adamson, right, and partner Christina Adamson, left, at the restaurant's grand re-opening on June 24.

Since opening, the Village Taphouse & Grill has been busy every night, said Adamson.

"This building sat vacant for four years and a lot of people have been happy to have it re-open again. Our old customers from the Village are coming, as well as old Maxwell's customers," she said.

There has also been a lot of community members come to show their appreciation for the familiar restaurant returning.

"There's been so much outpouring of congratulations and support," said Adamson. "I don't think I've been hugged this much as I have been since we've been open."

She also wanted to recognize the Marysville community which helped the staff and her through this time.

"I want to thank them for their amazing support and care through this whole thing. It was so hard for us to go through, but so many people cared," she said.

 

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